South and West: From a Notebook Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 7 March 2017
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“South and West: From a Notebook reveals the author at her most fascinatingly unfiltered, recording folksy vernacular at a motel pool, having G & Ts with Walker Percy, and searching fruitlessly for Faulkner’s grave in an Oxford cemetery…her riffs on everything from Gertrude Atherton to crossing the Golden Gate bridge for the first time in three-inch heels captures the thrill of a writer discovering her richest subject: the American mythologies that governed her own romantic girlhood, a yearning for an MGM-style heritage that never really was—a yearning that feels freshly perilous in its delusions.”
—Megan O’Grady, Vogue
“There’s a universal rule against reading someone else’s diary—but in this case, it’s not just OK, it’s required reading.”
“The power of [Didion’s] work—her ability to precisely articulate feelings, atmosphere, and undercurrents, [is] on striking display in this slender volume…Didion’s notes are remarkably polished and slicing in their response to place, conversations overheard and instigated, perceptions of social attitudes, and detection of hypocrisy, irony, and injustice; they shimmer with dark implications. A book for her many avid readers, and anyone interested in the mysterious process of writing.”
“Here are many of the splendid, sharp-eyed sentences for which [Didion] has long been admired…her observations are classics: a man with a shotgun shooting pigeons on a street in a Mississippi town; a comment about the fierce heat: ‘all movement seemed liquid.’ An almost spectral text haunted by a past that never seems distant.”
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- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524732796
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524732790
- Product Dimensions : 12.19 x 1.78 x 19.3 cm
- Item Weight : 227 g
- Publisher : Knopf (7 March 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #166,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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