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L'Any del pensament màgic (2005)

de Joan Didion

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[In this book, the author] 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 who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later - the night before New Year's Eve - the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This ... book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself." -Dust jacket.… (més)
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Joan Didion tells of the death of her husband John. They had a unique marriage it seemed because other than the first 5 months of the marriage, they both worked from home and spent nearly 24 hours a day together for 40 years. Nevertheless, I think her reflections and her processing of grief were helpful.

For me the book was good. She retells memories of her life with John, his death, everything leading up to his death, the surprising foreshadowing moments and conversations before his death only knowable afterward, her difficulty moving forward, the process, etc. with insight, wit and candor. As as she processes her struggle, the reader does as well. Her reflections sparked a desire, perhaps a need in me, in working a bit more intentionally on my own process of healing, not from a death, but divorce.

Three things I didn't like: 1) Their lifestyle felt unrelatable at times (because of fame and wealth). 2) Sometimes she was overly detailed. 3) There didn't seem to be much "magical thinking." I happen work with people who have serious mental illness and I was hoping for a bit more psychosis / delusions. There were some, but not enough (in my opinion) to merit the phrase in her title.

Neverthless, a good book - recommended for those going through grief. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
This is a gutting account of death and loss in the span of a year. Joan Didion is a novelist whose daughter suddenly ends up in the hospital with a mysterious unexplained illness, and in the middle of her ICU tenure, Didion's husband suddenly dies. In the middle of this grief, her daughter recovers and collapses again, and Didion reviews her life, questioning everything that could be a sign. This is a raw memoir and goes back and forth in time, as Didion processes her grief and her life moving forward. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Mourning Becomes Magical
Review of the Kindle eBook edition (2009) of the original stage play (2007) adapted from the original hardcover The Year of Magical Thinking (2005)

Earlier this year, I listened to the recent recording of The Year of Magical Thinking (August 2020) in its audiobook revival by actress Vanessa Redgrave who had originated the role in the stage version in 2007. That performance by the 83-year-old Redgrave added an extra layer of pathos to the story of Joan Didion's mourning of her husband John Gregory Dunne and daughter Quintana Dunne.

Reading the text version now several months later, I still hear it as being performed by Vanessa Redgrave's voice in my head so it is difficult to separate the words from the performance. The one major thing that I noticed in the read-through was Didion's reference to magical thinking as part of ritual in ancient cultures i.e. if I do this, then this will appease the gods and then this other will happen. This is a small comfort to others in mourning that the somewhat crazed thinking that sometimes comes with it has been part of the human family for eons, but it is a comfort still the same. ( )
  alanteder | Nov 27, 2020 |
I sought out this book in the belief that I could learn from her grief.
Yet what I experienced was a wall of affluence that kept me at a distance.
Somewhere in there is the pained little naked animal bursting with love and loss.

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  runningbeardbooks | Sep 29, 2020 |
I just couldn't get into this one. ( )
  baruthcook | Aug 26, 2020 |
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Essayistic and concise, seeking external points of comparison, trying to set her case in some wider context.
afegit per KayCliff | editaNew York Review of Books, Julian Barnes (Apr 7, 2011)
 
afegit per melmore | editaLondon Review of Books, Michael Wood (Web de pagament) (Jan 5, 2006)
 
The book is, as promised, extraordinary. The Year of Magical Thinking is raw, brutal, compact, precise, immediate, literate, and, given the subject matter, astonishingly readable.
afegit per melmore | editaSlate.com, Peter D. Kramer (Oct 17, 2005)
 
Though the material is literally terrible, the writing is exhilarating and what unfolds resembles an adventure narrative: a forced expedition into those "cliffs of fall" identified by Hopkins.
 
The Year of Magical Thinking , though it spares nothing in describing Didion's confusion, grief and derangement, is a work of surpassing clarity and honesty. It may not provide "meaning" to her husband's death or her daughter's illness, but it describes their effects on her with unsparing candor. It was not written as a self-help handbook for the bereaved but as a journey into a place that none of us can fully imagine until we have been there.
 

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[In this book, the author] 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 who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later - the night before New Year's Eve - the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This ... book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself." -Dust jacket.

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