Forgot your password?  

The Year of Magical Thinking Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 10 Summary

This Study Guide consists of approximately 40 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Year of Magical Thinking.
This section contains 229 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Year of Magical Thinking Study Guide

Chapter 10 Summary and Analysis

Didion introduces the idea of "the vortex effect" and defines it by example - the time when, at Beth Israel Hospital with Quintana during her first stay, how she avoided thinking about the situation by taking a trip back into memory but found that doing so she found a memory she didn't want to recall. She comments that in general, the memory vortex sucked her into a place where memories of those she loved lay waiting to catch her by surprise.

Didion realized early in her stay in California that Los Angeles was full of potentially dangerous triggers for "the vortex effect", and describes her determination to avoid those triggers, partially by steering clear of any potential reminders of her past and partially by immersing herself in routine. However, manifestations of "the vortex effect" were unavoidable. It is during a series of memories that Didion...

(read more from the Chapter 10 Summary)

This section contains 229 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Year of Magical Thinking Study Guide
Copyrights
The Year of Magical Thinking from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook