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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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Having been forced inside over the last 72 hours from a particularly heavy snowstorm I decided to dive into Didion's accounts of grief/loss for some perspective. This was deeply addicting to read, as most death memoirs are, and the moments when Didion shifts to a clinical analysis of the nature of grief/mourning are cutting and revelatory. I wasn't surprised to see many on here taking issue with the name-dropping or inadvertent flexing that was going on in the more mundane parts of her account - it can be a bit disengaging and alienating, but the facts are the facts. There also is something to the equalizing force of loss transcending social order.

I will be reading "Blue Nights" sometime soon, and can plainly see why Didion was such a literary force. ( )
  deaddilly | Jan 21, 2023 |
I listened to the audible production of this by Vanessa Redgrave and it was clearly an abridged version. Sounds like they took out most of the parts people have been finding annoying and kept the beautiful and mesmerizing parts! I will now take the time to compare the written version. But wow, what I heard really captured the complexities and contradictions. ( )
  Sue.Gaeta | Jan 10, 2023 |
Powerful introspective memoir. Very sad, of course, but I admired her ability to look into herself. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
I liked the writing even though it was a bit circular
  spiritedstardust | Dec 29, 2022 |
A very honest and raw journal of grief for the death of a spouse/partner. The circulating thoughts, finding them in every mundane task, unable to break free from "at this time one year ago" - it's so vivid and sad.

Didion makes good points on how mourning and grief are viewed today, and why they should be, to some extent, reevaluated. Grief is as important as happiness.

This book made me cry a few times and I appreciate how provoking it was. ( )
  zozopuff | Dec 19, 2022 |
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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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Joan Didionautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Caruso, BarbaraNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jonkheer, ChristienTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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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