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Blue Nights by Joan Didion
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May 02, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: 2012

Wow. I just couldn't even finish this one. I feel for this woman deeply and loved her first memoir that covered her husband's death, "A Year of Magical Thinking." But this book, which covers the equally tragic death of her daughter, has just pushed her over the edge. It's almost as though she's writing from a place of magical thinking, not quite recovered from the events. Many of the sentences just plain didn't make sense! And the first half of the book (which is as far as I got before I chucked it across the room and then dusted it off and returned it to the library) reads like a name-dropping vanity-fest. She says several times, "I realize that it may seem like my daughter may have led a charmed life, since she was friends with so-and-so's daughter, who directed this movie, who brought us with on location to Greece, where everyone got their own horses, but it was OUR NORMAL." It just seemed really self-involved and much less introspective than her first memoir. I couldn't get past the flaws to absorb her message of acceptance or whatever.
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message 1: by Zoe (new) - rated it 3 stars

Zoe That's what I thought!! Thank you. I was reading through all these four star & five star reviews wondering if I missed something.

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