“Every moment, even if I remember it exactly, which according to Phil is not likely, is still only a sliver of reality. So which reality is closest to the truth? Is there such a thing as truth? Or is life simply a series of faulty memories, a chain of random chemical and electrical impulses? I want to believe it’s more than that. That’s why I ran, that’s why I’m writing this. I prefer a faulty record to oblivion.”
Hot diggity dan, I seriously, genuinely loved this book. It is so exciting and profound, it honestly rendered me a little speechless for a while.
First of all, Deleted is a page turner. It’s hard for books to hold my attention, yet there were times with this one where I would read for hours. The characters were all really well developed. Each one felt like an actual person. The descriptions were fantastic without sacrificing pacing. I was totally drawn into the story.
And Deleted hit me deeply. Memory is something that I do not take for granted. I watched my grandmother waste away with Alzheimer’s when I was young, and it was both devastating and terrifying for me. And knowing that it could happen to me, that one day I could look at the people I love most, that make my life meaningful, and not know who they are… there’s little that scares me more.
I love the philosophy in this book, because I agree with it wholeheartedly. While memories grow tired and patchy, they make us who we are, and they make life meaningful. During the sunset of life, it’s in the reflection of wonderful moments with our favorite people that we will find the greatest joy, and in recognizing the happy faces of our grandchildren as they walk through the door. To me, that is happiness.
Like Lucy, I believe in writing everything down to help with memory, because when I read something wonderful or hilarious or sweet that happened years ago, I remember a part of who I really am, and what’s most important to me. Like it says in the book, memories are never completely lost, it’s just that the bridges to them get damaged. You have to constantly repair them, and for that, journaling is essential!
Honestly, this is a book I could definitely reread. I highly recommend it!!