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Democracy Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency Her husband s handler would like the press to forget that Inez s father is a murderer And, in , the year in which much of this bitterly funny novel is set, America is doing its best to lose track of its one time client, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South VietnamAs conceived by Joan Didion, these personages and events constitute the terminal fallout of democracy, a fallout that also includes fact finding junkets, senatorial groupies, the international arms market, and the Orwellian newspeak of the political class Moving deftly from Honolulu to Jakarta, between romance, farce, and tragedy, Democracy is a tour de force from a writer who can dissect an entire society with a single phrase

10 thoughts on “Democracy

  1. says:

    Damn, so many of the reviews for this book are terrible I kind of want to get a gazillion votes for this review just so that it will come before some of the nonsense in the other reviews Any talk of post modernism or meta fiction or there being too many cha

  2. says:

    At first sight the words charm and harm differ in one letter only but the contrast in their meaning is dramatic Strangely enough, Democracy by Joan Didion has charmed me and harmed me at the same time Democracy has charmed me The first thing that enchanted m

  3. says:

    When I first read this book in 1984 I was absolutely staggered Immediately, I flipped back to the beginning and read it again I m sure I ve read it a couple oftimes since, and this latest re read has merely confirmed that this must be my all time favorite boo

  4. says:

    The first meeting of Inez Christian and Jack Lovett at the ballet the beginning of Lovett s grave attraction that would last over twenty years is the sexiest scene I ve read in a while Cissy Christian smoking a cigarette in her white jade holder Inez, wearing

  5. says:

    Structurally this book sort of demolished my mind I m in awe.

  6. says:

    At nearly the halfway point the Intermission of Democracy Didion, in a meta moment warns or reminds the reader with I am resisting narrative here She s not lying Actually, the reader is placed on notice as early as chapter 2 where the author seems triggered by s

  7. says:

    This is a novel about memory, personal and political It is a masterpiece Democracy is Joan Didion s fourth novel, preceded by Run River, Play It As It Lays and A Book of Common Prayer It was published in 1984 The novel takes place between Honolulu and Jakarta at

  8. says:

    As much as I am a fan of Slouching Toward Bethlehem, I think that this is my favorite Joan Didion book It presumes so much on the part of the reader that we already know about the intricacies of the characters lives and the underbelly of the Vietnam War, andso, th

  9. says:

    I don t usually mind when writers insert themselves into their own work I generally like postmodern fiction metafiction I also appreciate it when an author intentionally plays with the traditional linear narrative, when plot is not beginning, middle, and end , in t

  10. says:

    This book is so strange, but if you re a writer you should read it.

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