Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) [Joan Didion, David Thomson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A ruthless dissection of. PLAY IT AS IT LAYS is a quick hypnotic novel, from literary legend, Joan Didion. You won’t be able to look away from this beautiful disaster. Joan Didion (novel), Joan Didion (screenplay) | 1 more credit» Tuesday Weld and Jennifer Lesko in Play It As It Lays () Tuesday Weld in Play It As It Lays .

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A ruthless dissection of American life in the late s, 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. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Didion’s I’ve read, I found it very laays. Please try again later. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: From my mother I inherited my looks and a tendency to migraine.

Nicholas Rombes on Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays

That is pronounced Mar-eye-ah, to get it straight at the outset. Wyeth eats eggs while driving on the freeway.

In summary, I although I am positive some readers will enjoy this work, alas, I am not among them. Lifes tough when you’re a pill popping actress trying to cope with an abortion. And that encourages a certain way of reading, maybe.


The city burning is Los Angeles’s deepest image of itself. Diary of a Mad Housewife In the part of this tortured person, Tuesday Weld gives an exceptional performance. Ships from and sold by Amazon. First off, it is basically a character study of an individual who has been consumed by the lifestyle which she has adopted for herself.

Trivia Joan Didion wanted Sam Peckinpah to direct but he was never quite sure why she would select him, given his success as a director of Western-themed films, and declined. Some people who get impatient with the book–or complain that they couldn’t “like” the character–probably haven’t caught onto this. It starts at the end with a few chapters from the points of view of other characters, then shifts into the story from Maria Wyeth’s point of view.

Maria Wyeth, an ex-model and B-movie actress, strolls on the grounds of a mental hospital, recalling the traumatic events which led to her breakdown.

Play It as It Lays

Anthony Perkins is also excellent in his role jona B. Maria grew up in a town her father owned called Silver Wells pop: Carter was responsible for her being there and Maria is trying to get her out. It isn’t an overflow of demands. I remember thinking the church was hallowed ground. But I’d sit alone, in a stall, in the bathroom, and look at the josn tile, white grout, and see the dark drain on the floor.

Nothingness lies at the heart of everything and everyone here, chilling even when constrained by ostensibly ordinary events. I talk about Kate to no one here.


She plunges into long nights of compulsive driving, wandering Southern California ‘s freeways, through motels and bars, drinking and chancing sexual encounters with actors and ex-lovers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Her husband divorces her, and she has an illegal abortion. I no longer believe that, but I am telling you layw it was.

Nicholas Rombes on Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays

It’s not a pleasant read, no way. A beautiful book that you can finish in one sitting. If you are fascinated with Hollywood in the ‘s and you want to know didionn women think at the edge of a bigtime depression, go for this book.

Although I’m sure you’d enjoy it. After the abortion, Maria suffers from recurring nightmares and ghastly visions featuring dead fetuses, dying children, severed body parts and plumbing.

That I needed to reread it right away because I hadn’t read it the paly way and because there is a lot that you don’t have enough information to make sense of the first time around.