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L' anno del pensiero magico (2005)

di Joan Didion

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[In this book, the author] explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage - and a life, in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later - the night before New Year's Eve - the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This ... book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself." -Dust jacket.… (altro)
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Inglese (253)  Svedese (2)  Norvegese (2)  Spagnolo (1)  Olandese (1)  Danese (1)  Francese (1)  Tutte le lingue (261)
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Great writing.
So much pain.
But also so, so much privilege.
  indeedox | Jul 8, 2022 |
As a recent widow, I found a great deal I could relate to in this book -- more than in many other more positive discussions of grief. There is nothing positive about grief or loss, something that Didion makes crystal clear. Also, grief and loss cloud our thinking, they are painful, and they erode our sense of self. Didion's style is cool and analytic. What she has to say does not offer much comfort of the "it will get better" variety, but it does give this reader at least a sense of not being alone in a flood of emotion. Why not five stars? The book is so cool, so understated, that it leaves a sense of something missing. ( )
2 vota annbury | Jun 10, 2022 |
Bitvis intressant och gripande. Bitvis långtråkig och oerhört upprepande och gnällig. ( )
  Mikael.Linder | May 15, 2022 |
I listened to this audiobook which definitely lessened my enjoyment of it. The narration was a lot faster, crisper, and more articulate than Didion's speaking voice, which made it feel a lot colder than I know it was intended. I also didn't love the non-linear storytelling, but I also believe it served a purpose since Didion's thinking wasn't linear at all while she was grieving. As the title so kindly puts it, her thinking was "magical."

Throughout this book Didion describes the almost delusional, irrational, circular thinking she was pushed into by the death of her husband and the illness of her daughter. On the surface she was "a cool customer," meanwhile she believed her husband would come back to her, she sought meaning in things that clearly didn't matter, she obsessively researched, she took personally and grew angry at the most innocuous comments, she became obsessed with time and retracing steps and moments. She wasn't well, she wasn't herself.

This isn't a weepy, hopeful, inspiring account about grief, it's more about the fucked up things your mind can do to you. I'm not sure if Didion's experience is specific to a certain type of woman and situation, but it is so incredibly similar to the grief I've been watching my mom go through this past year. Both are confident, capable women who've been in extremely loving long-term, slightly co-dependent marriages and were genuinely shocked by the death of their husbands. On the surface, they cope well because they're competent and their husbands would expect them to, but if you push a little and peel back the layers, you quickly realize they're suffering from a slight mental illness, one that they'll recover from in time without intervention. But, still, they're not well. Grief has completely distorted their thinking.

This was maybe like a 4-star read for me in terms of enjoyment, but it so accurately described my experience with grief that I really had to bump it up because I think it's something every writer, psychologist and friend of a griever should read. A lot of people say the wrong thing to grievers because they have no idea where a griever's head is at. They believe the griever is the same, rational person they were before the death, but it's just not the case. That's what this book is about and Didion did a really fine job with it.https://www.librarything.com/work/2568271/book/215197120# ( )
  tanyaferrell | Apr 8, 2022 |
From Amazon: " 'Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.' These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years. The weeks and months that followed 'cut loose any fixed idea I had about death, about illness, about probability and luck...about marriage and children and memory...about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself.' In The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion explores with electric honesty and passion a private yet universal experience. Her portrait of a marriage, and a life, in good times and bad, will speak directly to anyone who has ever loved a husband, a wife, or a child.
  St-Johns-Episcopal | Mar 30, 2022 |
Essayistic and concise, seeking external points of comparison, trying to set her case in some wider context.
aggiunto da KayCliff | modificaNew York Review of Books, Julian Barnes (Apr 7, 2011)
 
aggiunto da melmore | modificaLondon Review of Books, Michael Wood (sito a pagamento) (Jan 5, 2006)
 
The book is, as promised, extraordinary. The Year of Magical Thinking is raw, brutal, compact, precise, immediate, literate, and, given the subject matter, astonishingly readable.
aggiunto da melmore | modificaSlate.com, Peter D. Kramer (Oct 17, 2005)
 
Though the material is literally terrible, the writing is exhilarating and what unfolds resembles an adventure narrative: a forced expedition into those "cliffs of fall" identified by Hopkins.
 
The Year of Magical Thinking , though it spares nothing in describing Didion's confusion, grief and derangement, is a work of surpassing clarity and honesty. It may not provide "meaning" to her husband's death or her daughter's illness, but it describes their effects on her with unsparing candor. It was not written as a self-help handbook for the bereaved but as a journey into a place that none of us can fully imagine until we have been there.
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Joan Didionautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Caruso, BarbaraNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Jonkheer, ChristienTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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[In this book, the author] explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage - and a life, in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later - the night before New Year's Eve - the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This ... book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself." -Dust jacket.

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