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Synopsis: Upon its publication in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem confirmed Joan Didion as one of the most prominent writers on the literary scene. Her unblinking vision and deadpan tone have influenced subsequent generations of reporters and essayists, changing our expectations of style, voice, and the artistic possibilities of nonfiction.
"In her portraits of people," The New York Times Book Review wrote, "Didion is not out to expose but to understand, and she shows us actors and millionaires, doomed brides and naïve acid-trippers, left-wing ideologues and snobs of the Hawaiian aristocracy in a way that makes them neither villainous nor glamorous, but alive and botched and often mournfully beautiful. . . . A rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country."
In essay after essay, Didion captures the dislocation of the 1960s, the disorientation of a country shredding itself apart with social change. Her essays not only describe the subject at hand--the murderous housewife, the little girl trailing the rock group, the millionaire bunkered in his mansion--but also offer a broader vision of America, one that is both terrifying and tender, ominous and uniquely her own.
Joyce Carol Oates has written, "Joan Didion is one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe. Her powerful irony is often sorrowful rather than clever. . . . She has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control."
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"A slant vision that is arresting and unique . . . Didion might be an observer from another planet--one so edgy and alert that she ends up knowing more about our own world than we know ourselves."
"The story between the lines of Slouching Towards Bethlehem is surely not so much 'California' as it is [Didion's] ability to make us share her passionate sense of it."
Title: Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Modern Library)
Book Condition: Acceptable
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008406471
Book Description Modern Library, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0679640266
Book Description Modern Library. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2798999895
Book Description Modern Library. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have creases on the cover and binding caused from handling and reading. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2811952179
Book Description Modern Library 2000-06-06, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: good. Modern Library ed. 0679640266. Bookseller Inventory # 659489
Book Description Modern Library, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Hardcover in Pristine condition First Edition and First Printing with number Line to 1. Only a small smudge to top corner paper edge side not visible on pages. I'll be happy to supply photo before purchase is finalized - This mark doesn't resemble a remainder mark. Dust Jacket is As New and protected in Brodart Jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 000988
Book Description Modern Library, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020679640266
Book Description Modern Library, 2000. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Book and dust jacket in excellent, unmarked condition. Price unclipped from jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 020140
Book Description Modern Library, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Bookseller Inventory # P010679640266
Book Description Modern Library, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110679640266