Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) [Joan Didion, David Thomson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A ruthless dissection of. PLAY IT AS IT LAYS is a quick hypnotic novel, from literary legend, Joan Didion. You won’t be able to look away from this beautiful disaster. Joan Didion (novel), Joan Didion (screenplay) | 1 more credit» Tuesday Weld and Jennifer Lesko in Play It As It Lays () Tuesday Weld in Play It As It Lays .

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Certain facts, certain things that happened. Having the backdrop and the It’s probably not cricket to give away the last, or nearly last line of a book, but this packs a punch: This, of p,ay, is no fault of Didion’s, but unfortunately it tamed some of the novel’s viciousness.

Play It as It Lays

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Lifes tough when you’re a pill popping actress trying to cope with an abortion. Raised in the ghost town of Silver Wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang.

Set in a place beyond good and evil – literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an ar. Edit Storyline Maria Wyeth, an ex-model and B-movie actress, strolls on the grounds of olay mental hospital, recalling the traumatic events which led to her breakdown.


Although I didn’t exactly relish this book, I did read it in one sitting. See all reviews.

Nicholas Rombes on Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays

From my mother I inherited my looks and a tendency to migraine. Then her mood could unaccountably turn to another extreme with the realisation that life was futile and meant nothing. Well, I didn’t have such a strong reaction to it, but like everything of Ms. There, you will say now, she believed her sins were unpardonable, but I told you, nothing applies.

It’s hostile in that you’re trying to make somebody see something the way you see it, trying to impose your idea, your picture. Maria Wyeth’s story, told in shifting first and close third person, is a 20th century existential tragedy, a sort of American The Strangerin which Maria is Meursault and Los Angeles, Algiers; a psychiatric hospital stands in for a prison; there is a Nevada desert instead of a North African beach. And yet that nothingness is also a comfort.

Published November 15th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published Why not, I say. View all 15 comments.

Nicholas Rombes on Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays

Think that one over. She gets out of the house, she even works some, but little of it seems to register with her: It isn’t one I’m going to recommend to you or you or you. If you love reading literary fiction, sign up didiion the Early Bird Books newsletter koan get the best daily ebook deals delivered straight to your inbox. Like how Capote pictured showbusiness in that era, the characters in this book seem to be living in another planet or maybe the plain-looking me is not born to be aware of how that world operates.


Joan Didion wastes no words. However, the state of the depression and the inner struggle of the female protagonist is simply captivating.

Oh how the reading experience would change just five years later. Carter could not remember the soft down on her spine or he would not let them put needles there. Maria watches a hummingbird while in the psychiatric ward. The novel begins with an internal monologue by the year-old Maria Mar-eye-a Wyeth, followed by short reminiscences of her friend Helene, and ex-husband, film director Carter Lang. Poi entra in scena il narratore e la storia procede fino alla fine affidata alla sua voce, salvo qualche raro intermezzo in prima persona nel quale ritorna il punto di vista di Maria pronuncia Mar-ai-a.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. How could I answer? I see a cock in this inkblot. Colin Winnette admires the writer Nicholas Rombes, so he asked Nicholas to suggest a book.