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Author Topic: Joan Didion - The Year of Magical Thinking  (Read 3219 times)
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« on: January 28, 2011, 09:18:15 pm »

Hey guys, I don't you if you remember, but one time when Vanessa played "Fair-Weather Friends" at a show, she prefaced it with a short blurb about the book The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. It was on one of the live recordings of the song, and after hearing her say it each time I listened to the song, I decided that I should probably look into that book. So, I checked it out from my University's library at the beginning of the quarter and I started reading it. Sadly, my workload became heavier, and I was not able to finish the book. I was wondering if any other Nessaholics read the book after she suggested it. I didn't quite see the elements that V talked about, but that's probably because I failed to finish the book. However, I felt like it was a very well written memoir and I will have to return to it again when I get more time. Do any of you have any thoughts on this book?
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2011, 12:18:32 am »

I havent read this one though I did think about it after hearing her mention it. I'll try to find it at my library and read it though  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2011, 01:34:16 am »

I've read it and now consequently love Joan Didion. I really recommend reading it, because it is a beautifully written, yet simple book, and i can see why V drew inspiration from it.

Also, Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a really good read too.

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2011, 04:26:59 am »

I've read it but did not get much from it. I read it last year. But I think I've grown since first time I read it, so I'm putting it to my re-read list.
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2011, 08:32:02 am »

I've read this. It's pretty intense, and I really liked it. I think the essence of 'magical thinking', as discussed in the book, revolves around the grief and insanity that results from losing a loved one, and, in turn, how it affected the author in her personal life. It touches on many bases of grief, including - but not limited to - self-alienation, disorientation and vulnerability. I think Vanessa merely expanded on the theme based on her personal understanding of the concept, or perhaps even related it to a personal experience?
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2011, 07:31:46 pm »

Like others here, I read it about a year ago, I think. Now, I can safely say that I absolutely adore it. Didion did a beautiful/b] job in reflecting on her past, and pushing forward in her present. The details, and the bereavement were shown very intimately, and I liked that. You could see her sincerity, and really grasp the significance of John in her life, while he was alive and after his death. It shows on the book cover, too. The letters "J".. "O"... "H"... and "N" are blue, as the rest are black.

And, V gives such an accurate synopsis at her shows, like she did at the premiere of 'Fairweather Friend.'

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2012, 04:39:56 pm »

I heard Laura Bush speak this morning at Earth Day Dallas and she said was talking about how powerful this book was. (: Made my day!
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2012, 08:46:17 pm »

I read this too (last summer) I think it might be a re read for me because I was so wrapped up in trying to find V's inspiration from the book that I couldn't take it for what it was.  I too recently read somethign about someone liking this book but I can't for the life of me remember who it was!
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2012, 08:49:49 am »

I read this too (last summer) I think it might be a re read for me because I was so wrapped up in trying to find V's inspiration from the book that I couldn't take it for what it was.  I too recently read somethign about someone liking this book but I can't for the life of me remember who it was!

It's too sad for me to finish. It's so well written though.
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2012, 11:32:39 pm »

Haha, I forgot I started this thread! It's been over a year, and I never got around to finishing it. I don't think I got too far, actually, I stopped probably at about page 60, but I remember, I really loved the imagery/descriptive language and the serene feeling it brought about in me.
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