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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 synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.750
Elena A

Joyce Carol Oates at her best

by Elena A on Jun 13, 2013

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 ... More

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by Edward G on Jul 29, 2010

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 ... More



by Ellyb on Oct 29, 2009

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 ... More


An engrossing read

by ShirleyJ on Jun 14, 2007

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 ... More

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