Wednesday, 1 July 2015

BOOKS // TRAVELLING TO INFINITY


Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
I think we all know or have heard of the famous scientist and genius, Professor Stephen Hawking? Well this book is written by his first wife, Jane, retelling her story of what life was like with Stephen for the 25 years of their marriage. If you don't know, Stephen is an extraordinarily, intelligent man but suffered from motor neuron disease (MND). You may have seen the recent film The Theory of Everything, which is the film adaptation of this book, and along with one of my patients, prompted me to read this book. However, I was quite surprised by how different this book is to the film.

If you have seen the film, you'll know that Jane and Stephen's life is portrayed as difficult but quite beautifully. They married, had three children, and Jane cared for Stephen (who accepted the care) every single day. However, I was quite shocked to learnt that actually, Stephen wasn't really a very nice man, demanded constant attention, and wished to be treated far superior to anyone else. He put himself and his own needs before his children's, placed unrealistic expectations on Jane, refused outside care for a very long time, and never really showed any gratitude. Throughout the whole book, Jane remains loyal and faithful to Stephen, doing everything she could with little thanks, to then eventually be left for one of Stephen's nurses, Elaine. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Jane, who clearly dedicated her life to Stephen.

The book also discusses the devastating symptoms of MND, which was really interesting, but mostly leaves you sympathising with Jane, who at times, was left extremely lonely and suicidal. It is a very good book, but is a little bit long and drawn out, so requires some patience. It's probably not for everyone but is good if you like this kind of thing!
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melody said...

lovely

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Sam said...

thanks!

Claire Cavanagh said...

I only just watched the film and ended up reading a bit more about their personal life on the internet as I found it so fascinating, so this would be a perfect read for me :)

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Sam said...

Ah yews it really would! I think you'd love it xx

Candice Petersen said...

Oh wow this sounds like a great read

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Kotryna Bass said...

I recently found out my grandma died from MND and been reading so much around the topic, I should definitely give this book a read too! x

Sam said...

It's definitely interesting! x

Sam said...

Ah yeah this would be perfect for you x

Pastellics said...

I found this movie so beautiful and moving, and will defenitely read the book! I sympathised with Jane a lot, I can't even imagine how hard it has to be to take care of someone like that, all day, everyday, and always put this person first. She's such an incredible woman!

XO IMKE | Pastellics

Dominica said...

Hiya babe, great review i hate reading books but ive came across so many bloggers
that review books etc and im so tempted to buy a new book and just read it
hopefully i make it to the end lol x

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Sam said...

You're so right, she really is an amazing woman! xx

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