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Sarah Nickerson jest jedną z wielu pracujących, ambitnych mam z Welmont, bogatego przedmieścia Bostonu. Mieszka tam z mężem Bobem, wierną nianią i trójką dzieci – Lucy, Charliem i dziewięciomiesięcznym Linusem.Wciąż w biegu, pomiędzy rekrutowaniem najlepszych i najbardziej błyskotliwych umysłów jako wiceprezes zasobów ludzkich w Berkley Consultings, odwożeniem dzieci na meSarah Nickerson jest jedną z wielu pracujących, ambitnych mam z Welmont, bogatego przedmieścia Bostonu. Mieszka tam z mężem Bobem, wierną nianią i trójką dzieci – Lucy, Charliem i dziewięciomiesięcznym Linusem.Wciąż w biegu, pomiędzy rekrutowaniem najlepszych i najbardziej błyskotliwych umysłów jako wiceprezes zasobów ludzkich w Berkley Consultings, odwożeniem dzieci na mecze, do żłobka i na lekcje pianina, przekonywaniem nauczycielki swojego syna, że dziecko prawdopodobnie nie ma zaburzeń uwagi i spieszeniem do domu na wspólną kolację, ta ambitna i zapracowana kobieta praktycznie nie ma czasu na głębszy oddech.Jakimś cudem, niczym kontroler lotów, Sarah trzyma w ryzach każdą minutę swojego życia. Ale ten nadmuchany do granic możliwości balon musi kiedyś wybuchnąć. Pewnego pechowego dnia, Sarah jadąc do pracy rozmawia przez telefon i o sekundę za długo nie patrzy na drogę. W jednym momencie, wszystkie idealnie zgrane i zgodnie pracujące części mechanizmu zwanego życiem, zostają z hukiem zatrzymane.Spowodowany wypadkiem uraz mózgu całkowicie wymazuje lewą stronę jej świata, i po raz pierwszy, Sarah pozwala na to żeby kontrolę przejęli jej bliscy, w tym od dawna nieobecna w jej życiu matka. Nie mogąc nawet porządnie umyć zębów, musi przemyśleć swoją przeszłość i zastanowić się nad niepewną przyszłością.Teraz, kiedy siłą woli próbuje odzyskać niezależność i zdrowie, Sarah musi nauczyć się, że jej prawdziwe przeznaczenie, jej nowe, prawdziwe życie, może znajdować się daleko od świata sal konferencyjnych i projektów. Musi dostrzec, że szczęście i satysfakcja większa niż sukces zawodowy znajdują się w jej zasięgu, wystarczy tylko przez chwilę zwolnić tempo....

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ISBN : 9788361386247
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Number of Pages : 207 Pages
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Lewa strona życia Reviews

  • Nancy
    2018-12-08 00:32

    Barnes & Noble are return Nazis. When I tried to return a Christmas gift for store credit (no receipt - it was a gift), the clerk was quite nasty about it. So I conceived an evil scheme: I would buy a book I was only mildly interested in (Lisa Genova's Left Neglected), read it, and then return it. Take that, B&N! A problem arose.Lisa Genova's book is...really good. Fascinating, actually. Sarah, the hard-driving, consulting-firm executive and mother of three, wins the daily gamble with her husband and gets to drive to work without dropping the kids at daycare. Her mind spinning with her endless to-do list, she allows her attention to stray for a vital instant, and suffers a horrific accident, including a traumatic brain injury. When she awakens, she finds she has lost all awareness of anything on her left - Left Neglect. This could have been a recipe for a somber, bitter novel, or perhaps an unrealistically inspirational one, but it is neither. Sarah, her husband Bob, and Sarah's formerly neglectful, now eager-to-make-amends mother, are all fully-formed characters who are also immensely likable. (Thank you for that, Lisa Genova! I detest spending time with ugly people, even if they are well-drawn.) The decidedly peculiar problems faced by those suffering from this unusual condition are - well, they are just so interesting. At one point, Sarah's husband is urging her to "look left" and she asks him to describe the room to her, which he does. Then she asks him, "Okay, now what if I told you that everything you see is only half of everything that's really here? What if I told you to turn your head and look at the other half? Where would you look?"Ouch. But also, really well done, Lisa Genova! I really GOT that. Left Neglected is fast-moving, intellectually engaging, emotionally powerful, and really got me thinking about my own tendency to think there is only "one best way" to navigate the world. So I guess I'll have to revenge myself on B&N some other way.

