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Where I Was From by [Joan Didion]

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Where I Was From Kindle Edition

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Length: 134 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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From The New Yorker

For four decades, Didion has written in masterly fashion about the contradictions of California culture. In this book, she casts an arctic eye on recent phenomena—the Rodney King riots, the Spur Posse—and on her own upbringing in the Sacramento area. Her great-great-grandparents "crossed" to California in the eighteen-hundreds, and she was brought up on wistful recollections of the past. Her family lived in dark houses, ate with tarnished silver, dressed her in "an eccentric amount of black," and prized anything that was "old." Along with a recipe for India relish and a green-and-red calico appliqué, she inherited a view that California had been spoiled. And yet "the logical extension of this thought, that we were the people who had spoiled it, remained unexplored." Addressing her own confusion about the place, she identifies the settler imperative—"the past could be jettisoned, children buried and parents left behind"—in the fact that her birthplace is now "a hologram that dematerializes as I drive through it."
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"Compelling. . . . A love song to the place where her family has lived for generations, but a love song full of questions and doubts." - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"An arresting amalgam of memoir and historical timeline. . . . Exquisitely crafted, as subtle as the slow waking from a pleasant dream." - The Baltimore Sun

"One beautiful sentence follows another. . . . This is a book about history, about what we learn from genealogy and history books, novels and old newspapers, and how we square all that with what we see around us. . . . Didion has remained a clearheaded and original writer all her long life." - Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

"Succinct and quite beautiful. . . . Its rewards are many. If anyone needs further confirmation that she is one of the finest essayists currently at work, this book will nail it." - The Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer

"One of the most recognizable - and brilliant - literary styles to emerge in America during the past four decades. . . . [Didion is] a great American writer." - The New York Times Book Review

"Didion has written a brave little book . . . a fine book that must be read with as much care it was written. . . . [Didion is] an implacably honest writer." - Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"Valediction and elegy alike, Where I Was From is a storm-tossed book. Its history is dense . . . its prose sharp, direct and chiseled." - The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Eloquent, spare, and rendered without sentiment." - Boston Globe

"[Didion is] a latter-day Walt Whitman, singing of America by singing of herself." - Slate.com

"Joan Didion is a brilliant explicator of the American political and cultural consciousness." - Rocky Mountain News

"Many of us have tried, and failed, to master [Didion's] gift for the single ordinary deflating word, the word that spins an otherwise flat sentence through five degrees of irony. But her sentences could only be hers." - Michael Gorra, Chicago Tribune

"[A] fascinating, informative, obscure - and yes, moving - little book." - San Jose Mercury News

"A bracing mix of personal and public history." - Benjamin Kunkel, Newsday

"Odd, elliptical and ultimately revealing. . . . Didion discovers the exact locus where geography and personal journey intersect, and has produced a work as compelling and enigmatic as its subjects." - Time Out New York

"Where I Was From is a beautifully written and intensely personal tome. . . . One of the country's most intelligent writers . . . Ms. Didion's prose is like a razor cutting straight to the bone." - New York Sun

"[Didion's] appraisal is cool, her eye is sharp, and her turn of phrase is wicked." - Time

"How odd that bad news can be so much fun to read. Her essays are as sinewy as her novels, written in the same ice-pick/laser-beam prose." - Harper's --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 257 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 134 pages
  • Publisher : Fourth Estate (24 June 2010)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • ASIN : B00457WTBC
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 89 ratings
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