Democracy by Joan Didion

Democracy -- Joan Didion's fourth novel -- was published in 1984. Set in Hawaii and Southeast Asia at the end of the Vietnam War, the book tells the story of Inez Victor, wife of U.S. Senator and one-time presidential hopeful Harry Victor, and her enduring romance with Jack Lovett, a CIA agent/war profiteer whom Inez first met as a teenager living in Hawaii. Democracy is unusual in that its narrator is not a character within the novel's world but a voice whom Didion identifies as herself, a writer self-consciously struggling with the ambiguities of her ostensible material, the ironies attendant to narration, and the inevitable contradictions at the heart of any story-telling. Didion's deft and economical use of this conceit allows her to comment not only upon the novel she chose to write, a romantic tragedy, but also upon the novel she chose not to write, a family epic encompassing generations of Inez's wealthy Hawaiian family, artless emblems of the colonial impulse.At the time Democracy was published, the work was widely recognized as Didion's best novel to date for the skillful way she combined reportorial skill with literary style. However, some critics felt the book's realism undercut its overall achievement as a novel.

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Democracy Hardcover 2078770 $47.43 $2.99 1984
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Proof of Conspiracy: How Trump's International Collusion Is Threatening American Democracy Hardcover 7142 $20.99 2019
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C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (Back Bay Readers' Pick) Paperback 14441 $17.99 $28.28 2011
The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process (University Casebook Series) Hardcover 37118 $225.00 $183.55 2016
The Threshold Of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C. (Fourth Edition) (Reacting to the Past) Paperback 19333 $38.75 $35.60 2015
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Democracy (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 409030 2011
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