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on 13 November 2017
Joan Didion’s writing is, as always, amazing. Spare, yet evocative. Straightforward, yet able to describe the complexities of being human.

With Harvey Weinstein and other’s behaviour finally coming to light, this book is worth reading now more than ever.

It’s Didion, so this isn’t a simple case of good versus evil, but it does give some idea of what it is like to live among the powerful men of Hollywood.
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on 7 February 2016
Short overview of an actress' disturbing life. Tells the story of a self-destructive actress, whose life only exists in drinking, taking drugs and sleeping with many man, bringing her completely down
It gives you a good insight that although the surroundings ( California,Vegas,) are nice, life in the 60's was crazy
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on 21 January 2018
Wow! This is an absolutely stunning novel. If you only read one book this year, let it be this. Didion gets to the heart of depression with Maria's painful life.
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on 4 March 2015
Pretty easy to read. Captures the dissatisfaction this woman has with her life in a subtle way. By the end you really understand her pain and her broken relationship despite not knowing what caused it or if anything in particular caused it. That's perhaps the point. Just the constant dissatisfaction some people feel, self destructive and numb to life. Alive but not living. I'd say it's worth a read
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on 18 June 2018
I have just read it for the second time. It was so cool. Devastating, really. I felt sorry for the characters trapped in their dreamscape, especially Maria. Topical too.
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on 15 December 2013
I found this to be a very mellowing story. It manages to communicate the flatness and isolation of a person suffering with depression, without being at all self pitying or depressing in itself, which is both and insightful. A good read, I enjoyed it.
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on 13 February 2014
A powerful novel from the wonderful Joan Didion scraping flesh from the bones of American life in the 1960s.
Frightening, incisive and haunting account of a woman without a home for her heart.
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on 22 January 2014
Bought as a gift and enjoyed by the reader
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on 18 January 2013
I purchased this book because I needed to read it for my class at uni and it was I thought hard to get into but then a fantastic read.
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on 8 May 2014
This was a weird book as in chapter construction. I persevered with it and ended up quite enjoying it. You do have to give it a good chance tho.
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