  • Petra X
    2018-11-29 00:26

    Often follow-up books seem written to capitalise on the first book's success and this is no exception. It seems as though Genova has invented a new genre, neurological chicklit. I didn't think it was as good as her first book, Still Alice but perhaps that's in part because Still Alice had a likeable protagonist who progressed through a disease and the reader travelled with her. In Left Neglected, Sarah Nickerson is not a likeable person, she's just too up herself with her boasting at every opportunity of what a success she is in business and as a supermother. I was sympathetic to her story of brain damage and the consequential loss of attention to her left side but her condition (and the book) never got better and the adjustments she made weren't really the stuff or drama, or even much improvement. At the end of the story she is less overbearing than at the start, but first impressions do count, and she didn't make a good one on me.The neurological condition was interesting. I had heard of it but not much about it. I probably would have gone on thinking it was an all-or-nothing kind of disorder - if you have it you're doomed forever never to know that the left side of the world (and yourself) exists if I hadn't read V.S. Ramachandran's Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind. This is a really interesting neurological disorder book, more scientific than Oliver Sacks and just as interesting, even if Ramachandran isn't such a warm and personally engaging author as Sacks. In Phantoms, there is so much more to left neglect, or hemispatial neglect as it is also called. An aside - right neglect scarcely exists because of the way the brain processes information. There is much treatment that can be offered to a sufferer, from prism glasses, to vibration of the neck muscles to focus attention, plus many other drug and behavioural therapies. Very little of this is mentioned in Left Neglect. It is as if the author had thought of a good idea and then thought the technical stuff just doesn't fit the story and that character rather than plot will be the mainstay of the book.Not a bad book by any means. But the essence of light fiction is immediate identification and sympathy with the protagonists and their situation, (think Bridget Jones's Diary, if that is missing there has to be something deeper or exciting to take it's place and there wasn't anything, or not for me. It was just a one-note book, and for that it gets 3 stars.

  • Daniel Parsons
    2018-12-07 21:29

    In Still Alice Lisa Genova stunningly put into words a woman's sudden and devastating diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease. What worked so well was how the book was told from Alice's POV - and you see how she first is able to recognise what is happening to her, and her recognition of how it is effecting those around her, until gradually the condition takes over and so that awareness begins to disintegrate. But at the same time, the novel remained hopeful - despite some dark turns - and the conclusion (surely the antithesis of dreck like The Notebook) pulled no punches yet was also utterly beautiful.Well, Genova has pulled it off again with a similar sounding book that nonetheless proves she is no one-tick pony. Here, in Left Neglect, hard-working coffee addict supermom Claire takes her eyes off the road one second too long and has a devastating car crash that results in brain damage, leaving her with the condition known as Left Neglect - she is no longer aware of the left side of the world. In anything. This means she cannot see the left side of things, including the left side of food on her plate, her left arm, leg. When asked to draw a house, she will only draw the left side of it. If someone stands on the left side of the room, she cannot see them. And it's not like she is aware that the left side is gone, exactly. She merely cannot understand how there *is* a left. Through extensive physiotherapy, support, massive determination, she gradually starts to learn how the condition will affect her every moment, but also how she can begin to overcome the condition, how the crash may have made her realise what is important in her life, how she will live now. If this also sounds a bit Lifetime - and I can understand how it does - all I can say is that it is anything but.Left Neglect is a truly original, fascinating, one-of-a-kind book that truly will effect you. Above all, it is a powerful piece on the human condition.

  • Thomas
    2018-11-28 23:44

    I felt intellectual while indulging in Lisa Genova's latest novel, Left Neglected. I wish my chemistry textbook was as interesting as this book, maybe then I'd be more inclined to actively participate in class.Anyway, reading this book was a vicarious experience. It is about a self-proclaimed overachiever, Sarah Nickerson. She manages a position as vice president of a prominent consulting company as well as her husband and three kids. This Harvard graduate suffers from an overbooked schedule, but still strives for success despite the strain placed upon her. One fateful day, an unexpected car accident completely erases her ability to process anything on her left side - she even loses the capability to move her left arm and leg. Now Sarah must climb an entirely different mountain; one that doesn't detail spread sheets or coworkers, but regaining half of her entire world.In Driver's Education today, my teacher had students wear vision-impairing goggles and attempt to pass a mock sobriety test. The probable purpose of this lesson was to show the negative effects of impairment through illegal substances, but the entire time, I was thinking about Left Neglected. I struggled saliently when I wore the goggles for about two minutes - I could not walk in a straight line, keep my balance, or throw a ball accurately to someone two feet away from me. When I finally removed the goggles, a sense of relief flooded through me.But what if I had to keep the goggles on? Permanently, instead of ephemerally? Even worse, what if I lost half of my whole vision irrevocably?That is what Sarah must deal with, a frightening disorder called Left Neglect. This book was not as intensely depressing as I assumed it to be, however - there are prevalent poignant moments where Sarah's recovery truly touched me. She goes from being averse to wasting even a minute of the day, and then being forced to receive help while doing daily tasks such as dressing and eating.I not only learned about Left Neglect by reading this book, but the effect it has on people. I am already awaiting Genova's next great book.Want to read more of my reviews? Follow me here.

  • Paula Kalin
    2018-11-30 20:47

    Left Neglected is another medical novel by Lisa Genova set in a fictional town called Wellmont (really Belmont Massachusetts). Sarah Nickerson, a career-driven Harvard MBA HR consultant, gets in a car accident which leaves her with Left Neglect. A brain injury where the victim's mind cannot identify the left side of her body or surroundings. Sarah does not do well in her new situation, but you can't fell much sympathy as she is not a likable character.This was a book club choice and a disappointment. I very much enjoyed Lisa Genova's Inside the O'Briens and would recommend reading this instead of Left Neglected.3 out of 5 stars

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-11-23 00:35

    I didn't find this book as powerful or influential as Genova's other two books, Still Alice and Inside the O'Briens, in fact the medical tragedy theme is starting to become quite a repetitive and predictable pattern, but I still love this author's prose and the way she captures everyday life shattered by the unthinkable.

  • Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
    2018-12-02 01:27

    First of all, I think that the title of this book is very clever, just like the novel. When I picked up this book and even after reading the blurb, I had no idea that this book was about a neurological condition - in fact, I'd never even heard of 'Left Neglect' which is a condition also known as hemispatial neglect. This book definitely opened my eyes and taught me about this condition which I previously had no idea about. It was interesting to hear about the main character, Sarah, both before and after her accident and seeing the impact that her condition had not only on herself but upon the people around her, too. The other, emotionally based neglect regarding Sarah's relationship with her mother was also well written and rather emotional. The way it was intertwined with the dealing of Sarah's condition was very sensitively handled. I also thought it was very positive that the message of not using your phone whilst driving was reinforced near the end of the book. There was some light hearted humour which ran through the book too, which made it easier to read. Genova really managed to get into Sarah's character and really sympathise with her. The other family members felt strong too and I found Charlie facing ADHD and trying to tackle it alongside his mothers different condition very heartwarming. The whole book was interesting and although there weren't any 'cliff hangers', I felt compelled to keep reading on, simply because of the subject and the simple writing. I look forward to more of Genova's writing and she's definitely an author I'd recommend to those who enjoy novels by authors such as Jodi Picoult.

  • Ruth Turner
    2018-11-24 23:27

    DNFI stopped reading this at a little under the half way mark. It's terrible. It's boring. It's repetitive. The main character is self-absorbed, insufferable and unlikable. I got tired of hearing about how great she is, how great she is at her job, how well educated she is...over and over again *eyeroll*The dream sequences at the beginning of the earlier chapters had me scratching my head. I'm not sure what the significance was.I also found her reaction to the "traumatic brain injury" she sustained in the car accident to be unbelievable. The minute she regains consciousness, after surgery and being unconscious for eight days, she starts to worry about her hairy legs and chin hairs..."I stroke my chin, expecting to feel my Little Pig beard, but touch only smooth skin. My leg feels like a farm animal, which suggests I haven’t shaved in at least a week,..."Really??I don't know if the book improves in the second half and I don't particularly care enough about Sarah to bother finding out.I loved "Still Alice" but this was a big disappointment. I find it hard to believe it was written by the same author.I hated it!

  • Sharon
    2018-11-27 00:41

    Sarah Nickerson is an extremely busy wife and mother to three beautiful children who also works long hours as the vice president of human resources at Berkley consulting. Every morning Sarah is always in a hurry trying to get the children ready for school in between making their breakfast and their lunches to take to school. Then it's a mad dash out the door to get them to school on time.One morning whilst taking the children to school, Sarah takes her eyes off the road for a split moment. Before she knows what's happening, Sarah is in a terrible accident an accident that will alter her life forever. Sarah is left with a terrible brain injury after the accident. Finding the strength to get through each day is a constant battle for Sarah and some days she feels as if she can't go on. But with the support from family and friends she knows she must give it all she has, no matter how hard it is most days. This is an astonishing story about how quickly your life can change in an instant. A really moving story which will touch the hearts of many including mine. Highly recommended.

  • Phrynne
    2018-11-20 23:47

    I found the topic of this book, that is the disability suffered by the main character, to be very interesting indeed and some of her problems and therapies were fascinating.However I found I could not like her at all and this detracted from my pleasure in the book. There was a good story in there which kept me going to the end but I can't say I enjoyed all of it. It was okay but not one of the better books I have read this year so far.

  • Mish
    2018-11-26 21:31

    Left Neglected is an inspiring, informative and lightly humorous novel with a clear message for everyone to slow down and really think what they are doing. Our safety and life are not worth risking a deadline or an appointment. Sarah Nickerson and her husband, Bob, have a busy lifestyle. Bob works for a company that is financially unstable, and Sarah has a high profile position as vice president for a consulting firm. They are parents to young children, juggling a demanding career and home life, working a 10 to 12 hour a day. You often see them in the middle making breakfast or driving the kids to school, either on the phone or computer catching up on work related issues. Sarah knew deep down she couldn’t continue like this - something will give. But she has debts to pay, and has been doing it for years. She’s determined and career driven and really loves her job. So thoughts about slowing down are usually pushed to one side. But Sarah’s luck ran out when she took her eyes of the road – for just a second - to fish out her phone to make a call. The consequences were completely tragic. Sarah had an accident that left her with a rare and severe brain injury that changed her life.Firstly, I must say that I’ve never heard of this type of brain injury before reading this book. And for a moment at the beginning, I thought Ms. Genova was making it all up. It just seemed too surreal. But sure enough, when I Google it there is in fact a condition/injury to the brain, which commonly affects stroke victims, called Left Neglect (or Hemispatial Neglect) where the person cannot recognise the space around them on the left hand side. Once I realised the severity of this disability, all thoughts were racing though my mind about the potential danger a person can face. And how do you rehabilitate someone with this disability? How can a person gain back their independence and have a fulfilling life?The one aspect I really like in Ms. Genova writing and storytelling of medical topics that she doesn’t elaborate on the medical particulars, but gave me (as a reader) exactly what I wanted, which is Sarah’s recovery; her insecurities about body image and relationship with her husband, adapting to the radical change in routine and around the home; the therapy involved, and the different exercise techniques used to stretch her mind and vision further to enhance her mobility. When you see/read the little progress that Sarah’s made and how far she’s come from the time of the accident to the present, it is really inspirational. The family are wonderful and down to earth, which I connected with immensely. Sarah is intelligent, determined and very funny at times. And even though this journey is tough, draining and sometime embarrassing for her, she never lost her sense of humour throughout the book. Which made it light and an uplifting to read. Lisa Genova has done a good thing here. Not only is it a brilliant story, she’s also increased awareness and understanding of this difficult and devastating condition.

