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The Year of Magical Thinking is a book typical of Joan Didion, a book which encapsulates the feeling of solitude and loneliness. The written style is beautiful - yet blunt, carefully crafted sentence that are so poignant, and are now classed as a classic work in mourning literature.
The book is account of the year following her husband's death and the hospitalisation of her daughter. Magical Thinking is a psychological process, where the person believes if they hope for something enough or do certain actions, an unavoidable event, like death, can be avoided.
An odd sense of detachment accompanies the narrative, a style of writing that Didion is well known for, which allows the reader to observe her analysis and slight derangement of the situation.
This is a beautiful meaningful book, and although it is only 240 pages long, it is one of the most important books you will ever read.