Dec 09, 12
Read from September 03 to December 09, 2012
Didion finds, in the tragic loss of her daughter, a mandate to examine the role of memory, cognition and emotional trauma in her own rich life and that of her adopted daughter. It is an emotionally gratifying book for a longtime reader of Didion, whose impeccable style, while turning a clear eye on her subjects, has always served to obscure her inner life. In this book, she speaks of her own "frailty," and how she intuits its transference to her daughter, making this also a meditation on motherhood and childhood, nature and nurture, memory, hindsight, and loss. Clear eyed and engrossing, Blue Nights goes beyond The Year Of Magical Thinking, in itself a brilliant meditation on grief, to delve into the meaning and purpose of life and death altogether.