  • Sherah
    2018-11-28 02:27

    This is the worst book I've read in a very long time. I was attracted to the story idea: an over-achieving, American life-script-following business lady is changed dramatically by a brain injury that leaves her without the ability to register the left side of her body or anything in her left field of vision. I thought it would be interesting to hear about her existential fears, fear of change, etc, and how she figures out that her lifestyle was ridiculously unsustainable, bravely moving out of the mold and into a happier life. I also thought it would be well-written, as the author holds a PhD in Neuroscience and could provide a lot of detail. But no. This book and it's main character-lady were shitty. The first 1/3 of this boring read was page after page of disgusting recitations of all the possessions this lady owned, congratulating herself on how well-bred she was and how awesome she was at her job (but barely able to manage all of its demands), and detailing the multitude of ways in which she ignored her husband and three children despite being intensely bitter about having been ignored by her own mother growing up (that comparison is never acknowledged, by the way). She is the most superficial person I've ever read about. I was truly apalled. She looks down on everything that isn't designer or expensive or "in." The author makes HORRIBLE analogy after horrible analogy (your "inner babysitter is falling asleep"? really?), she barely uses correct grammar (eg, "I was not not going to do that") and drops name brands repeatedly like she's in high school and desperate for admiration and acceptance into a materialistic culture that sucks. And she mentions her Harvard education more than Toofer Spurlock. OK I GET IT, YOU'RE TYPE A AND YOU WENT TO HARVARD, I heard you the first 150 times and I didn't care then, either. Jesus. If I wanted to read page after page of a crappy blog written by a whiny, entitled robot I would've just gone to Wordpress and searched on "Jimmy Choo" or whatever the name of that impressive home-espresso-machine contraption you wasted my time describing is.There was one plotline in the entire book, it was repetitive, and it involved following a whiny, ungrateful, unlovable lady through her barely-emotional journey through recovering from an *intense brain injury*. The last two thirds of the book taught me some amazing speed-reading skills that I don't normally have time to develop since I usually just recycle my junk mail before I get to read it. Ok, you hate rehab, you refuse to accept your handicap, but you want everyone to do do everything for you and get you lattes? You suck, and I don't care about your life.To be fair, in the end she does convince her almost un-convincable husband that moving to their second home in a ski-town in Vermont is probably better for the family, and she may have eventually come around to deepness at a later, un-documented-in-this-book, date. But all I heard was negativity and self-centered defeatism for the first 95% of the book.The only reason I read this whole book is because I'm trying not to start books and then never finish them. Also, I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt, and hold out for some goodness. That goodness never came.Books like this are why I don't read a lot of fiction. Ha, this was harsh. Also poorly written - my apologies. I hate shitty books so I felt like venting and warning and didn't feel much like editing. Perhaps in keeping with the bad-writing theme. HEY-O!

  • Debi G.
    2018-12-13 21:37

    This book was loaned to me with a glowing recommendation. I found the plot familiar and predictable, and thought the main character mentioned her cherished Harvard MBA with absurd frequency. That said, I recognize the broad appeal of pulp chick lit, and expect to see the Hollywood edition advertised soon.

  • Ms.pegasus
    2018-12-02 01:27

    Left Neglect is a neurological condition resulting from right-hemisphere brain damage. Working from an assumption that the brain matches sensory input to a number of expected templates, we gain some understanding of how the patient is not aware of the deficit until it is brought to her attention. Thus, Sarah thinks she is drawing a complete face, or seeing the food on both sides of her plate. (Her drawing only has one eye, and the food on the left side of her plate is uneaten). The most interesting parts of this book deal with the nature of the malady, and its treatment. Sarah is given exercises that force her to pay attention to her left side. She pulls cotton balls off the left side of her body, incorporates a mantra of turning her head to locate a red left margin marker into her reading exercises, practices rolling her wheelchair in a straight line, and drawing faces that have two eyes instead of one. At one point an astute parallel is drawn between Sarah's difficulty focusing sustained attention to her left side, and her son's attentional difficulties due to ADHD. As a work of fiction, the book is less successful. Sarah is more of a template than a convincing character. Parents – particularly women – will empathize with the stress of running on a clock not of their own choosing. Whether they work in hourly rather than career-track jobs, or are stay-at-home moms, everyone will empathize with Sarah: “Fourteen miles in seventy-eight minutes. The winner of the Boston Marathon could've beaten me home on foot.” On sleep, a pediatrician once told me: “If you wanted sleep, you shouldn't have had kids.” We are not surprised at Sarah's exhaustion, even without her stressful job. The description of Charlie's soccer game has familiar resonance: a swarm of kids, half with shoe laces untied, pursuing each other as much as the ball. The problem is that later in the book we find less of ourselves mirrored in Sarah's life. I felt impatience at some of her unrealistic expectations, particularly that she could target a date for returning to her fast-track lifestyle. Perhaps it is a reflection of my own cynicism, but I found Sarah's idyllic framing of her workplace to be a fantasy. (Too many books and anecdotes about what doesn't work in today's high-powered office suites). Sorry that this spilled over into my feelings about the book.More problematic is the lack of seamlessness between the writing and the research. Charlie's ADD is described almost clinically. We never see Charlie's ADD through his or his parent's eyes, as an experiential phenomena, until Sarah and Charlie spend time “teaching” each other to read. The specialness that ADD brings to Charlie's personality is only briefly alluded to when his teacher remarks: "And normal's overrated if you ask me." Finally, the ending, perhaps because the characters never seemed real to me, felt constructed rather than organic. A major change in Sarah's husband and their relationship feels glossed over in favor or reaching that ending. What the reader can and should come away from this book is an appreciation of how our "abnormalities" shape us into who we are -- unique and refreshingly non-normal.

