I've been trying to write a screen play of this for 10 years
She acts as another character nearly, at first just as the writer and divulges in how she means to introduce these characters and their tragedy. In this way, it almost reads like a...more
This is a book that isn't really about "the story" in the conventional sense; to be quite honest, the...more
Still, it's a complicated little book and demands more from the reader than most. One mus...more
A book about a love affair between a senators's wife and a black-ops agent stationed abroad. At is very essense this book makes fun of America as an ideal and strives to show its inconsistencies be...more
Next up - "Where I was from". I struggled through the first dozens of pages, maybe because I'm not a natural history buff, didn't instantly connect with the names, the content. Pushed it to the other side of the nightstand.
Then I picked up "Democracy."
It's the only book I've ever immediately turned...more
The other day I was asked: “What are you currently reading?” I happened to have “Democracy” close to my elbow at that moment. So that was my answer, but it wasn’t true, because I was actually reading some drivel about Aldus Huxley on the monitor and wishing I hadn’t fired up the computer.
I’ve actually read Democracy four times, maybe five, and enjoy it more with each reading. Why? Because Joan Didion is not only a damn fine story teller, but she narrates the s...more
When I got a little bit in the style of writng used, I got more and more disappointed though. And at the end there was only one conclusion to draw, being that I didn't like the book.
For me it made not much sense, the way it was written. Jumping up and down, bac...more
1. The way Democracy is narrated, with Joan Didion, author, being a person the characters interact with, makes the story feel like non-fiction. Very cool.
2. There is a fixation on certain details that feels realistic. Who ended up with Leilani Thayer's koa settee? (While reading this, I learned that my maternal grandmother's mahogany bedroom set is the bedroom set that my paternal grandparents had when they were first...more
She is all alone now - Joan, that is. She and her husband John Griffin Dunne were a dynamic team - journalists and novelists. But John died of a heartache at the dinner table about 4 years ago now and her only child, an adult daughter died a year later. Joan wrote a sad, amazing book about that...more
This book was recommended to me by Jessica and it was indeed a great recommendation.
This book captivated me from the beginning. Didion's rhythmic way of writing pulls the reader in, like being grabbed by a particularly catchy musical melody. I was initially jarred by her placement of herself as a kind of character in the book, and indeed checked wikipedia to ensure that it was a novel as I had thought and not a work of nonfiction. That said, her presence in the book was never off putting for me....more
I read an amazing analysis of the book by Alan Nadel in "boundary". He believes the novel takes a post-modern angle in the way Didion alludes to the novel that wasn't written but could have been, g...more
Not to mention:
"Let the reader be introduce...more
Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.