The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion

The Year of Magical Thinking

By Joan Didion

  • Release Date: 2005-10-04
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Book: The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 233 Ratings)

The Year of Magical Thinking Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The Year of Magical Thinking is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

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  • A truly magical read

    This is the first Didion book I have read and I look forward to reading more. While I knew the outcome for both John and Q (I had seen the documentary), I was riveted by her account of them. For me, her matter-of-fact writing style underscored the impossible task of describing such an immense loss and its aftermath. Much like parenthood, you have no idea what the death of a loved one is like until you experience it for yourself. Didion does a remarkable and brave job of bringing that experience to life for her reader.
  • Insightful but not enough storytelling...

    By Vikki40
    While there were nuggets of wisdom that resonated with me and that I will take with me, this was not a story with a clear begging and end. It seemed more of a fact telling timeline devoid of the emotion that was so obviously left out. More of a clinical approach to death. I did not feel the warmth I should have felt at the loss of someone so near and dear to her life. Maybe that was her therapy....
  • Very relatable

    By Long legion
    A book that in less professional hands could have been tiresome. However this is written by a wonderfully gifted author that knows how to relate her very personal feelings to the reader without being maudlin. Brought back a lot of my own feelings from when my mother died. Easily read and easily relatable

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