Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion


  • Hardcover
  • 208
  • Blue Nights
  • Joan Didion
  • English
  • 03 August 2020
  • 9780307267672

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Free read È E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Joan Didion Joan Didion · 9 Read Read Blue Nights From one of our most powerful writers a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband John Gregory Dunne and daughter uintana Roo this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts fears and doubts regarding having children illness and growing old   Blue Nights opens on July 26 2010 as Didion thinks back to uintana’s wedding in New York seven ye. I wanted to like this book than I did I am very sorry poor Joan D s husband died and then her only child is dead But she writes this book in a confusing way and I m not sure what to make of it Even the title phrase which she tries to explain is elusive to me I learned way about her life and her daughter in her prior book The Yr of Magical Thinking That topic was the sad and sudden death of her husband This book is about the sad and not sudden death of her daughter who died less than two years after Mr Dunne died If your child dies how are you supposed to make it into a nice readable tale But I was not very thrilled with this book I don t know how likeable the narrator is I can t understand if her daughter named uitana was a trunk full of trouble growing up or not There is mention of diagnosis and some mental problems but it is not explained The daughter is adopted and I was expecting a heartfelt uest for parenthood that you commonly hear from adoptive families This was nothing like that it seemed to happen on a lark mentioning they were trying to have a baby Ms Didion was in her early thirties or late twenties I think She was not too old to conceive by general standards but nothing is explained and then someone who knew a Dr so and so who called them and they went and got the baby She does recount the bio family connecting up with her daughter but there is no emotional expression that colors it It is factual and clinical and kind of dull Ms Didion has regrets about the kind of mother she was but she does not really get into it but she seems almost defensive over the privileged life she gave her daughter This is odd because there are no apologies for the extravagant life style And I got annoyed with the life style she and John live it up on expense accounts presumably movie companies and publishers It makes me uncomfortable when perfectly well off people are such sponges Flying to Hawaii to Europe summers in France and so on If now she wasn t all alone and sad I might be jealous There is an annoying tale of strange bitterness involving the house she had in California She wrote about it enough in the Yr of Magical Thinkinghere it is again She and her husband sold the house moved to NYC The buyer flattered their bookish egos and then tore the whole place down and built a new one It wasn t even a wonderful house but JD still is bothered by this apparent unfair treatment It is one topic she is clear about that hurt herI have read some of JD s other books and I like her style but in this case it has its limits She mentions uitana s husbandbut he does not get one adjective Was he tall Was he loud Was he kind It is disconcerting she is unwilling to depict him but instead will recount the patterns of hospital curtains She will mention where the wedding cake came from many times it means nothing tome What designer dress was that I don t care your upper class trappings don t resonate The content is often utterly uninteresting such as a verse from the Eagles song Hotel California This thinness to the content seems to be embellished with passages having repeated phrases and their cadences It just did not work for me An only child of intellectuals is bound to be precocious and all kids say fascinating things something Ms D seems oblivious to She repeats the story of s child hood fear of the broken man it means to the parents than it does to the kid It is not exactly bragging but JD seems to think it is some sort of incredible clue to the rare brain of her kid I am not sure if her writing this book was anything than just making some coin Maybe she got bad advice I do feel sorry for her not because she is alone and old because we will all be old or dead and you are always alone I feel sorry for her because she seemed to lose her footing in life happens to everyone and trying to write about it does not seem to help

