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A sweeping, mesmerising novel of the most enduring and evocative cultural icon of the 20th century. 'Nobody has ever caught Marilyn more brilliantly ...Show synopsisA sweeping, mesmerising novel of the most enduring and evocative cultural icon of the 20th century. 'Nobody has ever caught Marilyn more brilliantly than Oates' -- John Sutherland Who was Norma Jeane Baker? In Blonde we are given an intimate, unsparing vision of the woman who became Marilyn Monroe like no other: the child who visits the cinema with her mother; the orphan whose mother is declared mad; the woman who changes her name to become an actress; the fated celebrity, lover, comedienne, muse and icon. Joyce Carol Oates tells an epic American story of how a fragile, gifted young woman makes and remakes her identity, surviving against crushing odds, perpetually in conflict and intensely driven. Here is the very essence of the individual hungry and needy for love: from an elusive mother; from a mysterious, distant father and from a succession of lovers and husbands. In her most ambitious work to date Joyce Carol Oates sympathetically explores the inner life of the woman destined to become Hollywood's most compelling legend. Blonde is a brilliant and deeply moving portrait of a culture hypnotised by its own myths and the shattering reality of the personal effects it had on the woman who became Marilyn Monroe.Hide synopsis
Blonde (Ecco Press) – Hardcover (2000)
Joyce Carol Oates
Hardcover, Ecco Press 2000
ISBN: 0060196076 ISBN-13: 9780060196073
In her most ambitious work to date, one of America's most celebrated writers examines the inner, spiritual life of the woman who became Hollywood's most enduring legend--Marilyn Monroe--as seen through her own eyes.In her most ambitious work to date, one of America's most celebrated writers examines the inner, spiritual life of the woman who became Hollywood's most enduring legend--Marilyn Monroe--as seen through her own eyes.Hide
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With Joyce Carol Oates I started backwards: I started with We were the Mulvaneys and I tought it was great, I fell in love with her and from there I read a lot of her books and finally got to Blonde, her best book and a must read novel for Americans!!!! and of course anybody looking for a great novel ...
If BLONDE is not the definitive biography of Marilyn Monroe, it should be! Joyce Carol Oates has an understanding of people that is insightful, heartfelt and honest.
While I grew up seeing Marilyn Monroe in movies and TV reruns, not to mention the tabloids, there was a fragility to her that touched ...
As many other reviewers have mentioned, "Blonde" is quite a weighty tome, clocking in at around 800 pages. However, at no point did I begrudge the book its length, because I was absolutely absorbed by it from cover to cover. "Blonde" is a devastating portrait of one of America's celebrity casualties ...
I was absorbed by this story from beginning to end. It combined the best of factual information and conjecture - a fascinating picture of Hollywood in the 50's and 60's and a gripping human story full of pathos and humour and drama - even though you know what the outcome will be, you wil not be able ...
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