Book Review ~ The Year of Magical Thinking (Was It Really THAT Magical?)

The Year of Magical ThinkingOctober’s book was “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion.  I finished it last week and though the story was a good one, the “magical thinking” aspect did not really grab me.  I understand that it was more of a way for the author to record the most terrible year of her life and recount the thoughts and actions that kept her going.  I can’t imagine having such tragedies hit so close together (though her daughter did survive). 

I wasn’t a big fan of the author’s writing style and had a hard time staying with parts of the book.  I would be interested in seeing the play of this book.  To hear the words and see the actress would probably make the tale a bit more meaningful to me. 

I suppose you might think that I didn’t like this book.  I did relate to the part about John believing that they weren’t having any fun.  I believe that if you don’t try to make the best of everyday, be it get your to-do list done, take a moment to enjoy the breeze, play with the family pet or enjoy a few pages of your book that one day you will wonder where your life went.  What did I really do?  I will keep it on my shelf and if tragedy affects my life I will hopefully find the words to be helpful in the way that the author intended them. 

I’m curious to know what you thought of this book.  Please share your review and thoughts on “The Year of Magical Thinking”.  Good, bad, bored, loved it, whatever. 

And the October Book Is….

The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion with 58% of the vote.  This is a true story written by a woman about the year following the death of her husband.  I have had a copy of this book on my shelf for a few months now and am looking forward to reading it with you. 

This book was recently made into a play that is playing on Broadway staring Vanessa Redgrave.  I would love to see this show but being that I live in Okinawa right now, I don’t see that happening.  I also came across an article in the New York Times about this book.  In it the columnist assures us that though the book is about tragic events that occurred in this woman’s family, it is an uplifting and inspiring read. 

I hope you enjoy it.  I also hope that for those of you who voted for one of the other selections this month, that you find the time to read that book too.