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Democracy 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 , 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 VietnamAs 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

About the Author: Joan Didion

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City She s best known for her novels and her literary journalism Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.

10 thoughts on “Democracy

  1. Greg Greg says:

    Damn, so many of the reviews for this book are terrible I kind of want to get a gazillion votes for this review just so that it will come before some of the nonsense in the other reviews Any talk of post modernism or meta fiction or there being too many characters in this novel there aren t that many,than say the one in certain Beckett works, but le

  2. Jola Jola says:

    At first sight the words charm and harm differ in one letter only but the contrast in their meaning is dramatic Strangely enough, Democracy by Joan Didion has charmed me and harmed me at the same time Democracy has charmed me The first thing that enchanted me instantly was Joan Didion s writing style I ve never experienced anything like that before Th

  3. Mitchell Mitchell says:

    When I first read this book in 1984 I was absolutely staggered Immediately, I flipped back to the beginning and read it again I m sure I ve read it a couple oftimes since, and this latest re read has merely confirmed that this must be my all time favorite book Although I ve been land locked for the past number of years, I am in essence a person of the P

  4. Eric Eric says:

    The first meeting of Inez Christian and Jack Lovett at the ballet the beginning of Lovett s grave attraction that would last over twenty years is the sexiest scene I ve read in a while Cissy Christian smoking a cigarette in her white jade holder Inez, wearing dark glassespinning and repinning a gardenia in her damp hair This is our niece, Inez, Dwight Chr

  5. Kyle Kyle says:

    Structurally this book sort of demolished my mind I m in awe.

  6. Steve Steve says:

    At nearly the halfway point the Intermission of Democracy Didion, in a meta moment warns or reminds the reader with I am resisting narrative here She s not lying Actually, the reader is placed on notice as early as chapter 2 where the author seems triggered by some images from a Wallace Stevens poem toward writing, in a half assed way, a novel But, c ards on

  7. Krystal Krystal says:

    This is a novel about memory, personal and political It is a masterpiece Democracy is Joan Didion s fourth novel, preceded by Run River, Play It As It Lays and A Book of Common Prayer It was published in 1984 The novel takes place between Honolulu and Jakarta at the hemorrhaging end of the Vietnam War It is written as a kind of memoir of Inez Victor, wife of U.

  8. Kim Fay Kim Fay says:

    As much as I am a fan of Slouching Toward Bethlehem, I think that this is my favorite Joan Didion book It presumes so much on the part of the reader that we already know about the intricacies of the characters lives and the underbelly of the Vietnam War, andso, that we care about any of it In this book, Didion does not seem to write at all for the reader She seem

  9. Aaron J. Clark Aaron J. Clark says:

    I don t usually mind when writers insert themselves into their own work I generally like postmodern fiction metafiction I also appreciate it when an author intentionally plays with the traditional linear narrative, when plot is not beginning, middle, and end , in that order Didion does all of those things in Democracy, and she is obviously a talented writer, yet De

  10. M.L. Rio M.L. Rio says:

    This book is so strange, but if you re a writer you should read it.

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