The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

'An act of consummate literary bravery, a writer known for her clarity allowing us to watch her mind as it becomes clouded with grief.' From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage?and a life, in good times and bad?that will speak to anyone 'An act of consummate literary bravery, a writer known for her clarity allowing us to watch her mind as it become...

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Title:The Year of Magical Thinking
Author:Joan Didion
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Genres:Nonfiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:227 pages pages

The Year of Magical Thinking Reviews

  • Sara
    Jul 20, 2007

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

  • Greg
    Aug 05, 2008

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

  • noisy penguin
    May 21, 2007

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

  • Dawn
    May 30, 2007

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

  • Audrey
    Jun 24, 2007

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

    This book of nonfiction .. a sort of widow grief memoir.. written by a living legend who is a master narrative teller. The losing of her husband the writer John Gregory Dunne over dinner, a heart attack.. one moment you are here and the next you are gone. The haze and confusion.. th...

    A National Book Award-winner, this book is Didion?s personal memoir of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Dunne. Didion lays out her thought processes and emotions and struggle for normalcy after Dunne passes away suddenly one night at the dinner table from a h...

    I don't think it's Joan Didion's fault that my reaction to this book was to question and/or deride several facets of my life: should I be closer to my husband, like the author? Was I wasting time? Why didn't I keep a real journal? Why were the sporadic sentences in my sad attempt a jou...

  • Simeon Berry
    Jun 21, 2007

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

  • Samilja
    Apr 13, 2008

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

    This book of nonfiction .. a sort of widow grief memoir.. written by a living legend who is a master narrative teller. The losing of her husband the writer John Gregory Dunne over dinner, a heart attack.. one moment you are here and the next you are gone. The haze and confusion.. th...

    A National Book Award-winner, this book is Didion?s personal memoir of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Dunne. Didion lays out her thought processes and emotions and struggle for normalcy after Dunne passes away suddenly one night at the dinner table from a h...

    I don't think it's Joan Didion's fault that my reaction to this book was to question and/or deride several facets of my life: should I be closer to my husband, like the author? Was I wasting time? Why didn't I keep a real journal? Why were the sporadic sentences in my sad attempt a jou...

    This wasn't exactly what I expected. I knew from an interview with Didion on Fresh Air that the book was written in the year that followed the death of her husband - A year she spent mostly in hospitals at her adult daughter's bedside. The daughter, Quintana, suffered various illnesses...

  • Diane
    Aug 15, 2007

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

  • Dorothea
    Apr 11, 2009

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

    This book of nonfiction .. a sort of widow grief memoir.. written by a living legend who is a master narrative teller. The losing of her husband the writer John Gregory Dunne over dinner, a heart attack.. one moment you are here and the next you are gone. The haze and confusion.. th...

    A National Book Award-winner, this book is Didion?s personal memoir of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Dunne. Didion lays out her thought processes and emotions and struggle for normalcy after Dunne passes away suddenly one night at the dinner table from a h...

    I don't think it's Joan Didion's fault that my reaction to this book was to question and/or deride several facets of my life: should I be closer to my husband, like the author? Was I wasting time? Why didn't I keep a real journal? Why were the sporadic sentences in my sad attempt a jou...

    This wasn't exactly what I expected. I knew from an interview with Didion on Fresh Air that the book was written in the year that followed the death of her husband - A year she spent mostly in hospitals at her adult daughter's bedside. The daughter, Quintana, suffered various illnesses...

    'I hadn?t been able to think of food for days, so I had sent Higgins out for an hors d?oeuvres platter from Café Provencal. I was nibbling brie and beluga caviar on the deck, watching the sun set over the New York skyline and wondering how things could get any worse when Higgins b...

    El año del pensamiento mágico, de Joan Didion, es definitivamente uno de los libros más desgarradores, duros y sinceros que he leído. Al escribir una novela como esta, Didion muestra una valentía incalificable; desde la pena desoladora de la muerte, nos revela su lado más íntimo...

    This is my first attempt to read anything written by Joan Didion. I picked up The Year of Magical thinking at a used book sale, after hearing her name thrown around in literary circles and not knowing anything about her. At this moment I'm only on page 76 and I don't know if I'll bothe...

