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excellent example of the essay form,
This review is from: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (Paperback)Didion's collection of essays was recommended to me by writing instructors as an example of excellent essay writing. I found it to be just that. In the first third, she writes a series of remarkable essays about California in the late 1960s. The middle third contains personal essays. And the book finishes with a collection of essays about different places she's been - New York, Hartford, Hawaii, Sacramento.
What makes her writing most impressive is her masterful presentation of portraits, inserting herself just occasionally to remind the reader of who the photographer was, to inject humanity. She does an excellent job combining place and character and shows that long sentences can work. This book is useful both an as example to those who aspire to writing better essays and as a memorable voice from the 1960s.
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Initial post: Oct 16, 2013 8:40:34 PM PDT
David Seaman says:
The title of this book includes a glaring grammatical error and for this reason I will NEVER buy this book. There is no "s" on the end of the word "Toward." Just as there is no "s" on the end of the word "anyway." It's impossible for me to hold respect for the author or the editors and publishers to have let a glaring error such as this leave for distribution. Strunk and White. "The Elements of Style" It's time to re-read the little book.
that said, your essay is well written and quite grammatical.
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