  • Elyse
    2018-12-08 21:29

    I'm so glad I read this book! I learned things I knew 'nothing' about!!! WOW!!! What an interesting story. I'm going to have to read 'all' books that Lisa Genova writes. (she picks very interesting topics) --Her stories feel 'real' because they are 'medical' type 'historical' fiction. Fascinating --human heart spirit! I love her small books! (lasting in remembering!)What's next? :)

  • Mahsa
    2018-12-06 01:24

    تصور دنیای بدون سمت "چپ" شاید ساده به نظر بیاد... که طوری نیست، هنوز سمت "راست" هست و‌ همین می‌تونه کافی باشه. اما حقیقت اینه که ما هیچ ایده ای از دنیای بدون چپ نداریم."Remember to look left." سارا در کار و زندگی‌ش موفق به نظر میاد، یه شغل خوب با حقوق خوب داره و تقریبا تمام وقت در اختیار شغلشه... زندگی‌ش رو وقف کارش کرده و گاهی فقط برای گفتن شب به خیر به همسر و سه فرزندش می‌تونه کنارشون باشه‌، اما نیازی نمیبینه تا این وضع رو تغییر بده و از اینکه از تمام قابلیت‌هاش کاملا استفاده می‌کنه راضی به نظر میاد.کتاب برام به سه قسمت تقسیم شد... قسمت اول حول معرفی شخصیت سارا، زندگی عادی و‌ روزمره‌ش، سختی‌ها و شلوغی‌ش می‌چرخه.در قسمت دوم یه تصادف اتفاق میفته؛ سارا طی این تصادف دچار آسیب مغزی میشه و درک‌ش ‌رو از دنیای سمت چپ به طور کامل از دست میده. مشکلی که کاملا جدیه، ولی می‌تونه موقتی باشه و این درکِ گم‌شده ممکنه برگرده.I know that I need to constantly remind myself that there is a left side, that I have a left side, to look left, scan left, and go left.تصورش سخته؛ که غذا در سمت چپ ظرف‌ روبروتون دست نخورده باقی بمونه، نیمه سمت راست کتاب رو بخونید و ورق‌ بزنید، فقط سمت راست یه گربه رو نقاشی کنید... و حتی از این نقص ها خبر نداشته باشید؛ چون فکر می‌کنید غذاتون رو تموم کردید، کتاب رو کاملا خوندید و گربه رو بدون نقص رسم کردید. و حتی تصور کنید یه دیدِ کامل از اتاقی که داخلش هستید دارید، در حالی‌که اینطور نیست.... ممکنه داخل اون اتاق یه پنجره ی بزرگ در سمت چپ شما وجود داشته باشه و شما هیچ ایده ای از حضورش نداشته باشید.که کنترل دست و پای چپ‌تون رو نداشته باشید و با اینکه فلج نشدید، اما هیچ ایده‌ای ندارید دست چپ دارید و اصلا حالا کجاست؟ و باهاش مثل دست یک غریبه برخورد کنید.Normal’s overrated.اما این کتاب فقط با گفتن از تاثیرات این اختلال تموم نمیشه... قسمت سوم کتاب از همدلی میگه، از حمایت و کنار هم بودن، از جنگیدن، و شاید در نهایت کنار اومدن.تفاوتی که این کتاب با تجربه ی قبلی‌م از این نویسنده داشت، این بود که بر خلاف "هنوز آلیس"، امید بین صفحات این کتاب حضور داشت... که با وجود سه بچه ی کوچیک کنار این شخصیت نمیشد لبخند نزد، و با وجود ناامید شدن‌ها و خستگی‌هاش، این مبارزه برای برگشتن به زندگی عادی هیچ‌وقت تمومی نداشت.و در آخر همه چیز درباره ی یه دوراهی بود... اینکه باید به جنگیدن و انتظار بهبودی ادامه داد، یا باید واقعیت تلخ رو پذیرفت و به زندگی ادامه داد؟اینکه باید جنگید و برای مبارزه با این وضعیت کوتاهی نکرد... یا باید زندگی و سختی‌هاش رو تمام و کمال پذیرفت؛ تغییر تلخ و ناخواسته رو قبول کرد و زندگی جدیدی رو آغاز کرد...پ.ن: می‌دونم واقعا قابل مقایسه نیست، اما نمی‌تونم بگم طی خوندن این کتاب چندبار برام پیش اومد برای درک بهتر این شخصیت، ناخودآگاه چشم چپ‌م رو ببندم و سعی کنم دنیا رو‌ نزدیک به دیدِ محدودش ببینم. دنیای عجیبی بود.

