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4.0 out of 5 stars Many mornings after the 60s, May 1, 2001
This review is from: The White Album (Paperback)
The White Album was published in 1979, and most of the material here is from the 1970s. Even so, the book is at least as much about the 1960s as is Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Like that book, this is a collection of essays from various publications, plus some previously unpublished material. It's a mixed bag. The title piece is quite strong, as is "On The Morning After The Sixties," proving, perhaps, that the 1960s really were Didion's one true subject. There's other good stuff here, too, and the book is actually sort of underrated, since so many observers rate it a poor second to Slouching Towards Bethlehem. But the Didion style is actually quite strong in this volume, sharply observed, carefully written, personal without being confessional, and always flirting with detachment but not quite achieving it. Obviously some people just can't stand Didion's essays, and this book would hardly change their mind; but if you're open to her style, this is worth reading.
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Initial post: Aug 12, 2013 8:44:10 PM PDT
sherri says:
thanks. I had a step-grandfather who was a journalist. He kind of defined the 60's for me. Perhaps because he was at the end of his career in the 70's. He was a 'nice' man.
I didn't really feel comfortable with him, and I think my mother nailed it one day when describing someone else. - 'He was a journalist, and so used to twisting the truth that he became all twisted himself'.
this is how the blurb and cover of this book struck me. thanks to your review, I'll give it a go.
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