Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Year of Magical Thinking

I just finished reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. I picked up this book from my sister's bedside table. She had suggested it in one of her comments here, so I took it.

I can't say that this is the best book for February, yet I've never read a book that was as honest, yet intellectual, about a topic as emotional as death. The book documents Joan Didion's struggle with grief and mourning after the death of her husband and writing partner John Dunne. Relying on the things she had always used as support - research, books, and writing - she journeys through a year of "magical thinking" in which she finds dangerous ground in even the smallest errands and tasks.


JoVE said...

I might check that out. I have one of the others you have read recently in the line-up. I think it is next.

I finished The Secret Life of Bees yesterday and for some reason wondered if you had read it. I liked it but cried a lot. And I must admit that I like that kind of thing. I had read the author's memoir (The Dance of the Dissident Daughter) immediately beforehand as well, so there were a lot of connections between her fiction and the spiritual issues that she explored in the non-fiction. The fiction is better.

wisteria said...

I'm going to read it!