Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) [Joan Didion, David Thomson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A ruthless dissection of. PLAY IT AS IT LAYS is a quick hypnotic novel, from literary legend, Joan Didion. You won’t be able to look away from this beautiful disaster. Joan Didion (novel), Joan Didion (screenplay) | 1 more credit» Tuesday Weld and Jennifer Lesko in Play It As It Lays () Tuesday Weld in Play It As It Lays .

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Normally I just want books about poor, poor rich people to spare me, but this one worked by never losing sight of the fact that these hedonists were constantly digging their own holes. It is one of those novels that is near perfect and also a razor blade under your tongue.

Joan Didion’s prose matters.

I read this in a single day, which seems to be the way to go, in and around train rides, industrial voids, an encounter with the police, and a barbecue. Didion intreccia i plxy di vista: I remember when I was four being uoan afraid of our church’s bathroom. Diary of a Mad Housewife Articles that may contain uoan research from February All articles that may contain original research Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Wyeth is a thirty-one year old, somewhat failed actress, married to, and then divorced from Carter, a film director. That was a mesmerising part of this book. But in the spiritual desert of s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life. And that encourages a certain way of reading, maybe. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


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It matters a hell of a lot. You might ask that. My name is Maria Wyeth. What caused you to pick up Play It As It Lays for the first time, and what was that initial read like for you? Something that feels either emblematic of the book as a whole, or that holds particular meaning for you? I found her entire lifestyle terrifying. Actually, hell, the book could be F. Since the “day o’ horror” I have had to create a new “pretty” story every night “to get THAT face” out of her head.

Nothingness lies at the heart of everything and everyone here, chilling even when constrained by ostensibly ordinary events. Aug 03, Jason Coleman rated it really liked it. Didion, who went through a breakdown herself and famously reprinted one of her diagnoses in The White Albumis depicting an unstable ego: I remember nothing about this book. About a year ago I found an old edition someplace with this enormous and brain-numbingly awesome picture of Didion with her cigarette and legendarily icy, ironical stare.

I could see this all ending soon because she was so morose that her mood permeated the whole movie set. So full of excess truth that it shoots across the page more as a prophecy than a novel. The answer is ‘nothing. It’s hostile in that you’re trying to make somebody see something the way you see it, trying to impose your idea, your picture. The night my mother ran the car off the highway outside Tonopah I was with a drunk rich boy at the old Morocco, as close as I could figure later: Jul 19, Sara rated it it was amazing.


You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. During summer vacation on Fire Island, three young people–a girl and two guys–become so close that they form a sort-of threesome. Which author could possibly begin a novel with the words: Didion is, however, an incredible writer.

Those are the facts.

Nicholas Rombes on Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays

A beautiful book that you can finish in one sitting. Joan Didion Group Read?

She lives in New York City. It isn’t one I’m going to recommend to you or you or you. One daughter, age four. How could I answer? So here she is wrenching around your mind in a basically hostile bummer of a book.

Joan Didion’s prose just might be one reason to keep living. Where is the Darwinian logic there. Her hair was still rummaged from my fingers. It just so happens that several years ae I was asked to teach a class at my university that I had not taught before: She is married to an unfaithful, self-engrossed director, Carter Lane.