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Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates
Blonde
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In Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates--one of America's most prestigious and versatile writers, author of numerous novels and short fictions--joins the ranks of those who have competed to tell the story of one of her nation's most compelling legends: Norma Jeane Baker, or Marilyn Monroe. In her "Author's... show more
In Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates--one of America's most prestigious and versatile writers, author of numerous novels and short fictions--joins the ranks of those who have competed to tell the story of one of her nation's most compelling legends: Norma Jeane Baker, or Marilyn Monroe. In her "Author's Note" to this monumental novel, Oates describes the work as a "radically distilled life in the form of fiction". "For all its length," she continues (the book is over 700 pages long), "synecdoche is the principle of appropriation." No straightforward account of a life, then--supposing such a feat were possible--Blonde is both fragmentary and exhaustive, fictional and historical. Divided into five chronological sections from "The Child 1932-1938" to "The Afterlife 1959-1962", the narrative voice shifts from first to third person perspective, telling of a life that, from the start, is bound to the fascinations of cinema: "This movie I've been seeing all my life, yet never to its completion." Almost she might say: "This movie is my life!." In Oates's revision of "Marilyn", that fascination is, in turn, bound to Norma Jeane's painful, and paradoxical, tie to her mother: "When I was born, on June 1, 1926, in the charity ward of the Los Angeles County Hospital, my mother wasn't there." Being loved as an actress, being loved as a child, are crucial themes of Blonde, themes which agitate throughout Oates's telling of Baker's drive to fame and love, to "Daddy" and babies--"Except if Daddy could make her pregnant she would love Daddy again"--to beauty and death. It's the stuff of sensation and scandal, but Oates's reading of her subject is tactful, empathetic and, above all, alert to the complex femininity now carried through the life and image of Marilyn Monroe. Vicky Lebeau
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ISBN: 9781841153711 (1841153710)
Edition language: English
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La Mala *the mean girl*
La Mala *the mean girl* rated it
5.0 Blonde
Aguante la ficcion , carajo! (diría cierta actriz argenta antes de venderse al mundo de la telvision realidad) .Esta es Marilyn imaginada por Joyce Carol Oates . It doesn't get better than this
Bark at the Ghouls
Bark at the Ghouls rated it
4.0 Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
This is an interesting fiction/real life blend about the life and death of Marilyn Monroe. It appears to have pissed off many Monroe as well as Oates fans. Many who claim writer Oates was just bitter and jealous of Monroe's beauty, one reviewer going so far, after seeing Oates picture on the back co...
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL
UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
0.0
Don't forget to read this! Sera says it's balls.
LaurenF
LaurenF rated it
Blonde is the Fictionalized Biography of Marilyn Monroe. I chose to read it over a more conventional style biography because I thought it would thought would be a more personal account and show more of her character and personality.The book chronicles her life as a young child growing up with a ment...
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment rated it
3.0
This is the first novel by Joyce Carol Oates I've ready, and I have to say that her prose and her style are chosen carefully to reinforce the themes of the novel. On the other hand, this fictionalized biography of Marilyn Monroe was difficult to get through but fascinating to read, like watching tra...
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