  • Books Ring Mah Bell
    Nov 29, 2010

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

  • Kim
    Oct 24, 2007

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

  • Kate
    Dec 18, 2007

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

  • Tung
    Jan 09, 2008

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

    This book of nonfiction .. a sort of widow grief memoir.. written by a living legend who is a master narrative teller. The losing of her husband the writer John Gregory Dunne over dinner, a heart attack.. one moment you are here and the next you are gone. The haze and confusion.. th...

    A National Book Award-winner, this book is Didion?s personal memoir of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Dunne. Didion lays out her thought processes and emotions and struggle for normalcy after Dunne passes away suddenly one night at the dinner table from a h...

  • Fabian
    Apr 06, 2017

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

  • Jason Koivu
    Sep 30, 2012

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

  • Thomas
    Dec 31, 2014

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

    This book of nonfiction .. a sort of widow grief memoir.. written by a living legend who is a master narrative teller. The losing of her husband the writer John Gregory Dunne over dinner, a heart attack.. one moment you are here and the next you are gone. The haze and confusion.. th...

    A National Book Award-winner, this book is Didion?s personal memoir of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Dunne. Didion lays out her thought processes and emotions and struggle for normalcy after Dunne passes away suddenly one night at the dinner table from a h...

    I don't think it's Joan Didion's fault that my reaction to this book was to question and/or deride several facets of my life: should I be closer to my husband, like the author? Was I wasting time? Why didn't I keep a real journal? Why were the sporadic sentences in my sad attempt a jou...

    This wasn't exactly what I expected. I knew from an interview with Didion on Fresh Air that the book was written in the year that followed the death of her husband - A year she spent mostly in hospitals at her adult daughter's bedside. The daughter, Quintana, suffered various illnesses...

    'I hadn?t been able to think of food for days, so I had sent Higgins out for an hors d?oeuvres platter from Café Provencal. I was nibbling brie and beluga caviar on the deck, watching the sun set over the New York skyline and wondering how things could get any worse when Higgins b...

    El año del pensamiento mágico, de Joan Didion, es definitivamente uno de los libros más desgarradores, duros y sinceros que he leído. Al escribir una novela como esta, Didion muestra una valentía incalificable; desde la pena desoladora de la muerte, nos revela su lado más íntimo...

    This is my first attempt to read anything written by Joan Didion. I picked up The Year of Magical thinking at a used book sale, after hearing her name thrown around in literary circles and not knowing anything about her. At this moment I'm only on page 76 and I don't know if I'll bothe...

    Didion's memoir of the year after her husband's death, and the serious illnesses of her daughter Quintanna, is a gripping read. It moves back and forth through her married life with John, recounting moments of possible foreshadowing of future disaster. She mentions and then documents t...

    "Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life." In The Magical Year of Thinking, Joan Didion creates a cerebral, searing, and brutal portrayal of grief. ...

  • Charlie
    Nov 19, 2009

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

    This book of nonfiction .. a sort of widow grief memoir.. written by a living legend who is a master narrative teller. The losing of her husband the writer John Gregory Dunne over dinner, a heart attack.. one moment you are here and the next you are gone. The haze and confusion.. th...

    A National Book Award-winner, this book is Didion?s personal memoir of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Dunne. Didion lays out her thought processes and emotions and struggle for normalcy after Dunne passes away suddenly one night at the dinner table from a h...

    I don't think it's Joan Didion's fault that my reaction to this book was to question and/or deride several facets of my life: should I be closer to my husband, like the author? Was I wasting time? Why didn't I keep a real journal? Why were the sporadic sentences in my sad attempt a jou...

    This wasn't exactly what I expected. I knew from an interview with Didion on Fresh Air that the book was written in the year that followed the death of her husband - A year she spent mostly in hospitals at her adult daughter's bedside. The daughter, Quintana, suffered various illnesses...

    'I hadn?t been able to think of food for days, so I had sent Higgins out for an hors d?oeuvres platter from Café Provencal. I was nibbling brie and beluga caviar on the deck, watching the sun set over the New York skyline and wondering how things could get any worse when Higgins b...

  • Julie Ehlers
    May 26, 2013

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

  • Alex
    Jan 29, 2013

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

  • Ammar
    Dec 06, 2017

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

    This book of nonfiction .. a sort of widow grief memoir.. written by a living legend who is a master narrative teller. The losing of her husband the writer John Gregory Dunne over dinner, a heart attack.. one moment you are here and the next you are gone. The haze and confusion.. th...

