Friday, July 1, 2011

Beginning ~ at the speed of life

The Year of Magical Thinking ~ by Joan Didion, 2005, memoir, 8/10
Life changes fast.
Life changes in the instant.
You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.
The question of self-pity.
I like this beginning, which she repeats several times in various chapters.  It's true that we never know from moment to moment what may happen to us.  For example, my 45-year-old father died in a traffic accident on the first night of a new job delivering mail from city to city — he and the driver of the 18-wheeler got only two blocks (and were thus still in Chattanooga) before a car crashed into them from a side street.

The timing may have been right for me, just after the death of my former husband, and I read right through this book.  Didion's situation was different, of course, and I didn't need "magical thinking" to survive the year afterwards — or in my case, two or three weeks so far.  But I could relate.

Rated:  8 of 10, a good book.

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Helen's Book Blog said...

I am glad you liked this (and I often think timing has a huge role when we like or don't like a book). I tried this one years ago and just couldn't do it!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I am now curious about this one! Hi Bonnie happy fourth! :)

Beth said...

I read this book, too, Bonnie, and could also relate, though I've never (thank God) lost a husband.

I'm very sorry about the loss of your father and your former husband.