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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Loved it

I read a lot of self-help, psychological and true stories books, so I was interested to give blue nights a try and was not disappointed. Great Read!

posted by vickytren on November 4, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Absolute drivel.

"Blue Nights" starts out promising, but by chapter two it reads like a diary-turned-novel. Too many question marks, which makes the tone unnecessarily shrill. I hate to say it (because it feels disrespectful to the memory of Ms. Didion's husband and daughter), but the...
"Blue Nights" starts out promising, but by chapter two it reads like a diary-turned-novel. Too many question marks, which makes the tone unnecessarily shrill. I hate to say it (because it feels disrespectful to the memory of Ms. Didion's husband and daughter), but the writing is boring. Definitely do not recommend.

posted by 1024214 on January 16, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Another Didion Classic

    While somewhat similar in tone to "The Year of Magical Thinking", this book felt much more stream-of-consciousness, much more disjointed in places. Still, the magic of Didion's writing and insights shine through, even when it is somewhat muddled. Far from linear, it jumps back and forth in time, sometimes repeating stories, just in a slightly different context or at a slightly different angle. It's hard to tell if the somewhat disjointed nature of this book is the result of a mother's grief, Didion's advancing age, or a combination of the two.

    Still, as I said, the magic of her writing shines through. I definitely recommend the book - just don't expect a straight point A to point Z narrative

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Wonderful

    I read The Year of Magical Thinking five times. I just finished Blue Nights. It was amazing. Didion's commentary on her grief over poor Quintana's passing and her commentary on aging are genuine and forthright. I cannot imagine having the strength to face what she faced in such a short time. Yet she faces her struggles honestly and head on. I hope I have her courage and sense of self when and if I make it to 76 or 77.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Joan Didion at her best.

    This was a quick read because it had such continuity that I didn't want to put it down. She shares the emotions and thoughts that most of us have when losing those close to us. Sadness without bitterness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Beautifully written. Couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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