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Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
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Jul 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: i-own-these-books, 2011, guardian-one-thousand
Read from July 05 to 06, 2011

Joan Didion is certainly perfect at depicting depressed, bleak subjects. There's something I love about books that are the opposite of uplifting, and perhaps that's the reason I love Didion.

The book was a fast read and though I hear it most often talked about when someone mentions her fiction, I still liked Run River more. But, it still warranted another five-star rating. The prose here is outstanding; concise and brilliant as always with Didion.
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“After that he would leave for a while, breaking things as he went, slamming doors to kick them open, picking up decanters to hurl at mirrors, detouring by way of chairs to smash them against the floor. Always when he came back he would sleep in their room, shutting the door against her. Rigid with self-pity she would lie in another room, wishing for the will to leave. Each believed the other a murderer of time, a destroyer of life itself.”
Joan Didion, Play It as It Lays

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