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The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion
September 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
One event on October 3, 2017 at 10:00am
featuring Henry Veggian, Senior Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature
“The legendary author of Play It As It Lays and Slouching Toward Bethlehem trains her eye on the far frontiers of the Monroe Doctrine, where history dissolves into conspiracy (Dallas in 1963, Iran Contra in 1984), and fashions a moral thriller as hypnotic and provocative as any by Joseph Conrad or Graham Greene. In that latter year Elena McMahon walks off the presidential campaign she has been covering for a major newspaper to do a favor for her father. Elena’s father does deals. And it is while acting as his agent in one such deal—a deal that shortly goes spectacularly wrong—that she finds herself on an island where tourism has been superseded by arms dealing, covert action, and assassination.”
“The Last Thing He Wanted is a tour de force—persuasive in its detail, dazzling in its ambiguities, enchanting in its style.”
Tuesdays, September 26 and October 3
TUITION: $35, includes a copy of the book
Please note that the image may not reflect the edition being used for the reading group.