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Play It As It Lays - Joan Didion
Play It As It Lays
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A dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It As It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation. Joan Didion chose Hollywood to serve as her microcosm of contemporary society and exposed a culture characterized by emptiness and ennui.Maria Wyeth is an emotional drifter who has... show more
A dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It As It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation. Joan Didion chose Hollywood to serve as her microcosm of contemporary society and exposed a culture characterized by emptiness and ennui.Maria Wyeth is an emotional drifter who has become almost anesthetized against pain and pleasure. She finds herself, in her early thirties, radically divorced from husband, lovers, friends, her own past and her own future. Actress, daughter, wife, mother, woman: she has played each role to the sound of one hand clapping.Play It As It Lays is set in a place beyond good and evil, literally in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and the barren wastes of the Mojave, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul. Two decades after its original publication, it remains a profoundly disturbing novel.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780374521714 (0374521719)
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Pages no: 214
Edition language: English
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JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
4.0 PLAY IT AS IT LAYS BY JOAN DIDION
“There was silence. Something real was happening: this was, as it were, her life. If she could keep that in mind she would be able to play it through, do the right thing, whatever that meant.”Whenever Maria called, it was as if the ringing of the phone heralded the end of any conviviality I might ha...
orwellaintdead
orwellaintdead rated it
3.0 Play It As It Lays: A Novel
What exactly is the point to this novel? Trying my best to fathom something, but it's proving futile. Something about nothingness and the lack of meaning to human existence? I don't know. Was a very frustrating read. Would've given a worse rating, but it is well written. I just can't get to the poin...
daisyq
daisyq rated it
On the basis of this, I prefer Didion's non-fiction. This was closest in tone to the essay "Slouching Toward Bethlehem", which was probably my least favourite in that collection. This book is very much of its time, late sixties, and it was hard for me to relate to the despair of characters whose 'pr...
riley
riley rated it
4.0 Play It As It Lays: A Novel
A strange and elliptical novel. Something I probably should read a second time (as someone said, it's over before you know it, and suddenly you don't know what to do). I'm in a bit of a rush right now, so I can't really elaborate.
Austen to Zafón
Austen to Zafón rated it
2.0
Read about 3/4 of the book, but couldn't maintain enough interest to finish. I didn't sympathize with or understand the characters.
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