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Play It as It Lays (MP3 CD)

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“What makes Iago evil? some people ask. I never ask.” These are the opening words of Didion’s morose, devastating novel Play It as It Lays. The reference to Shakespeare’s infamous villain is more than mere literary signaling, however, serving the dual purposes of introducing the novel’s main preoccupations and indicating its lead character’s general despondency and emotional paralysis. From here, Didion crafts a bleak and harrowing tale of 1960s Hollywood­­—a world as sinister as it is decadent. At its center is Maria Wyeth, a disillusioned actress whose life is plunged into turmoil after her philandering husband has their ill child institutionalized against Maria’s will. Told in a spare, striking voice and from multiple narrative perspectives, Play It as It Lays is at turns sordid, troubling, and debauched, but its investigation of post-war American ennui, it cannot be matched. I love this book!

— Chad


A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, 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 listener. Set in a place beyond good and evil-literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul - it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781536640649
ISBN-10: 1536640646
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Publication Date: January 24th, 2017
Language: English
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