  • Carol
    2018-11-23 20:32

    I was quite impressed with Lisa Genova's Still Alice, her debut novel depicting Alice Holland, a 50 year old Harvard professor, descent into Alzheimer's disease. Genova, who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience got it just right in that first outing. The story stays with me and is one I recommend frequently.When a first book is so good, can a second outing hold up? The premise of the new book immediately caught my attention. Sarah Nickerson, holds a high octane job in a busy Human Relations Dept. 60 hour work weeks are the norm and this coupled with Sarah's husband, 3 children, and competitive nature keep her juggling and multi-tasking through life. While driving, one moment of distraction finds Sarah tragically injured in a car accident that leaves her with a syndrome called Left Neglect and questioning whether she'll ever recover to the person she once was. Left Neglect, damage to the brain, has similarities to a stroke, leaving the patient with no conception of the left side of their body or world beyond their field of vision. Fascinating, though heartbreaking. Told in the first person, Sarah's handling of this major stumble in her life plan with the question of recovery is explored in the balance of the book.I'm pleased to say Lisa Genova has done it again, providing an intriguing look at a little known medical syndrome while giving us a good story. Sarah's struggle with family relations, self image, goals and dreams, boil down to a new awareness of what truly matters. Left Neglected should be a solid good read for those liking women's contemporary fiction with believable characters. Will Genova be able to make it three's a charm? I hope so!

  • Norma
    2018-12-11 23:31

    I usually go into books blind so I don't have any preconceptions of what I am reading and then a couple of chapters in I will read the synopsis. Left Neglected was a very fitting title for this novel by Lisa Genova and has a very powerful message that we all need to slow down and realize what we are doing as it can be changed or taken away from us so quickly. We make that one poor judgement call without realizing the consequences before it is too late. It was a very enjoyable and light read which I read very quickly. It was moving, enlightening and even sometimes humorous. I laughed out loud a few times!The story was told in Sarah's voice and I found that I connected with her and her family completely. With all the trials and tribulations that Sarah had to endure throughout her rehabilitation she was quite amusing and uplifting. Lisa Genova has done a wonderful job of telling the story of Left Brain Neglect which I didn't even know existed until I read this novel. The storyline was executed very well which I thought was more about Sarah's recovery and the changes that entails to dealing with her brain injury.I read this one because of the author as I really enjoyed her other novel, Still Alice. It was a steady-paced, light, fast, and easy read with a satisfying ending. Would recommend.http://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...

  • Ashley (bookworm84)
    2018-12-10 01:36

    This book was interesting. I didn't find it as gripping as "Still Alice" (which is one of my favourite books) but it was a good story. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I had waited to read it as I have a family member dealing with the effects of trauma to the brain and I am sensitive to the topic. Still, I would definitely recommend this one to everyone who enjoyed Genova's first book "Still Alice".

  • Wall-to-wall books - wendy
    2018-11-30 18:37

    Well it is not such a surprise to me that the Author of "Still Alice" would put out another 5 star book!I loved this book so much I even had a hard time putting it down to eat dinner. This is going to be one of my favorite books of 2011. The first 60 pages reads very much like a Chick-Lit book, it is light and funny. A day to day account of the everyday life of an average middle class working wife and mother of 3. It is about her kids misbehaving, teacher meetings, her stressful job, and how few times a month she and her husband have sex. The character development is amazing! I was absolutely hooked on page one.To be honest I would have been totally happy to just keep reading about Sarah's life, it was that enjoyable. Then somewhere around page 60 - BAM! The accident. I knew it was coming, that is what the book is about. But suddenly my happy little chick-lit book is bringing me to tears as my beloved Sarah is trapped in a car.I am not really saying that I loved this book more that "Still Alice", they are both equally great. But I will say that I could relate to this book better. Still Alice was about Alzheimer's, I have never had to deal with anyone with Alzheimer's, luckily! Although I loved it, I couldn't say "Yeah, I know how you feel, I've been there"."Left Neglected" is about an average woman, wife and mother, just like myself. And accidents happen, of course I always pray that they will not happen to me, but this book shows us that we really do not know our future, and just how precious our lives are.If you read and loved Genova's "Still Alice" - You MUST read "Left Neglected"!If you have not read "Still Alice" and have not even heard of Lisa Genova - You MUST read "Left Neglected"!

  • Connie
    2018-11-17 19:44

    Why the review was under comments I am not sure?? FixedWonderful! I fell in love with Genova's book Still Alice and was hopeful that I would be as enthralled with this one. She did not dissapoint! I had never heard of this "odd" brain injury, and she again tells the story from the view of the person struggling. It was fascinating. I felt the ups and downs, how each person in the family dealt with a "new Sarah" was great. Loved the relationship with her Mother but more so how she came to bond with her son Charlie. Genova writes her characters "real" and with so much dignity!

