“I cannot imagine how I will cope when I discover that my life is behind me, has already happened, and I have nothing to show for it. No treasure house of collection, no wealth of experience, no accumulated wisdom to pass on. What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?” ― S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep
What happens if one day you wake up and you have no idea where you are and who you are? A massive case of hangover? How about if you can't remember
much about your past and you've also lost the ability to create new memories?
Welcome to Christine's life.
When I first saw the book at the bookstore I was drawn to it by the image on the front cover. As I read the synopsis I got intrigued and then I thought to myself, "Sounds like 50 First Dates or The Notebook."
I quickly went to Amazon UK site to check reviews. Surprise, surprise! Currently it's #1 on the Top 100 Paid Kindle e-books!
The book is so much more intense than the movies I mentioned above. I'm glad I gave it the benefit of the doubt. The story line is very raw! Very well engaging. I started reading it with an intention of just reading a few pages however I couldn't put it down until I've finished it. It's amazing to think that this book is actually SJ Watson's first novel.
The book was only released in 2011 and has been published in 37 countries and is now an international best-seller. Not only that, in the same year Ridley Scott bagged the film rights. Oh you know, THE Ridley Scott! Remember Gladiator, Black Hawk Down & American Gangters? Not bad for a first novel huh?
I cannot hardly imagine what it would feel like to be stripped of my memory. Let alone not being able to remember the people I love most dearly!
Moral of the story - to treasure the significant people in your life and treasure your memories with them and build more. Most importantly don't miss the chance to say I love you everyday and live life with no regrets.