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Play It As It Lays

Didion, Joan

ISBN 10: 0671435965 / ISBN 13: 9780671435967
Published by Pocket, New York, 1978
Condition: Very Good + Soft cover
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Pocket Book number 43596-5; cover price $2.75; fourth printing. Inscribed and signed in blue ink on the title page by the author: "For G-- / Joan Didion." Book is tight, square, and unmarked; spine has a wrinkle but is uncreased. Faint corner crease to top front wrap, a piece of tape on back wrap. Sleeve-protected. Bookseller Inventory # 000711

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Title: Play It As It Lays

Publisher: Pocket, New York

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

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Synopsis:

A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, from the author of The Last Thing He Wanted and A Book of Common Prayer.

Somewhere out beyond Hollywood, resting actress Maria Wyeth drifts along the freeway in perpetual motion, anaesthetized to pain and pleasure, seemingly untainted by her personal history. She finds herself, in her early thirties, radically divorced from husband, lovers, friends, her own past and her own future.

Play It As It Lays is set in a place beyond good and evil, literally in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and the barren wastes of the Mojave, but figuratively in the landscape of the arid soul. Capturing the mood of an entire generation, Didion chose Hollywood to serve as her microcosm of contemporary society and exposed a culture characterized by emptiness and ennui.

Two decades after its original publication, it remains a profoundly disturbing novel, an immaculately wrought portrait of a world (California on the cusp of the 70s) where too much freedom made a lot of people ill.

Review:

‘There hasn’t been another American writer of Joan Didion’s quality since Nathanael West. She writes with a razor.’
John Leonard, New York Times

‘A stunning, hypnotically readable novel.’
Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News

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