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Didion's 1983 volume captured "the terror and unpredictability permeating the El Salvadorean scene," said LJ's reviewer (LJ 3/1/83). Though political events in El Salvador are no longer in the public eye, this serves as a chronicle of a dark chapter in that country's tumultuous history.
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"No one has interpreted the place better.... Salvador shines with enlightening observation, and its language is lean and precise, in short what we have come to expect from Ms. Didion." —The New York Times Book Review"[Didion has] the instincts of an exceptional reporter and the focus of a historian [as well as] a novelist's appreciation for the surreal. . . . Her clarity of style illuminates the vast darkness that engulfs El Salvador." —Los Angeles Times Book Review"Everything [Didion] writes grows out of close observation of the social landscape of El Salvador. And it is quite impossible to deny the artistic brilliance of her reportage. She brings the country to life so that it ends up invading our flesh."—The New York TimesSee all Editorial Reviews
While this book was interesting, it was too round about in how it was written. At the end of reading it I was not sure what point the author was trying to make about El Salvador. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robsy
Joan Didion gleaned the essential reality of El Salvadoran society in the 1980's, after only a short stay in the country. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Emma Z
After reading Slouching Toward Jeruselum I was left wanting more Didion. Stretch's review of Salvador and my own interest in the history of U.S. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Buddha Baby
Joan Didion was on a roll in the 1980s, writing about the excesses of the Reagan administration and its fight against Communism. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Eric Maroney
Well,we barley made the airport
For the last plane out
As we taxied down the runway
I could hear the people shout they said:
"Don't come back here... Read more
... and, unfortunately, it's all true.
This is one of the few books that have the distinction of being one of *the* most depressive reads of my entire life, but it left... Read more
I have lived in El Salvador now for over eight years. To visit El Salvador for three days and continue to make a profit on those three days -past- seems completely immoral to me,... Read morePublished on September 28, 2006 by CyberChaps
It would be false to say that I was ever truly familiar with the situation in El Salvador at any time, not truly, and what makes Didion's Salvador such an extraordinary essay is... Read morePublished on August 12, 2006 by E. Kutinsky