Democracy

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Vintage International, 1995 - Fiction - 234 pages
Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency. Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's father is a murderer. And, in 1975, the year in which much of this bitterly funny novel is set, America is doing its best to lose track of its one-time client, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South Vietnam.As conceived by Joan Didion, these personages and events constitute the terminal fallout of democracy, a fallout that also includes fact-finding junkets, senatorial groupies, the international arms market, and the Orwellian newspeak of the political class. Moving deftly from Honolulu to Jakarta, between romance, farce, and tragedy, Democracy is a tour de force from a writer who can dissect an entire society with a single phrase.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Didion has a wonderful ear for dialogue and this novel, short as it is, manages to touch on some very weighty themes. And, allows us to see ourselves as only others can. Read full review

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User Review  - EadieB - LibraryThing

I found this book to be a bit of a political eye-opener. The theme is democracy, viewed from many angles. The timeline is primarily during the Vietnam years and centers on an American family of ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
16
Section 3
21
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Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.

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