Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1968 - Literary Collections - 238 pages
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Universally acclaimed when it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has become a modern classic. More than any other book of its time, this collection captures the mood of 1960s America, especially the center of its counterculture, California. These essays, keynoted by an extraordinary report on San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, all reflect that, in one way or another, things are falling apart, "the center cannot hold." An incisive look at contemporary American life, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for several decades as a stylistic masterpiece.

Contents:

I. LIFE STYLES IN THE GOLDEN LAND
Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream
John Wayne: A Love Song
Where the Kissing Never Stops
Comrade Laski, C.P.U.S.A. (M.-L.)
7000 Romaine, Los Angeles 38
California Dreaming
Marrying Absurd
Slouching Towards Bethlehem

II. PERSONALS
On Keeping a Notebook
On Self-Respect
I Can't Get That Monster out of My Mind
On Morality
On Going Home

III. SEVEN PLACES OF THE MIND
Notes from a Native Daughter
Letter from Paradise, 21 19' N., 157 52' W
Rock of Ages
The Seacoast of Despair
Guaymas, Sonora
Los Angeles Notebook
Goodbye to All That

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The best nonfiction prose. - Goodreads
I found her writing style too choppy and boring. - Goodreads
extraordinary pose of storytelling - Goodreads
Exquisite prose, illustrative and occasionally jarring. - Goodreads
YAAAAWWWWNNNN. Writing was way self-indulgent. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

The first half - pieces of reporting from mid-1960's California and Nevada - is perfect. With spare and exacting prose, Didion examines what she calls the "atomization" of Post-War US culture. She ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

I must admit that I was ready to give up on this collection less than halfway through. The pieces included in the journalistic-themed "Life Styles in the Golden Land" section included some that were ... Read full review

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About the author (1968)

Joan Didion is the author of five novels and six works of nonfiction: Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Miami, Salvador, After Henry, and Political Fictions. She lives in New York City.

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