  • Simon Lipson
    2018-11-25 01:35

    A novel about a woman who loses her perception of her left side after a car accident. Er...that's it, save to say that it's not as interesting as I've just made it sound. This reads like the droning, self-pitying rehabilitation memoir of a nobody. You lost your left side. We got it. Thanks. And now you're trying to get better. Why another 300 pages saying the same thing over and over and over and over...? No insights, no progression, no story, no characters worth investing in; only self-indulgent, sloppily written claptrap. Apparently Lisa Genova is big all over the world and now, finally, we in the UK are being blessed with her unique brand of do-nothing, go-nowhere drivel. Pity us. Please, pity us.

  • Megan Baxter
    2018-12-17 00:33

    This is only one step elevated from being what I call an "issue" book, as the characters seem to be slightly more than profiles taken from the textbooks devoted to the issue, given names and bodies, and little else. On the other hand, in order to emphasize most thoroughly the impact of the medical condition she's chosen to explore, Genova has given us a main character is who is almost unbearably annoying.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  • Nora
    2018-11-17 20:46

    رغم أنه لا يمر يوم إلا وأقرأ فيه مقالاً أو نصاً أو حتى بحثاً باللغة الإنجليزية لأغراض دراسية بحتة، إلا أن هذه أول رواية إنجليزية أقرؤها بلغتها الأصلية، نسخة كاملة غير مبسطة، قراءة كاملة من الغلاف للغلاف. إنجاز أعتبره نصراً صغيراً :)لغة السرد جميلة، وقصة ذات نمط هادئ. سارا نيكرسون، امرأة ناجحة أكاديمياً وعملياً، تحاول أن توازن بين عائلتها، زوجها وأطفالها الثلاثة، وبين ضغط العمل المجهد، ومتطلبات حياةٍ عملت وزوجها بجدّ و كدّ كي يحصلا عليها كاملة بالمقاييس الأمريكية.في الربع الأول أحداث روتينية سريعة الرتم، نمط يدركه ساكنو المدن الحديثة المكتظة. حتى تحدث الكارثة في حياة سارا. ويتغير إيقاع الحياة منخفضاً في رتمه ومتحولاً بشدة.لعلها كانت حكاية أطول من اللازم.. لكن ربما لأن استطالة أمد وضعٍ ما، كان دائماً أحد العوامل الأكثر تأثيراً في قناعات أي إنسان، في تشكيل قيمه، وبلورة سلوكه تبعاً لأوضاعه.ستتحول شخصية سارا.. ستجد نفسها في ظرفٍ لا يتمناه مخلوق. وستواجه ماضياً هربت منه طيلة حياتها وأصرت على تجاهله حتى فرضت عليها عودته فرضاً، ستواجه نفسها، عنادها، قيماً تمسكت بها. ستعيش معنى العجز عندما يصعق إنساناً في قمة تألقه. وستتعامل مع كل ذلك... حسناً، سأقول أنها ستتعلم دروساً بالطريقة الصعبة، حتى تصل إلى حياة الاتزان التي تمنتها طويلاً.إذا كنت تقرأ/تشاهد كثيراً عن أشخاص يعيشون ظروفاً صعبة ويتعلمون التعايش معها أو التغلب عليها، فلن تضيف لك هذه الرواية شيئاً يذكر. هي رواية مليئة بحوارات الذات، والمشاعر الخاصة، والإرادة الذاتية. الجديد بالنسبة إليّ أن المؤلفة، ليزا جينوفا، وهي حاصلة على الدكتوراه في علم الأعصاب من جامعة هارفارد، قد أبدعت حقاً في وصف أعراض وتداعيات حالة الإصابة بـ Left-Neglect.لكونها حالة مرضية غريبة، لم أسمع بها قبلاً أو قرأت عنها في أي مكان، كان ذلك ضماناً كافياً لإتمام هذه الرواية حتى آخر صفحة.هذا كتاب أثير. لأنه جاءني هدية عزيزة من مدينة لندن، ولأنه أعاد إلي ذلك الشعور الثمين بالدهشة، أمام هذه الحالة الدماغية العجيبة.. الشعور الذي يتناقص ويتضاءل كلما كبرنا، وكم أتمنى ألاّ يختفي.

  • Elise
    2018-12-01 19:39

    I sat in my car listening to Diane Rehm interview Lisa Genova about her new book. I couldn't get out of the car until the show was over. I scribbled down the title and anxiously waited for the mailman to deliver my copy of Left Neglected. I'm so glad I stumbled on the interview.It seams trite to ask: Do you take your life for granted? Don't we all at some point? Until we lose something or someone that seems trivial, we move in a rut, not seeing what a wonderful gift life can be.It only takes a split second for everything in your world to turn upside down, inside out. The characters are so real in this book they might seem boring to some. But to me, I could visualize myself in this book. I was a young elementary school teacher when ADD was "new." I didn't know how to really help some of my students. Decades later, after reading this, I feel sad that I didn't do more for some of my students. Not long after reading this book I had shoulder surgery and had a pain block in my neck. For 24 hours after surgery I literally could not feel, move, or recognize my left arm and shoulder. I had a glimpse into this strange situation of Left neglect. I don't think it is necessary to have an intense plot when the story is about the characters dealing with sudden change, the impact of slowing everything down to a snail's pace. Having a second chance to prioritize, to rekindle relationships, to focus on the most important things in life is what the message is all about.Reading this book has been a powerful experience for me. I feel much more educated, more inclined to think twice before judging someone who seems less "normal." I don't ever want to be so busy or distracted that I jeopardize my stable, boring life with my average, but wonderful, family.

  • B the BookAddict
    2018-12-04 19:40

    I have just finished five or six works of literary fiction and any other novels of ordinary fiction following those might have paled in comparison but LEFT neglected stood firm as an excellent novel. Lisa Genova has the gift of involving the reader from the first couple of pages. I admit to feeling exhausted as I read of Sarah's hectic and high-powered day pre-accident and felt equally encumbered as she struggled with LEFT neglect. Genova manages to impart an informed but not not overly clinical story of a woman whose life has been irrevocable changed in a split second on an ordinary day's drive to work. Even if you haven't read Still Alice and have some concept of this very capable author, read LEFT neglected - it is an excellent read. 4 ★ This novel has been shelved sometimes as chick-lit: in error, I feel - this is extremely good fiction.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-19 23:34

    Another great book from Genova. A split second of texting while driving changes everything. The main character suffers a brain injury called Left Brain Neglect, the book sees everything through her eyes. Truly fascinating.

  • Jaksen
    2018-12-16 02:31

    Excellent book on a topic I knew next-to-nothing about.Sarah Nickerson is a high-powered, multi-talented, work-and-family challenged woman of 37 when she's driving to work, looks at her phone, gets in a wreck and suffers a traumatic brain injury - on the right side of her brain. As a result she is diagnosed with 'left neglected,' a medical condition in which the brain cannot see or recognize the left side of - well just about anything. This includes a room, a plate, a book or book page, and even herself. She's more or less left 'crippled' on her left side.I remember reading an article about this years ago, maybe in a psychology magazine or perhaps one of Oliver Sacks' truly fascinating books. So I knew a little about this, but wow, my little was really nothing in comparison. The book is fiction, but it's based on a real condition and how it impacts a person - and her family, and her co-workers, and even her estranged mother. I read Lisa Genova's 'Still Alice' a few years ago and it enlightened me as to what my mother was going through. In the book, Alice has Alzheimers; my mother had Lewy Body Dementia, but there was still so much commonality between the two conditions! The book gave me a better 'view' into what my mother was experiencing. That's the point about Genova's books; they give an understanding and allow us to feel - through fictional characters - what the disease or condition is all about. Genova did her research, too, and has a background in psychology and neuroscience, so she's no lightweight. The book is insightful, sad, has its 'wondrous and poignant' moments, and overall was a refreshing read. You walk away from her books saying well I now know one more thing, and that is good. 'Knowing more things' is always good.

  • K
    2018-11-20 00:48

    Sarah Nickerson is your typical overachiever protagonist -- major career, mom of three, multitasker extraordinaire. Her multitasking proves to be her undoing when, looking something up on her cell phone while driving, she is in a serious car accident. This novel describes the process of her coming to terms with both her traumatic brain injury and resulting "left neglect" which causes her to ignore the left side of her visual field, and her estranged mother who insists on entering her life now and helping her. Having read Still Alice, I see the pattern to Genova's books -- a capable protagonist is abruptly handicapped by an uncontrollable neurological phenomenon and must adjust. The books do a good job of putting you inside the head of the sufferer and helping you imagine what life might be like with newly limited capacities. I appreciated the opportunity to learn about left neglect and to see the many ways in which it affects the sufferer, and thought Genova did a sensitive job of exploring some of the feelings and experiences of losing your capabilities.Where I thought the novel fell short -- not intolerably so, but definitely short -- was in some of the characterization and multidimensionality of relationships. Sarah was A Formerly Capable Woman Now Handicapped and that was it. Nothing more, nothing less. Her mother, who had had to recover from traumas of her own, was not nearly as nuanced as she might have been. I felt this lack of nuance in their relationship as well, both before and after the accident. Sarah's husband Bob also felt more like a prop than a character -- an all-around good guy, loving husband, understandably broken up about Sarah's accident but otherwise okay. Surely there was more to this experience for everyone involved than Sarah's struggling to regain control over her visual field and her capabilities. Not that that was a small thing, though, and it was well-depicted which is why I feel the novel had merits despite its flaws. If I had not already read Still Alice I might have found more novelty here and been more excited by the book. In general, though, this was an engaging and highly readable book even if it fell short of literature. If you're looking for an easy read that's more stimulating and worthwhile than your average chick lit romance, you might want to give this a try.

  • Brenda
    2018-12-14 23:52

    This is another brilliant novel by Lisa Genova! Sarah Nickerson is the vice president of human resources at Berkley Consulting..she is also Mum to Charlie, Luci and 9 month old Linus, plus wife to Bob. On a day like any other, driving to work, frantically rushing, trying to make a call on her phone, she looked away from the road for a second too long, and had a horrific accident. She woke in hospital with a traumatic brain injury, which erased the left side of her world. She couldn't see or find anything 'left', including her hand, leg, face...she could only eat the food on the right side of her plate, only put makeup on the right side of her face...Her whole life has changed in an instant, and she has to will herself to regain her independence and to heal. The story of her challenges, and those of her family around her, were very times I was laughing, at times very sad!If you loved Still Alice, you will love Left Neglected...