Friday, March 15, 2013
Blue Nights by Joan Didion
I listened to Blue Nights as an audiobook and was no less enthralled by her writing as she tells the story of adoption, motherhood, family, and a thoughtful examination of her own frailty and aging. If I had any complaint, though, it would be her use of repetition throughout the book. There were names, places, events, that she referred to in full again and again, almost assuming we might need to remember that the hospital Quintana was born in was the one in Santa Monica. Once we've heard it a couple of times, we don't really need to have it placed again. There was a dream Quintana used to have as a young child, too, that was referred to over and over again, about the 'Broken Man'. I didn't really get why this was brought up as much as it was, but I can hardly fault her as it seems what we are really reading is her private means of remembering, never wanting to let go of the details of a loved one. She is allowing the reader inside what is usually a very private process.