Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Review - The Year of Magical Thinking

My book club book for this month was Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. It's a memoir about the year following her husband's death. But it was graceful and thought=provoking rather than Oprah-Book-Tearjerker depressing. I haven't read her previous books, and at first her writing style bugged me, but I couldn't put this book down. It's a quick read at about 225 pages. It really wasn't what I was expecting at all, but it was beautiful and moving, and the phrases and images she echoes throughout the book really resonate, and keep the book from being self-indulgent. It's a surprisingly grounded account of a year Didion acknowledges that she was kind of crazy. I definitely recommend it.


Kirsten said...

I read this too and thought she had a very elegant writing style with a wonderful vocabulary. I love when people reach for just the right word. I can't say that the book itself touched me, but I do think her sense of being alone in her grief and disconnected from the reality comes through.

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