Sunday, November 25, 2007
85. "Play It as It Lays" - Joan Didion
Maria Wyeth grew up halfway between California and Las Vegas, this no-man's land where she remains, at least mentally.
Written in mostly short bursts (1-4 page chapters), the reader understands the heartbreak of Wyeth, as well as the definitions of her generation - drugs, alcohol, self-indulgence in thinking. Though she could be successful as an actress, she is wasting away under a heavy load of thoughts - a mentally disturbed daughter, an aborted fetus, strange romantic rectangles.
The restraint of these short chapters, as well as Didion's language choices, are impeccably original. A fascinating peek at a different time, and a lovely start of an icon's writing career.
4.0 out of 5.0 Broken Down Golf Carts.