Play It as It Lays

Spare, elegant, and terrifying, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone.

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 150404567X

Category: Fiction

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A “scathing novel” of one woman’s path of self-destruction in 1960s Hollywood—by the New York Times–bestselling author of The White Album (The Washington Post Book World). Spare, elegant, and terrifying, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone. Raised in the ghost town of Silver Wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang. But in the spiritual desert of 1960s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life. Her daughter, Kate, was born with an “aberrant chemical in her brain.” Her long-troubled marriage has slipped beyond repair, and her disastrous love affairs and strained friendships provide little comfort. Her only escape is to get in her car and drive the freeway—in the fast lane with the radio turned up high—until it runs out “somewhere no place at all where the flawless burning concrete just stopped.” But every ride to nowhere, every sleepless night numbed by pills and booze and sex, makes it harder for Maria to find the meaning in another day. Told with profound economy of style and a “vision as bleak and precise as Eliot’s in ‘The Wasteland’,” Play It as It Lays ruthlessly dissects the dark heart of the American dream (The New York Times). It is a searing masterpiece “from one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe” (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review).

Play it as it Lays a Novel

A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Joan Didion's 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.

Author: Joan Didion

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ISBN: 9780671248468

Category: Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Page: 214

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New York Magazine

[from Play It as It Lays], he's completely Warren Bogart [from A Book of Common
Prayer]. He's always the romantic figure in white suits, the doomed hero who all
the women fall for. This gets to be a really touchy issue." Any Didion fan knows ...

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LIFE

PLAY IT AS IT LAYS by JOAN DIDION (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) $5.95 The Good
Lord, or the Great Whatever, has seen to it that there will always be witnesses to
pain. He favors his chosen ones with thorns in the side, dung heaps or, in the ...

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The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Los Angeles

It was a Monday, and as I drove Las Tunas Boulevard through Temple City, San
Gabriel, and Alhambra going west toward downtown Los ... In many respects,
Play It As It Lays is a Hollywood novel that depicts the dark side of “glittertown.

Author: Kevin R. McNamara

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139825402

Category: Literary Criticism

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Los Angeles has a tantalizing hold on the American imagination. Its self-magnifying myths encompass Hollywood glamour, Arcadian landscapes, and endless summer, but also the apocalyptic undertow of riots, environmental depredation, and natural disaster. This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish settlers, African American writers, the British and German expatriates of the 1930s and 1940s, Latino, and Asian LA literature. The genres discussed include crime novels, science fiction, Hollywood novels, literary responses to urban rebellion, the poetry scene, nature writing, and the most influential non-fiction accounts of the region. Diverse, vibrant, and challenging as the city itself, this Companion is the definitive guide to LA in literature.

Joan Didion

A brief biographical profile of the author accompanies a detailed analysis of her novels and essays

Author: Katherine U. Henderson

Publisher: Ungar Publishing Company

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 164

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A brief biographical profile of the author accompanies a detailed analysis of her novels and essays

Reading Joan Didion

Focuses on the life and works of author and essayist Joan Didion, whose work reflected the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos.

Author: Lynn Marie Houston

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313364036

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 159

View: 318

This book is a compelling reference guide for book clubs on the work of Joan Didion, with summaries of her major works and discussion questions. * Discussion questions on Joan Didion's works, literary movements, and literary analysis * An exhaustive bibliography of additional writings about Didion as well as similar authors and books

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Commentary

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Joan Didion The 1960s and 70s

Run River (1963) -- Everett McClellan and his wife, Lily, the great-grandchildren of California pioneers, become involved in murder and betrayal.

Author: Joan Didion

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ISBN: 9781598536454

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 950

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Joan Didion's influence on postwar American letters is undeniable. Whether writing fiction, memoir, or trailblazing journalism, her gifts for narrative and dialogue, and her intimate but detached authorial persona, have won her legions of readers and admirers. Now Library of America launches its multi-volume edition of Didion's collected writings, prepared in consultation with the author, that brings together her fiction and nonfiction for the first time. Collected in this first volume are Didion's iconic books from the 1960s and 1970s: Run, River, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Play It As It Lays, A Book of Common Prayer, and The White Album.

The Contemporary Novel

PLAY IT AS IT LAYS Verburg , T . Larry , “ Water Imagery in James Dickey ' s
DELIVERANCE , " NConL 4 , v ( Nov . , 1974 ) : 11 - 13 . Anderson , Patricia D . , "
Self - Definition in MANSFIELD PARK Wagner , Linda , “ DELIVERANCE :
Initiation ...

Author: Irving Adelman

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 666

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In this new edition, what was already an expansive work has been updated and further enlarged to include information not only on American and British novelists but also on writers in English from around the world.

The Centennial Review

But it is in Didion's middle novel , Play It As It Lays ( 1970 ) , that the issues raised
in " The White Album " are most fully and deeply explored . The consciousness of
Maria Wyeth , protagonist of Play It As It Lays , closely resembles Didion's own ...

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CR Centennial Review

But it is in Didion's middle novel , Play It As It Lays ( 1970 ) , 5 that the issues
raised in " The White Album ” are most fully and deeply explored . The
consciousness of Maria Wyeth , protagonist of Play It As It Lays , closely
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Saturday Review

In that of the year for performance in Play It bleakest of bleak worlds Maria hasn't
as It Lays . Next year , I supposo , tho even a friend , except for BZ , a homo Nobel
Prize for Literature will go to sexual movie producer ( played with Jacqueline ...

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Film 72 73

December 21 , 1972 PLAY IT AS IT LAYS The Sweet Life in L . A . Thomas
Meehan Frank Perry ' s Play It as It Lays is all about Angst in L . A . The film is a
relentlessly gloomy chronicle of existential despair among La Dolce Vita West
movie ...

Author: David Denby

Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Company

ISBN: 9780672518713

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 266

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Two or three or something

9 Lesen wir diese Worte heute , fühlen wir uns sogleich zu dieser Figur , der
Hauptdarstellerin des Romans Play It as It Lays hingezogen . „ Maria ' , hörte sie
eines Nachts jemanden flüstern , aber als sie sich umdrehte , war da niemand .

Author: Maria Lassnig

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Female Studies

Play It As It Lays Joan Didion is finally writing about the Women ' s Movement ,
and she is writing badly . ( New York Times Book Review , July 30 . ) She is
usually a fine writer , and to those of us who have admired her for the deftness
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Vols. 1-3 contain college syllabi and reading lists.

Joan Didion

that loss , does not seem entirely apparent to Didion until she writes the second
novel . In Play It As It Lays , Didion addresses the loss of filiation from a quite
different perspective , one that employs the critical consciousness referred to by
Said ...

Author: Diana Rae Pingatore

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New York

[ from Play It as It Lays ) , he's completely Warren Bogart [ from A Book of
Common Prayer ) . He's always the romantic figure in white suits , the doomed
hero who all the women fall for . This gets to be a really touchy issue . ” Any
Didion fan ...

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Teaching about Women

She merely reacts to it, and she reacts defensively — more defensively than even
the most hostile critics of her latest novel, Play It As It Lays . Didion 's reviewers, in
fact, appear to have taught her, momentarily, how not to review. Some of the ...

Author: Modern Language Association of America. Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession

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Category: Feminism

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