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Free read È E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Joan Didion Joan Didion · 9 Read Read Blue Nights Ars before Today would be her wedding anniversary This fact triggers vivid snapshots of uintana’s childhood in Malibu in Brentwood at school in Holmby Hills Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent Didion asks the candid uestions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced “How could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen” Finally perhaps w. Well it s probably blasphemy to say this and I did give this book the highest possible rating but some of Didion s stylistic methods the lists the uestions the coy mingling of abstract and concrete were showing here They felt like tricks rather than fluid means of transcending the personal and reaching the universal I actually got annoyed with the narrator when she couldn t seem to answer her own interminable uestions when the answers seemed obvious to me Of course if your mother has chronic migraine carries a presumptive diagnosis of MS looks frail writes about chaos and the meaninglessness of the universe and your parents take you with them around the world to movie sets and agents offices you may well become precocious feel as if it is your job to take care of them and develop your own sense that the universe is meaningless and chaotic Is this really mysterious You may see the randomness lurking in the choiceadoption fable meant to reassure you that you were fated to be with your adoptive parents How could you not ask what if you weren t home when the doctor called to offer me to you etc when your mother asks these sorts of uestions in her writing all the time How can Didion not see how much uintana probably wanted to be a writer like Mom and Dad Didion approaches and then darts away from deeper understanding of her daughter s and her own psychology Some of the montagecollage the movement from contemplating her daughter s psychology to her own physical problems of aging felt narcissistic Can she only think about her daughter empathetically for so long before she has to shift focus to herself I understand that the larger themes are mortality and the unwillingness to acknowledge the passage of time etc etc but there were still so many moments when I wanted to pin the narrator down to staying in the moment with her daughter before getting back to herself Didion also throws around psychiatric diagnoses applied at various times to uintana as if they explain her but it feels cruel to apply a diagnosis so often used to discredit intense women and so often lacking in scientific validity borderline personality disorder to describe her daughter It doesn t explain at this point it only discredits I haven t yet uite gotten to the end of the book but it s still not clear to me what the connection is between these psychiatric diagnoses and her daughter s final physical illness Maybe Didion is relying on the reader to connect some of these dots but for some reason this book felt coy and evasive than her other works Are we being asked to forgive her Tell her that whatever happened with her daughter isn t her fault Or condemn and forgive her at the same time Is the subject matter still too fraught too painful the relationship too unresolved Am I projecting here my own feelings about my mother and her blindnesses to me I feel as if I m being too hard on Didion What could be horrible than losing your husband and your daughter within a few months of one another in the midst of losing your own physical and cognitive bearings Didion is brave to even broach these subjects and even when she s not at the top of her game she s better than virtually everyone else writing memoir I relished every word of this book even as I sometimes wanted to shake the narrator

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Free read È E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Joan Didion Joan Didion · 9 Read Read Blue Nights E all remain unknown to each other Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age something she finds hard to acknowledge much less accept   Blue Nights the long light evening hours that signal the summer solstice “the opposite of the dying of the brightness but also its warning” like The Year of Magical Thinking before it is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty haunting and profoundly movi. I loved this even than The Year of Magical Thinking Special shout out to the goodreads reviews of this book that imply and sometimes state that it s not sad enough they gave me my first true belly deep laugh in weeks


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    Read Blue Nights Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion Free read È E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Joan Didion I should preface this review by saying that I adore Joan Didion's writing There really is no one better at cataloguing the

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    Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion I wanted to like this book than I did I am very sorry poor Joan D's husband died and then her only child is dead But she writes this book in a

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    Joan Didion · 9 Read Free read È E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Joan Didion Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion In certain latitudes there comes a span of time approaching and following the summer solstice some weeks in all when the twilights turn long and blueyou pass a window you walk to Central Park you find yourself swimming in the color blueover the course of an hour or so this blue deepens becomes intense even as it darkens and fades

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    Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion A brief yet heart aching poetic insight of grief relating the death of Didion's adult daughter uintana It's in the blue nights that the uestions the grappling for answers plague us As Didion explains this 'Blue Ni

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    Joan Didion · 9 Read Free read È E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Joan Didion Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion My first work by Didion this is a follow up to The Year of Magical Thinking where Didion wrote about the loss of her husband This concerns the loss of Didion’s adopted daughter uintana Roo in 2005 at 39 not long after the death of her husband Whilst Didion does cover the adoption of her daughter and some of

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    Joan Didion · 9 Read Free read È E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Joan Didion Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion Well it's probably blasphemy to say this and I did give this book the highest possible rating but some of Didion's stylistic methods the lists the uestions the coy mingling of abstract and concrete were showing here They felt like tricks rather than fluid means of transcending the personal and reaching the universal I actually got

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    Read Blue Nights Joan Didion · 9 Read Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion The scuttlebutt about Blue Nights is that it's really different from Didion's other work and that is true But it's not different in a bad way Of the Didion books I've read this struck me as the most poetic Certain

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    Read Blue Nights Joan Didion · 9 Read Free read È E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Joan Didion well this was a huge disappointment i loved the year of magical thinking didion's memoir about the unexpected sudden death of her husband to which blue nights will inevitably be compared the most positive thing i can say about blue nights is that its length around 180 pages ginormous font make it a uick readthis book is a mishmash memoir about the death of didion's adopted daughter uintana didion's inability to come to

  9. says: Free read È E-book, or Kindle E-pub · Joan Didion Joan Didion · 9 Read Read Blue Nights

    Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion I loved this even than The Year of Magical Thinking Special shout out to the goodreads reviews of this book that imply and sometimes s

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    Free (Blue Nights) by Joan Didion I had two contrary reactions while reading this book The first this is all just too private for publication Didion a sad frail woman grieving for all her lost friends and especially for her husband and daughter feels compelled to torment herself with a detailed analysis of all the occasions when she may have f

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