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Democracy by Joan Didion

Democracy (original 1984; edition 2011)

by Joan Didion

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Authors:Joan Didion
Info:Vintage (2011), Kindle Edition, 240 pages
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Tags:American fiction, Hawaii, politics, arms trade

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Democracy by Joan Didion (1984)



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Didion has a wonderful ear for dialogue and this novel, short as it is, manages to touch on some very weighty themes. And, allows us to see ourselves as only others can. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I found this book to be a bit of a political eye-opener. The theme is democracy, viewed from many angles. The timeline is primarily during the Vietnam years and centers on an American family of businessmen and politicians. The novel is more about what Didion sees as the corruptive nature of public service itself. She maintains that ''the assistance effort'' in Vietnam to be ''a specifically commercial enterprise'' and is concerned with ''the whole skein of threads necessary to transfer the phantom business predicated on the perpetuation of the assistance effort.’' I would recommend this book for readers who are interested in the late `60's early `70's era in America. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
Huh? 160 pages later. Huh? I love Joan Didion and respect her unique intelligence but this is one that has no bridge from her mind to mine. ( )
  ronsea | Jan 1, 2016 |
somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars. this is strangely written (both in prose style and in the fact that she inserts herself as author, as didion into the book). for the first 25 or 30 pages that distracted me, then i got over it and found i enjoyed the book much more. i think the title is probably brilliant at all it hints at and all the underlying issues it speaks to. the rest of the book was less so to me, although i enjoyed it. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Apr 2, 2013 |
I agree with Greg (who wrote a review on GR), that the opening of this novel is a beautiful one. Having no idea where the book was going to take me, I had my hopes up and settled for a good read. Not an easy one, but that didn't matter.
When I got a little bit in the style of writing used, I got more and more disappointed though. And at the end there was only one conclusion to draw, being that I didn't like the book. For me it made not much sense, the way it was written. Jumping up and down, back and forth, repeated sentences, it was not my style at all. It made me completely restless, searching for something to cling to, but all was so unfamiliar.

The characters were allright, understandable and, to some extent even likeable. But since the book as a whole didn't really take me along on a journey, had me guessing continuously, I'm afraid that many of the interesting things that were there for sure completely escaped my attention.
Despite the dislike, I'm glad this book came along and that I had a chance to try it. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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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 1975, 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 Vietnam.As 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.

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