goodbye to all that by joan didion

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Name Instructor Course Date Goodbye To All That Joan Didion captures and explores the image of a young girl who has struggled to get to New York City. It is the story of her life since the first day she got into the city up t when she decides to leave it indefinitely. When we first meet her, she is a young, naïve and cultural lady who have too much expectation from the far country. She is happy to visit the city to experience all that she had heard about it including what was shown in the movies, songs and that she had read. This is a realization of her long time dreams and desires. She, however, wishes that the circumstances were different so that she could be in other better towns like San Francisco or Paris. Her amusement is introduced right from the bus where she enjoyed watching the skyline and the summer rains that were hard to come by in California. In the first days, she had to adjust to the new climate where she ended up catching a cold. However, her naivety could not allow her to either call the doctor or the help desk so that the air conditioner could be adjusted. Partly this is due to fear and somewhat due to her poor economic standard. Further, Didion introduces us to her young age, her early entry into the love life. The story is that of a young girl realizing herself in a new country and lifestyle. Throughout the story, we are also familiarized with the changes she experiences. Didion, although being young, learns the routine in the town fast. Within a short time, she had already noticed the joints where to hang out at night and the best clubs to party in. She adopts a party life where she does not hesitate socializing with people of all kinds.

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