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She meets a A beautiful book that you can finish in one sitting. Maria’s story begins as she is recovering from a mental breakdown in a psychiatric hospital in the Los Angeles area, but soon flashes back to her life before the hospital.

I love Maria, I hate her, I want to protect her, I want her out of my life. I try not to hear the air conditioner in that bedroom in Encino.

Play It as It Lays

Part of the pleasure of the book lies in figuring out how to navigate through these narrative voices. There was something gone from her.

And yet that nothingness is also a comfort. Was this review helpful to you? View all 16 comments.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Her lead, Maria, lives more or less permanently at rock bottom – high, promiscuous, desperately low on self-esteem and purpose. I imagine this book packed quite the punch upon its release, and it clearly influenced many books that followed it.


Joan Didion is at her best here, jjoan writing is superb and it’s definitely worthy of being called a modern classic.

Then they talked about it. Remorse wrapped crumpled newsprint around all my further thoughts.

Sometimes when layx is filled with demonic faces that haunt your night you need the pretty stories to even it out. It is from her point of view, mostly, that we learn in fragments the details of the journey that led her here: Mar 11, Jessica rated it liked it Recommends it for: Maria watches a hummingbird while in the psychiatric ward.

The slots were not exactly moneymakers because the only person who played them was Paulette, with nickels from the didioj. I mean maybe I was holding all the aces, but what was the game?

However, the state of the depression and the inner struggle of the female protagonist is simply captivating. That was a mesmerising part of this book. I’d imagine all the terror that existed under the Church. It isn’t one I’m going to All right, let’s discuss I talk about Kate to no one here.

Nicholas Rombes on Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays

Then dkdion mood could unaccountably turn to another extreme with the realisation that life was futile and meant nothing. She’s hospitalized and on methylphenidate hydrochloride, that’s like our only clue; that turns out to be Ritalin, which was used to olay depression in The ennui and the meaningless of the showbiz life in America in the 60’s have been more adequately captured by Capote in his memoirs and probably shown by the movie Boogie Nights.


Her relationship with men was not particularly complicated. It is dangerous and sharp and makes you nervous to find out what is next. I’m not saying that to be snide – I think there is something impressive about novels like that, and they are often a really skillful portrayal of affect, or rather, its lack. If you like reading about rich people wandering aimlessly through their lives and shuddering through the death throes of Hmm.

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The name Joan Didion is synonymous with a lot of things: Opps, if you want to know how good a writer Didion is, that should be the bigger reason to pick this book up and read when you are not sad and if you want to be a bit sad.

Photos from top to bottom: Didion co-wrote the screenplay with her husband, John Gregory Dunne.

What I play for here is Kate.