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EBOOK Ô EPUB The Year of Magical Thinking ã 140004314X ´ ➽ [Reading] ➿ The Year of Magical Thinking By Joan Didion ➲ – Goproled.co.uk From one of America's iconic writers a stunning book of electric honesty and passion Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience a From one of America's iconic writers a stunning book of electric honesty and passion Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience a portrait of a marriage and a life in good times and bad that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child Several days before Christmas 2003 John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter uintana fall ill with what seemed at first flu then pneumonia then complete septic shock She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support Days later the night before New Year's Eve the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary In a second this close symbiotic partnership of forty years was over Four weeks later their daughter pulled through Two months after that arriving at LAX she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma This powerful book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death about illnessabout marriage and children and memoryabout the shallowness of sanity about life itsel The Year of Magical Thinking documents the process of grieving that Didion went through in the year after her husband's death and has been widely acclaimed for its detached stylised writing A case of the emperor's new clothes? To my mind her voice is cold dishonest and vague there is no heart to this book Given the subject matter I find this particularly chilling She intellectualises her grief for her husband to the extent of removing all emotion There is no sense of who her husband was – just an awful lot about Didion herself a clinical recitation of all the literature on grief she’s read and endless throwaway remarks about her privileged status in Malibu and New York Then there's the subplot of The Year of Magical Thinking which is a devastating one her daughter uintana is gravely ill in hospital while Didion herself is trying to come to terms with her husband's death uintana will in fact die the following summer after Didion had drafted her manuscript but before the book was published But not once does Didion express any love or warmth for her sickening daughter Maybe this is why I struggled with this book and am judging her so harshly In a recent documentary on Netflix The Centre Will Not Hold the closest Didion can come to saying something even remotely affectionate about her daughter is her humour worked for me Other than that it's all about Didion One review of Blue Nights the book she wrote after The Year of Magical Thinking about her daughter's death puts it this way What is perhaps most odd about this work is how little we ultimately learn about uintana who remains in the background and sometimes fades entirely from view It’s hard to feel any empathy for someone so resolutely focused on herself amid such sadness and tragedy

EPUB Ö The Year of Magical Thinking î Joan Didion

From one of America's iconic writers a stunning book of electric honesty and passion Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience a portrait of a marriage and a life in good times and bad that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child Several days before Christmas 2003 John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter uintana fall ill with what seemed at first flu then pneumonia then complete septic shock She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support Days later the night before New Year's Eve the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary In a second this close symbiotic partnership of forty years was over Four weeks later their daughter pulled through Two months after that arriving at LAX she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma This powerful book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death about illnessabout marriage and children and memoryabout the shallowness of sanity about life itself Amazing personal essay

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The Year of Magical ThinkingF From one of America's iconic writers a stunning book of electric honesty and passion Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience a portrait of a marriage and a life in good times and bad that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child Several days before Christmas 2003 John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter uintana fall ill with what seemed at first flu then pneumonia then complete septic shock She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support Days later the night before New Year's Eve the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary In a second this close symbiotic partnership of forty years was over Four weeks later their daughter pulled through Two months after that arriving at LAX she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma This powerful book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death about illnessabout marriage and children and memoryabout the shallowness of sanity about life itse Granted it’s not your conventional love story ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ is the story of a marriage that ends abruptly suddenly Didion writes from the realist perspective practical abstract cold almost Her husband of 40 years mid scotch dies at the dinner table in their apartment of a heart attack “She’s a pretty cool customer” notes a hospital observer Loss is a fearful subject it’s a frontier nobody ever expects to cross and it’s a subject that nobody ever really talks about People change the subject if you lose your partner nobody asks how you cope with the empty side of the bed and what happens at the end of the day when all you want to do is curl up in the conversation of your partner your best friend Didion explores the magical thinking that takes over signs meanings messages whether her husband knew intuitively what would happen as she traces and traverses backwards and forwards across the landscape of their relationship and marriage his death