- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Feb. 13 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400078431
- ISBN-13: 978-1400078431
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Year of Magical Thinking Paperback – Feb 13 2007
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“Thrilling . . . a living, sharp, and memorable book. . . . An exact, candid, and penetrating account of personal terror and bereavement . . . sometimes quite funny because it dares to tell the truth.”
—Robert Pinsky, The New York Times Book Review
“Stunning candor and piercing details. . . . An indelible portrait of loss and grief.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“I can’t think of a book we need more than hers. . . . I can’t imagine dying without this book.”
—John Leonard, New York Review of Books
“Achingly beautiful. . . . We have come to admire and love Didion for her preternatural poise, unrivaled eye for absurdity, and Orwellian distaste for cant. It is thus a difficult, moving, and extraordinarily poignant experience to watch her direct such scrutiny inward.”
—Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Los Angeles Times
“An act of consummate literary bravery, a writer known for her clarity allowing us to watch her mind as it becomes clouded with grief. . . . It also skips backward in time [to] call up a shimmering portrait of her unique marriage. . . . To make her grief real, Didion shows us what she has lost.”
—Lev Grossman, Time
About the Author
Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.
Joan Didion's Where I Was From, Political Fictions, The Last Thing He Wanted, After Henry, Miami, Democracy, Salvador, A Book of Common Prayer, and Run River are available in Vintage paperback.
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Joan Didion writes about the sudden loss of her husband, who dies right in front of her while her daughter, their only child, is in a coma...
If you have love anyone (person or pet) or have lost anyone, if that pain of loss is raw or even 20 years in the past this is an amazing read. It was thought provoking and even life changing as I had to truly allow myself to grieve and decide who and what I wanted to matter.
Phillipe Aries' The Hour of Our Death to remind the reader you too. You too believe in the repetition of your daily rituals with your loved ones that you are exempt from the finger of the Reaper. You too, as I did, Didion seems to say, refuse to acknowledge the passing of time, the leaving of life in every day details: the way we hold a fork, our eyes absorbing the exact slant of afternoon light, the sight of our beloved's living breathing face.
Along with this more subtle message, Didion shares a deep insight: grief is not the same as mourning. In her experience grief settled in the shattered moments following the heart attack that took her writing partner, husband and best friend within seconds. That grief, as she reports it, numbed and in a sense preserved her until she might open to the less merciful mourning, in which the daily truth of the loss, its depth and height, its width across her now empty heart expanded.
No one serves language like Didion. Alone in her vast talent now, with Dunne her husband gone, still she shines the way for the rest of us, writers, people, humans who share the only truth: we too will die someday.