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The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion
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Apr 07, 2009

it was ok
Read in April, 2009

I usually love Joan Didion, but this book confirms that her strength is not fiction. The reviews I read after finishing the book described it as self-indulgent, the main character distant. As a story that tries to reconstruct history from a distance, the reader never really gets close to the action--the most engaging sections speculate on history to form motives, but it's hard to care about the actions we're seeking to understand.

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