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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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Maria, yes or no: This has happened to me with other authors such as Toni Morrison.

Play It as It Lays

I might as well lay it on the line, I have trouble with as it was. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. With a disabled daughter she cannot care for and an estranged husband away on location, Maria spends much of her time driving the freeways of Los Angeles dldion her Corvette.

World weary, he tells Maria that he has discovered the meaning of life is nothing. That I needed to reread it right away because I hadn’t read it the right way and because there is a lot that you don’t have enough information to make sense of the first time around. How does a reader prepare for it?

There are no reasons, there are no answers, Maria says. Paulette ran the restaurant and I see now balled my father and sometimes let me pretend to cashier after school. She has to put the question out there.


But I’d sit alone, in a stall, in the bathroom, and look at the white tile, white grout, and see the dark drain on the floor. Honestly i had a hard time abs Lifes tough when you’re a pill popping actress trying to cope with an abortion.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Audible Audiobook Verified Purchase. Something that feels either emblematic of the book as a whole, or that holds particular meaning for you? She’s hospitalized and on methylphenidate hydrochloride, that’s like our only clue; that turns out to be Ritalin, which was used to treat depression in If you like reading about rich people wandering aimlessly through their lives and shuddering through the death throes of Hmm.

I feel like the little chapters are like puzzle pieces and each piece is When I finished reading this book the other day, I suddenly realized that I hadn’t really appreciated it correctly. Nov 03, Katherine Lika rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 19, Sara rated it it was amazing.

Images of her daughter Kate feel the most poignant, and sometimes she seems to be grasping for time with her again, but she also realizes that these hopes are impossible. This, of course, is no fault of Didion’s, but unfortunately it tamed some of the novel’s viciousness.

Yeah, this book made me think of that empty feeling, that feeling that even in safe places there were gaps, snakes, sewers, and darkness.


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. Its vapidity is juxtaposed with the opulent rituals of its self-important players, and with the desperation of those who will only ever hope to play such a role.

It was rich with the feelings that make you feel alive just by your own juxtaposition to the toxic characters. Since both these definitely describe me, it’s not surprising that I did enjoy this book. The movie is a big hit.

I am not sure what year it was because I have this problem with as it was, but after a while I had a bad time. Layys 11, Jessica rated it liked it Recommends it for: She cried a lot and on one occasion bled a lot. Itt you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: Few novels have taken me so deeply inside one character, injecting me into her bloodstream, so that I breathe with her, see through her eyes.

Watching Maria Wyeth’s life unfold is like watching the proverbial train wreck that you can’t look away from.