Play it as it Lays

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Flamingo, 1998 - Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - 213 pages
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A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader. Set in a place beyond good and evil-literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul-it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose.

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User Review  - bibleblaster - LibraryThing

This was bleak beyond even my imagining of it based on reviews and references here and there. I missed the insights that pepper her later memoirs, but I suppose that's to be expected. We're all a little more reflective as we age. Definitely an important work "of a time." Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

I read this in the early 1980s shortly after I had graduated college. I can't give a really great review except that the book has stuck with me so I want to say something. The premise did not sound ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Joan Didion lives in New York City with her husband, author John Gregory Dunne. Her previous novels include Democracy, Run, River and A Book of Common Prayer.

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