Where I Was from MP3 CD – Import, 12 July 2016
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- Item Weight : 99 g
- Product dimensions : 16.51 x 1.59 x 13.97 cm
- ISBN-13 : 978-1522682226
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance audio; Unabridged edition (12 July 2016)
- Language: : English
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Speaking for myself, I generally read a section of this work, first thing in the morning, while I sip a cup of coffee, before anyone else is up, with no other distractions of any kind. It is precisely the way I read the work of my absolute favorite author, George Eliot. I also do parallel reading whenever Miss Didion discusses persons, subjects, or incidents with whom I am unfamiliar. In that context it takes me significantly more time to read a work such as this than its length would otherwise suggest.
As described above, Joan Didion mixes a history of her family and her own life, with a history of California. The other work of hers that this reminds me the most of is "Sloughing Towards Bethlehem". Also, within this work, she refers to another work of hers, which happens to be my favorite novel of hers, "Run, River". Again that is a slow moving, thoughtful work of fiction. Personally I am glad that I happened to read "Run, River" before I read this work. Another reader might wish to reverse that sequence.
In summary, I completely loved this work. I mostly do not travel in literary circles. However I have had some readers inform me that they only really enjoy lighter reading experiences, whether it be fiction or non fiction. I completely and truly respect that fact and am glad to know it. I prefer an eclectic mixture of books. I only mention this in case one enjoys strictly lighter reading, one might not be as enthralled with this work as I am. Thank You for taking the time to read this review.