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The White Album by Joan Didion
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May 09, 2011

really liked it

It amazes and almost embarrasses me that I have never read anything by Joan Didion before. Not surprisingly, many of my wonderfully literate friends are already fans. These essays are so perfectly and precisely written. Her voice is very much a woman's voice, and is unapologetically personal, yet there is a refreshing austerity in her prose. (I HATE to sound sexist, but I wish more young women writers would read and learn from her in this era of the blah blah blog-like books) She is droll, but not funny. In fact, I had to put this book down a few times, because I found it leaving me stirred up, with a strange sense of foreboding. The places and eras she speaks of are eerily familiar. She lived in and wrote a great deal about Los Angeles, but often about the late 60's and early 70's, which is recent enough to be vaguely remembered, but far back enough to be a very different time. I am anxiously awaiting my next book, and reading her take on events in later times.
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Rose Nice review. I need to read this soon. Thinking of you and hope you are well!

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