  • Sue
    Apr 27, 2010

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

    This book of nonfiction .. a sort of widow grief memoir.. written by a living legend who is a master narrative teller. The losing of her husband the writer John Gregory Dunne over dinner, a heart attack.. one moment you are here and the next you are gone. The haze and confusion.. th...

    A National Book Award-winner, this book is Didion?s personal memoir of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Dunne. Didion lays out her thought processes and emotions and struggle for normalcy after Dunne passes away suddenly one night at the dinner table from a h...

    I don't think it's Joan Didion's fault that my reaction to this book was to question and/or deride several facets of my life: should I be closer to my husband, like the author? Was I wasting time? Why didn't I keep a real journal? Why were the sporadic sentences in my sad attempt a jou...

    This wasn't exactly what I expected. I knew from an interview with Didion on Fresh Air that the book was written in the year that followed the death of her husband - A year she spent mostly in hospitals at her adult daughter's bedside. The daughter, Quintana, suffered various illnesses...

    'I hadn?t been able to think of food for days, so I had sent Higgins out for an hors d?oeuvres platter from Café Provencal. I was nibbling brie and beluga caviar on the deck, watching the sun set over the New York skyline and wondering how things could get any worse when Higgins b...

    El año del pensamiento mágico, de Joan Didion, es definitivamente uno de los libros más desgarradores, duros y sinceros que he leído. Al escribir una novela como esta, Didion muestra una valentía incalificable; desde la pena desoladora de la muerte, nos revela su lado más íntimo...

    This is my first attempt to read anything written by Joan Didion. I picked up The Year of Magical thinking at a used book sale, after hearing her name thrown around in literary circles and not knowing anything about her. At this moment I'm only on page 76 and I don't know if I'll bothe...

    Didion's memoir of the year after her husband's death, and the serious illnesses of her daughter Quintanna, is a gripping read. It moves back and forth through her married life with John, recounting moments of possible foreshadowing of future disaster. She mentions and then documents t...

  • Orsodimondo
    Jan 30, 2014

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

  • Debbie "DJ"
    Nov 28, 2014

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

  • Lynne King
    Feb 28, 2016

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

  • Helene Jeppesen
    Sep 08, 2017

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

  • Darwin8u
    Jan 15, 2014

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

  • Duane
    Feb 28, 2016

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

  • Franco  Santos
    Mar 25, 2018

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...

    If I had to describe this book with one word, it would have to be 'impactful'. If you only read one book this year, read this book! ...

    "You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends". Didion uses this statement throughout the book, and this is a statement, or some varied version of it, that has touched or may touch many of us at some point in time. The thought of it; we suppress it, bury it just out of view of o...

    There were many beautiful and moving passages in this book, but there are also some tedious aspects. I feel like a brute for criticizing what is essentially Didion's grief diary after her husband died, but some complaints have to be made. Didion gets too bogged down in the hours and da...

    This is the second book my wife has recommended to me about people whose spouses die. If I'm found dead please deliver this review to the police. There's a clinical feel about it. Not accidentally: Didion goes out of her way to cite research on the effects of grief. She analyzes it....

    Very interesting documents which heavily dotes upon pain, grief, death. Basically, megapersonal, deep, sad stuff revealed to us... for what purpose? To observe, I guess. Bear witness. Some grief SHOULD be shared... Because....? In order to...? Diminish it? I guess it is this: to ultima...

    I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The title essay of The White Album is probably the best-written essay of all time in my book, followed by F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-up"...

    This book of nonfiction .. a sort of widow grief memoir.. written by a living legend who is a master narrative teller. The losing of her husband the writer John Gregory Dunne over dinner, a heart attack.. one moment you are here and the next you are gone. The haze and confusion.. th...

    A National Book Award-winner, this book is Didion?s personal memoir of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Dunne. Didion lays out her thought processes and emotions and struggle for normalcy after Dunne passes away suddenly one night at the dinner table from a h...

    I don't think it's Joan Didion's fault that my reaction to this book was to question and/or deride several facets of my life: should I be closer to my husband, like the author? Was I wasting time? Why didn't I keep a real journal? Why were the sporadic sentences in my sad attempt a jou...

