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Very focused on California itself - I have read about 7 of her books and must say this one has been the only one so far that I found difficult to read. Don’t get me wrong it’s Joan Didion and I love it and will read it until the end, it just to make you aware that is it extremely focused on California and politics of that time.
Dans un américain accessible pour qui a un niveau d'anglais moyen (moyen +), une découverte de la vraie Amérique, celle des gens ordinaires, qui révèle l'histoire de l'Amérique et l'héritage qu'en ont des gens ordinaires.
If you are from California (born and raised -- even after WWII --if you read it, you will know what I mean, you will find truth in much of this book. If you are not a Californian by birth, or came in 70s or later -- it might not mean much.
This book felt to me like a very good tour of the state in its early days, mixed in with a good dollop of communal guilt over a Paradise lost and the persistent joy of a Paradise found. The history might not be as captivating as some other places in the country, but the toil and turmoil and the heart and soul is deep and real. Joan Didion reports what she knew and knows and allows you to come to your own conclusions, and that’s what I love about her. No story per say, but highly recommended if you want to get a feeling for what this state was and is all about.
This is a fascinating book. First, Joan is a great writer. I don't pretend to be able to relate to her as a person, but she's just a fabulous writer. Since reading "The Year of Magical Thinking" I've been trying to read everything she's written.
Loved reading about her family history and the history of other pioneers. Despite California's reputation as a state of free-thinkers and rugged individualists, it's actually a state based on land-grabbing, borrowed water, borrowed time and heavily subsidized industries.
(I realize the same could be said of many other places.)
I think most natives of California would appreciate this perspective, and those who aren't from the Golden State will also find something of interest because her descriptions of how places change over time are so poignant.