The White Album: Essays (FSG Classics)
First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era—including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall—through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to... show more
First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era—including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall—through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central text of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.
Publish date: November 10th 2009
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, 20th Century
, Short Stories
While I recognize Didion's towering intellect, her facility with language, her admirable curiosity and the scope of her knowledge, I find her writing so icy and distant I'm left unsatisfied. On one hand, her essays about such diverse topics as water supply and James Pike surprise me and catch my int...
Loved most of what I read, which was the majority of the book, but some of it was of no interest to me. However, her writing is magnificent. I loved the titled essay and it was heartwarming to again revisit the 60's and early 70's with Joan Didion as my guide. Her picture on the back of the hardcove...
Didion is just so damned good.
ms. didion exorcises her angst by dissecting her life and society in the most clinical, intellectualized way possible. well i suppose that technique must work for someone. a modern classic, still relevant and probably will remain so forever. but not exactly an endearing experience.
The White Album was required reading for my American Experience class. I didn't love the book at first, but after a couple of essays, Didion's quiet style started to grow on me. This collection is a revealing narrative of events that occurred in the 1960's and 1970's. It examines the lives of fam...