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Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Modern Library) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. Juni 2000


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Modern Library (6. Juni 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0679640266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679640264
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,1 x 12,6 x 2,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (7 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.901.453 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"A slant vision that is arresting and unique . . . Didion might be an observer from another planet--one so edgy and alert that she ends up knowing more about our own world than we know ourselves."
        --Anne Tyler

"The story between the lines of Slouching Towards Bethlehem is surely not so much 'California' as it is [Didion's] ability to make us share her passionate sense of it."
        --Alfred Kazin

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This collection of essays takes the reader on a psychological tour of the intense, wayward, violent, not a little crazy America of the 1960s. Surfers, students, deadheads and druggies; Joan Baez, Dean Martin, Howard Hughes and John Wayne - all emerge from Didion's gaze just that little bit weirder, that little bit more American. Joan Didion has also written "Sentimental Journeys" and "The White Album". -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Von Ein Kunde am 12. Oktober 1998
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Officials meet in Salinas, California, to determine if the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence, owned by Joan Baez, is "detrimental to the peace, morals, or general welfare of Monterey County." Down in Santa Barbara, a group of men gather on the edge of the Pacific Ocean to "clarify the basic issues" with "high-powered" talk ("Is there any evidence that living in a violent age enoucarages violence?" one man asks. "I think it's the Westerns on television," another responds. "I tend [pause] to agree," was the thoughtful reply). This is California and America in the Sixties as seen by one of the best writers and journalists we have, Joan Didion. Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a must-read for any journalism student or anyone who wants a fun and thoughtful point of view. The "news" that is contained in the book is no longer current, but it doesn't matter. The facts of her stories aren't the most important aspects of them. Didion was concerned with the truths or messages behind the stories. While "news" can be as relevant as a day old daily newspaper is current, the stories Didion found a generation ago have their counterparts in today's society. They still apply. I have heard that nothing specific can be learned from the general, but we can learn about the general from the specific. Joan Didion doesn't waste our time with many generalities. She cuts to the specifics. She gives us details - often humorous, absurd, or pathetic. And she delivers them well. This makes Slouching Toward's Bethlehem worth reading. Consider her description of a Las Vegas wedding night: "The marriage had just taken place; the bride still wore her dress, the mother her corsage.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Joan Didon presents each and every side of a confused generation lost in a power struggle. Didon offers equal time to every part of the sixties counter-culture: presenting the stories of way-word wives, run-away brides, peacifistic celebrities, and pseudo-intellectuals in a sensitive, unbiased, and highly human light. But, her most sensitive works are those that temper her individual and unique perspectives; a series of essays that offer insights into the depths of the essayist's own sole. Highly readable and well worth the invested time and finance. In all honesty, perhaps the most enjoyable required reading I have encountered this year.
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Von Ein Kunde am 22. November 1998
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"Goodbye to All That," the closer in this collection of essays, is a commanding and haunting piece of prose. When she was 20, Didion moved from Sacramento to Manhattan, and this piece captures her initial enchantment with her new life and new city and, eventually, her growing disillusionment. But this is not just another coming of age tale, for the prose--in its sparseness, clarity, cadence, its sense of *purpose*--is first rate. Didion recalls in these pages a tumultuous time in her life, and although she comes across as a shy girl of fragile mind and weak constitution, her words are fearless. Worth the price of the book alone.
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Von Debby am 22. Dezember 1999
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"Goodbye to All That" is the most electrifying essay I have ever read and I read quite a lot. I am not at all surprised to see that the AP (read: high school) student did not see the value in this collection: the central theme seems to be disillusionment which is less common among teenagers. The cost of this book is literally nothing if it brings you even 1% of the magic and connection that it has brought me over the nearly 7 years that I have owned a copy. Didion is my hero! Now stop reading this review and go read the essay! :)
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