Blonde

Blonde

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One ofAmerica's most acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines one ofAmerica's most enduring icons in Blonde--the National Book Award-nominated bestseller by Joyce Carol Oates. The legend of Marilyn Monroe--aka Norma Jeane Baker--comes provocatively alive in this powerful tale of Hollywoodmyth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn Monroe lives--reborn to tell her untold history; her story of a star created to shine brightest in theHollywood firmament before her fall to earth. Blonde is a dazzling fictional portrait of the intricate inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint it.

Publisher: New York : Echo Press, [2000]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780060196073
0060196076
Characteristics: xiii, 738 pages ; 25 cm

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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.

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Mysticara7
Aug 05, 2012

I lost myself in this book. It is truly amazing.

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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