Wednesday, October 5, 2005

A Year of Magical Thinking

The NYT reviews an utterly depressing book from writer Joan Didion on two tragedies that occurred within 5 days of each other:
  • The illness of her daughter, Quintana
  • The sudden heart attack and death of her husband, John, five days later

Per the article:
"Life changes fast," Ms. Didion would write a day or two later. "Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends."

Aaah, poor lady!

In her devastating new book, "The Year of Magical Thinking," Ms. Didion writes about the year she spent trying to come to terms with what happened that terrible December, a year she says that "cut loose any fixed idea I had ever had about death, about illness, about probability and luck, about good fortune and bad, about marriage and children and memory, about grief, about the ways in which people do and do not deal with the fact that life ends, about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself."

Something to add to my reading list, although it sounds like it will mirror 102 Minutes in its feeling of tragedy...