Length: 256 pages
Audiobook Length: 6 hours and 52 minutes
First Published: 1968
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The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of America―particularly California―in the sixties. It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture.
Quotes from Slouching Towards Bethlehem
We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.
The ability to think for one’s self depends upon one’s mastery of the language.
It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for only the very young.
The future always looks good in the golden land, because no one remembers the past.
About Joan Didion
Joan Didion is an author of five novels and seven nonfiction books, including Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The Year of Magical Thinking. She currently lives in New York City.