Democracy

Democracy

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by Joan Didion
     
 

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Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency. Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's father is a murderer. And, in 1975, the year in which much of this bitterly

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Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency. Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's father is a murderer. And, in 1975, the year in which much of this bitterly funny novel is set, America is doing its best to lose track of its one-time client, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South Vietnam.As conceived by Joan Didion, these personages and events constitute the terminal fallout of democracy, a fallout that also includes fact-finding junkets, senatorial groupies, the international arms market, and the Orwellian newspeak of the political class. Moving deftly from Honolulu to Jakarta, between romance, farce, and tragedy, Democracy is a tour de force from a writer who can dissect an entire society with a single phrase.

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A gem . . . a beautifully composed story that moves with effortless authority and becomes astonishingly moving. . . . Stirring and memorable." —Newsday"Striking, provocative, and brilliantly written." —The Atlantic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679754855
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
389,913
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1934
Place of Birth:
Sacramento, California
Education:
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1956

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Democracy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ry led SL to thrive, I vote for Ry. All those who oppose him will die by my hand at the flick of his wrist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mascon. Duh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ry or Brittania (Mascon)?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written and cleverly crafted story. Didion's storytelling style is unique and quickly becomes engrossing. This is a must read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was constructed very choppy, and sort of hard to follow. But the premise ends up making sense to the reader. The story is a sorted tale of a U.S. Senator's wife and her family and 'friends'. She is the center of public attention and a lush at all the social functions. There is a hidden clue that Inez, the wife, has a taste for painters in her life and is the rumor weed in the New York high life. I had to read this for a Government class, but i found no Democracy in it at all as the title would prove false. The story is loosely based on the Vietnam war ending but has no direct link to the war or it's happenings. I thought novel as a whole was crafty in title to attract readers and kept them with the love story that was witty and scandelous.