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The Year of Magical Thinking de Joan Didion
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The Year of Magical Thinking (2005 original; edició 2007)

de Joan Didion (Autor)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER ? From one of America??s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion that 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 powerful 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 it
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Membre:CKBradford
Títol:The Year of Magical Thinking
Autors:Joan Didion (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (2007), Edition: Reprint, 227 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
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    Housekeeping de Marilynne Robinson (Jesse_wiedinmyer)
  2. 20
    A Widow's Story: A Memoir de Joyce Carol Oates (KayCliff)
    KayCliff: Both are autobiographical accounts of the writer's first year of widowhood.
  3. 00
    Logboek van een onbarmhartig jaar de Connie Palmen (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Trauer über den Tod des Ehemannes
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    True Story: The Life and Death of My Brother de Helen Humphreys (unlucky)
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    When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine de Monica Wood (DetailMuse)
    DetailMuse: Both are beautiful explorations of magical thinking during grief -- Didion's in reaction to the death of her husband in older age; Wood's in reaction to the death of her father in childhood.
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    The Long Goodbye: A memoir de Meghan O'Rourke (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Although these books certainly have differences, both are beautifully written, and both are about a year of grieving, each in their own way.
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    Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time de Rob Sheffield (sanddancer)
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    Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy de Sheryl Sandberg (JuliaMaria)
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Joan Didion schildert in diesem Buch das Jahr nach dem Tod ihres Mannes. John Dunne, mit dem sie vorher 24/7 zusammen war, 40 Jahre verheiratet, Kollege, Freund und Liebhaber, ist von einem auf den anderen Moment nicht mehr da. Zudem ist ihre Tochter Quintana schwer krank. Diesen Schickalsschlag, den man als Eltern gemeinsam tragen sollte, muss sie nun alleine bearbeiten.
Dass das ein sehr schweres Jahr ist, kann ich gut nachvollziehen. Ich finde es beachtlich und respektabel, dass sie ihre Gedanken schon recht früh schreibend ordnet. Diese Gedanken sind der Trauer immanent, das magische Denken (wenn.. dann kommt er zurück), auch das Bewusstsein, dass die Uhr schon lange tickt und man es immer verdrängt. Johns Herz war anfällig, schon lange vorher nannten die Ärzte diese Disposition "Widowmaker". Sind es dann geschenkte Jahre, die man nach einer solchen Diagnose noch hat oder genommene Jahre, die nach dem Tod noch fehlen? Beides vermutlich. Ich habe das Buch auf Englisch gelesen und fand den Unterschied zwischen "moarn" und "grief" erstaunlich. Wie würde man das übersetzen? Trauern und betrauern? Wenn mir die Übersetzung mal begegnet, muss ich nachschauen.
Aber ich fand das Buch ensetzlich langatmig. Vielleicht habe ich es auf Englisch nicht voll genießen kömnnen, das mag sein. Es bleibt aber der Schluss, dass ich mich eher durchgequält habe, zweimal darüber eingeschlafen bin und es nicht gern gelesen habe. Ich kann die Lobeshymnen überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen und Aussagen wie "I can´t imagine dying without this book" (New York review of books) lassen mich nur den Kopf schütteln. ( )
  Wassilissa | Apr 23, 2023 |
Wow! What a moving book. Such raw honesty, heartfelt, and detailed. I cried when I finished the book. Definitely, death is not a subject I would chose to read, I only picked this book up on the author's merit, but glad I did. I took note of Didion saying that grief and mourning is a mental illness; and the loss of cognitive abilities in these circumstances as being common. Reading about Didion's loss, and describing her own reactions helps enormously in understanding my own reactions. Thanks JD, for sharing this personal autobiography. ( )
  AChild | Mar 23, 2023 |
Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe because I haven't experience any major unexpected losses in my life, I was totally underwhelmed by this book. I listened to the audio version. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
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 |
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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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Biography & Autobiography. Self-Improvement. Nonfiction. HTML:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER ? From one of America??s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion that 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 powerful 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 it

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