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This book is a rarity-- experimental writing that isn't boring. That's because Didion isn't playing with words as with most experimental writing, but working them to show us "the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Customer
If you have read a number of Joan Didion novels, particularly starting in the 1980s, she turns her attention progressively on our neighbors in to the south, and American meddling... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eric Maroney
This is the first Joan Didion book I've read; my impression is that she is a master stylist.
This is the story of Elena Kagan, reporter, wife of a powerful oilman,... Read more
Didion is a masterful writer, but after reading this one I'm beginning to agree with another reviewer who felt she does better with nonfiction. Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by Poogy
In my view, Didion is as close to perfect as any living writer, and this book represents the top of her form. It is a quiet book, its excellence pervasive but never showy. Read morePublished on March 31, 2010 by Phineas Fogg
I have read several of Didion's non-fiction essay collections and this was the second of the writer's novels for me, after "Play It As It Lays. Read morePublished on January 26, 2007 by C. E. Stevens
Perhaps Didion has done as much as she can with her distinctive prose style, maybe she has gotten a little bored with it, and should have attempted something different. Read morePublished on December 4, 2006 by algo41
In general I am an admirer of Joan Didion's work, especially the essay collections Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album (and more recently her memoirs Where I Was From... Read morePublished on November 14, 2003 by Macs Perkins
This book has a great story to tell, but through the stalling and back-telling the powerfulness of the message is lost. Read morePublished on May 28, 2003 by "obloy"