The year of magical thinking by Joan Didion
THIS is an incredibly brave and unique book. In January, 2004, Didion s partner of 40 years, her husband John Dunne, died suddenly of a heart attack. At the same time, their only daughter Quintana was laying desperately ill in hospital. The Year of Magic
THIS is an incredibly brave and unique book.
In January, 2004, Didion's partner of 40 years, her husband John Dunne, died suddenly of a heart attack.
At the same time, their only daughter Quintana was laying desperately ill in hospital.
The Year of Magical Thinking is, as Didion herself says, her "attempt to make sense" of the period following John's death.
As such it is part memoir, part scientific analysis of John's death and Quintana's illness, part poetic working through of the most profound grief.
Sometimes it is almost painstakingly detailed and analytic, at others it is literary and passionate.
- 1 Man wanted in connection with police officer assault could be in Hitchin
- 2 Plans to demolish riding stables to make way for housing
- 3 'Jobs will be lost' if Stevenage TK Maxx fails to relocate
- 4 Range Rover stopped towing ‘insecure trailer’ on A1(M) in Stevenage
- 5 Stevenage woman arrested following 'dangerous driving and assault'
- 6 VOTE: Which is your favourite chip shop in all of Hertfordshire?
- 7 Woman left with injuries after dog attack in Woolmer Green
- 8 Hertfordshire grandad who died in A6 Bugatti crash had a 'generous spirit'
- 9 Former pub owner admits to food hygiene offences
- 10 Plans to demolish two houses and build 20 flats in their place
At all times it is frank and poignant, absorbing and worth reading. 4/5