Blonde

Blonde

A Novel

Book - 2009
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"In this ambitious book, Joyce Carol Oates boldly reimagines the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker?the child, the woman, the fated celebrity and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startling, intimate, and rich, Norma Jeane tells her own story, that of an emblematic American artist?intensely conflicted and driven?who has lost her way. A powerful portrait of Hollywood's myth and an extraordinary woman's heartbreaking reality, Blonde is a sweeping epic that pays tribute to the elusive magic and devastation behind the creation of the great twentieth-century American star"--The publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ecco Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780061774355
0061774359
Call Number: FICTION OATES 2009
Characteristics: xii, 738 pages ; 21 cm

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EljayJohnson
Jul 27, 2019

Once again I am reminded of why JCO is one of my favorite authors. This was a novelization of the life of Marilyn Monroe, and it was fascinating and appalling. The writing was so brilliant that I was often walking around in a daze while I read it with the author's voice going 'round and 'round in my brain. It becomes unimportant what is "true" and what is the author's invention because larger questions of where does victimization end and calculation begin, and whose "reality" about the Blonde Actress is most trustworthy, take over. I was brought to some ugly, low places with this book and sometimes I would actually need to take some air to shake it off. If you haven't read Oates, you are missing something rare and special.

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slarsen
Oct 07, 2013

First time reading Joyce Carol Oates and was not disappointed. It took me a bit to get into the book; I thought it was a little slow, but then it took off and I could not put it down. For such a dark story, she showed she could bring more substance to Marilyn Monroe than any other author I have read,
I will definitely read more of her books.

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Cecilturtle
Jan 04, 2013

Oates has a unique talent for creating the most mesmerizing plots. This novel is part poem, part drama, part homage, a giant fresco designed to see one of the most known stars in a completely new light. What I find to be a coup de maître is the fact that Norma Jeane never disappears throughout all of Marilyn's life: a shy, scared girl looking for approval and terrified of failure. Monroe's life suddenly makes so much sense.
Far from being knowledgeable about Monroe's biography, I was transported through fact and fiction, never bored and slightly amazed at the sing song allure of the story which constantly pulls the reader back into the plot.
A haunting tale.

westcoastreader May 30, 2008

This book immediately grabbed my interest - using Marilyn's voice Oates details the escapades, romances, and Hollywood rumours that made her famous. If you like Oates you will love this one.

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Cabby
Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2001 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

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westcoastreader May 30, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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