Sunday, 19 February 2012

TALLAWAH BOOK CLUB: Joan Didion reads from Blue Nights

WISE WORDS: Didion's masterful prose takes the spotlight.

From one of the world’s most powerful contemporary writers, Joan Didion’s memoir Blue Nights is a work of stunning candour about losing a daughter. Richly textured with snippets of her own childhood and married life with husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, the book examines the author’s thoughts, fears and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old.

In the clip below, directed by Dunne, Didion (The Year of Magical Thinking) reads hauntingly from the book’s second chapter, affirming the beauty and precision of her prose, as well as the loss, grief and pain at the core of the narrative.

Blue Nights is TALLAWAH’s Book Club selection for February 2012.

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