    This wasn't exactly what I expected. I knew from an interview with Didion on Fresh Air that the book was written in the year that followed the death of her husband - A year she spent mostly in hospitals at her adult daughter's bedside. The daughter, Quintana, suffered various illnesses...

    'I hadn?t been able to think of food for days, so I had sent Higgins out for an hors d?oeuvres platter from Café Provencal. I was nibbling brie and beluga caviar on the deck, watching the sun set over the New York skyline and wondering how things could get any worse when Higgins b...

    El año del pensamiento mágico, de Joan Didion, es definitivamente uno de los libros más desgarradores, duros y sinceros que he leído. Al escribir una novela como esta, Didion muestra una valentía incalificable; desde la pena desoladora de la muerte, nos revela su lado más íntimo...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jul 26, 2017

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

  • TK421
    Jul 02, 2010

    You might think of me as a cynic. If you?re being kind, that is. I?m the one that says ?Seriously?? when being told of some tragic event--like someone would actually make up the horrific thing. I?m the one that views the whole process of death--the telling, the grieving, ...

    Disclaimer: Being fresh into the grieving process myself, you may want to skip this review and head onto others. Undoubtedly I'll purge my grief in a review about a book on grief. You've been warned. Right off the top I will say this for the book: raw, powerful, honest, amazing. I...

    I hated this book. It is the reason I instituted my "100 pages" policy (if it's not promising 100 pages in, I will no longer waste my time on it). So within the 100 pages I did read, all I got from Didion was that she and her husband used to live a fabulous life and they know a lot of ...

    ?It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.? ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking In four days it will be one year since my father-in-law died in an accidental shooting. He had recently turned 60 and recently celeb...

    Hated it, hated it, hated it- but kept reading with the hope that all my pain and suffering would somehow be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The same self-pitying, whiney, depressing, self-important sentiments are basically repeated over and over again only with different words. Joan D...

    This is a hard book for me to review, as I know my own personal experience will be foremost. A big thank you to a wonderful friend who sent this to me after the loss of my own partner three weeks ago. So yes, this book is about grief and loss. It is Didion's own personal journey after ...

    I have only experienced the death of a few friends and my grandparents, so I cannot say that the grief that Joan Didion describes has ever been my own. However, her loss of her husband John from a sudden heart attack while simultaneously her daughter Quintana was fighting for her life ...

    Like Johnny Rotten said during their last (in the universe where they never would re-form again in the mid-90's) show, "Do you ever feel like you've been cheated?" I do Johnny, I do. I feel cheated by this book. I bought it because it cost me a dollar. I wasn't interested in it tha...

    ANCHE PIÙ CHE UN GIORNO DI PIÙ Quando terminò la cerimonia ci recammo nella villetta di Pebble Beach. C?erano degli stuzzichini, dello champagne, una terrazza aperta sul Pacifico, una cosa molto semplice. Per la luna di miele passammo qualche notte in bungalow del ranch San Ysid...

    To call Joan Didion cold or even heartless - true as it may be in the light of The Year of Magical Thinking, this monument to the analytical dissection of grief - is itself a cold and heartless condemnation. We all grieve in our own way. This is hers. After losing numerous family m...

    Joan Didion's daughter Quintana fell gravely ill and was hospitalized with a serious infection. She was placed in a medical coma and put on life support. Only weeks later, Joan's husband, John Dunne, was speaking with her from their living room after visiting their daughter in the hosp...

    I?m finding it surprisingly difficult to write about this book. This is, without a doubt, the perfect book about having your husband die suddenly of a massive heart attack while your daughter is in the hospital in a coma, about to begin her own death-defying medical struggle (one she...

    "you sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. the question of self-pity." i picked up this book and read it knowing nothing more than those two short lines. those two lines which become the refrain of the memoir. i think i must have been drawn to it intuitively, i needed...

    Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life. Virtually everyone who has ever experienced grief mentions this phenomenon of ?waves?. I cannot remem...

    I am not the type of person that cries at funerals. I find crying at a funeral as constructive as trying to stop a raging river with a few paper towels and a bag of sand, nothing is achieved. Find me not callous, for I am sensitive to the recently departed and their family. It's just t...