I have known about Joan Didion for a long time, but never read her. After this book I will checkout other books by her. But this narrator is gold! I could listen to her all day.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
This is a hard book, but so beautifully done that I feel I grow as a human being every time I read it or listen to it. I love the audio version. Joan Didion reflects so well on the little things that make up this big thing called life. Thank you for this brave memoir.
I'm honestly torn between if I liked the book or not. I loved the concept and content of what she writes, however, there's a lot of unnecessary filler in the book. When she is on topic, like chapter 18, she is great, but when she isn't, she is all over the place. Talking about random anecdotes of the past and regurgitating the same sentiments. The melancholy feels incessant to the point of just wanting the book to end sooner than what it did.
This is one of those titles that sucks you in with positive reviews and a decent story, but then you wish you didn't use a credit to purchase :) The writing and narration of this book is excellent. I just didn't like it. I couldn't relate to all of the name-dropping in the book, I am not of the literary/screenplay writing world, so I did not know anyone mentioned. I had to even google the author and her husband to see why they were famous. They live a rich lifestyle, with a home on each coast, travel around the world, dinner parties every week and I just couldn not seem to connect to the story. I am a middle class professional, highly educated who has only one home and travels once or twice a year. I still have an hour to go, I will finish because I don't like to leave a story untold. I could relate to the parts about grief and her references to research about grief, yet most of it is a memoir of her life which got a bit boring. I used the forward 30 second button throughout this one. The writing and narration are excellent, it just wasn't for me.
Written with all the emotions involved in trying to live with the death of a spouse. And on top of that, dealing with a critically ill daughter. Amazing that the author could write about such traumatic events in her life.
This beautifully written and artfully narrated first person memoir delivered what the title promised: a reflection of truly magical thinking.
I began listening to it as my father lay ill after a long and active life. During the course of my listening, I worked on domestic tasks and painting in my studio. These tasks help me concentrate, and I knew that I needed to concentrate, to learn from Joan...for days ahead.
I finished The Year of Magical Thinking about a week after my dad's funeral and while waiting for my mother to return from a short stay with my sister. By hearing Joan's progress, I feel that I can help my mother begin hers.
An amazing narrative by Joan Didion and the process of grief on her husbands dead. It literally make me change the way I live my life.
The only flaw is the horrible music at the end of each chapter. It totally screws up the narration and the felling of the text.