Play It As It Lays

In Literature on October 3, 2008 at 12:04 am

Maria, the protagonist of Joan Didion’s introspective work, has difficulty talking to people with whom she is not sleeping.” The 31 year old actress is unfulfilled personally and professionally.  Besides her 4-year old daughter, who is being treated at a facility for mental and physical issues, Maria feels a lack of purpose for her life. “To look for reasons is beside the point”, she says, “I am what I am.” 

The voices of Play It As It Lays recount the psychological battle of a woman tormented by one regrettable decision. Guilt and misery, anger and fury seep from a single existence. Didion’s 1970 novel is, in the least, “beaucoop fantastic”.


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