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Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
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Jul 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: classics

Joan Didion could write an instruction manual and I would love it - her prose is just so beautiful. That said, Play It As It Lays feels more like a short story, or even a prose poem, than a novel. Very short and told in fragments, atmosphere and emotion take precedence over plot or character development. I read Didion for her evocation the feeling of a specific place and time, rather than her storytelling; here, the pettiness and despair of 1960s Hollywood is tangibly oppressive.

This is the first I've read of Didion's fiction, and while I didn't find it quite as thought-provoking as Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Play It As It Lays reaffirmed that she can put more emotion in less words than any other prose author I've yet encountered.

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July 22, 2009 – Shelved
July 22, 2009 – Shelved as: classics
July 26, 2009 –
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