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Blue Nights by Joan Didion
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Nov 10, 11

bookshelves: memoir
Read in November, 2011

I found this book even more sad than The Year of Magical Thinking. And not in a good way. The book is much more fractured and the picture I was left with was of Didion very isolated and as if it was all too much. It was hard to read, a bit hard to follow, and hard to feel resolved about. I wished for a bit more narrative about what really happened to Quintana and even more about her childhood and relationship with Didion. The glimpses are there, but only with glancing mention. And the self-blame and almost even loathing throughout weigh down whatever other messages might reside in this book.

I saw one review titled, "Is Joan Didion's Blue Nights Way Too Blue?" -- in short, yes.

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