A Book of Common Prayer
Vintage International, 1995 - 272 halaman
Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil.
A Book of Common Prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. Immaculate of history, innocent of politics, she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. As imagined by Didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence.
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The next afternoon when I saw Charlotte Douglas arguing with the pharmacist in
the big drugstore on the Avenida Centrale she did not look at me . She looked
disheveled and unwell , her eyes puffy beneath dark glasses , her bright hair ...
When I speak above a whisper Gerardo and Elena and Victor and Antonio avert
their eyes . Even Isabel and Bianca avert their eyes . Even the dim Mendana
cousin they brought in from Millonario to nurse me averts her eyes , and crosses
... and simply cropped and enlarged a newsprint reproduction in which Marin was
almost indistinguishable , clearly a complaisant young girl in a pinafore but
enigmatically expressionless , her eyes only smudges on the gravure screen .
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A BOOK OF COMMON PRAYERUlasan Pengguna - Kirkus
More sad songs—replay them as they lay—in the shimmering oblivion of empty glasses down in Boca Grande (Central America) where Charlotte, another Maria, comes to stay before she is killed ... Baca ulasan lengkap
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