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A Book of Common Prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. "Immaculate of history, innocent of politics," she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. As imagined by Didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence.
Characters not interesting, except for the ones who are peripheral to the story.
A great Didion essay states its facts with such brutal lucidity, you barely notice the incisive, enraged, impassioned consciousness at their center.
As with all of Ms. Didion's books, I take my time with them, to truly cherish her writing style.
the writing is flawless however I found this to be one of her bleakest books. there are things that a woman should never write about other women.Published 5 months ago by Denise
I first heard of this when I read [book:The End of Your Life Book Club|13414676] . The author's mother loved this book, and I couldn't put that out of my mind. Read morePublished 7 months ago by deesboots
A dear friend loaned this book to me in paperback version and I loved it so much that I ordered it for my new Kindle Fire. Excellent Book!Published 10 months ago by donnamarie
Sad tale that meanders all over the place without getting anywhere. Characters not interesting, except for the ones who are peripheral to the story. Where did they go?Published 10 months ago by Margaret N Economy
My "okay" rating of this book says more about me than about the book, I'm sure. But when I read it, that was the response I had. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jim in NC
I bought this book because my University was reading it in their book club. I enjoyed it, but it was not what I was expecting. I'm glad that I read it.Published 22 months ago by Helenann Bower
Joan Didion takes on quite an agenda in A Book of Common Prayer, only to not fulfill the vision of the novel.
First, there is the structure. Read more