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Ow as Marilyn Monroe In a voice startlingly intimate and rich Norma Jeane tells her own story of an emblematic American artist intensely conflicted and driven who had lost her way A powerful portrait of Holly. I wasn t really sure how to go about reviewing this book at first but then I came up with a solution and it s a reviewing style I ll call The Good The Bad and The UglyHere we goThe Good Of course Joyce Carol Oates is a scary talented author and I bow at her feet The writing in this book goes from staggeringly beautiful to heart wrenchingly sad and all of it is masterfully executed The fact is no matter what the following might say I would probably give my left foot to be able to write like Oates does So let s move onThe Bad The story a fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe s life is yet another thrilling installment in this author s Men Are Evil And Will Hurt You saga Okay Joyce I get that Marilyn had issues I get that men pushed her around But honestlyThen came her fairy godmother to tell her There s a secret way into the Walled GardenThere s a hidden door in the wall but you must wait like a good little girl for this door to be openedYou must win over the doorkeeper an old ugly green skinned gnome You must make the doorkeeper take notice of you You must make the doorkeeper desire you And then he will love you and will do your bidding Smile Smile and be happy Smile and take off your clothes For your Magic Friend in the mirror will help youthe old ugly green skinned gnome was really a prince under an evil enchantment and he will kneel before you and ask for your hand in marriage and you will live with him happily forever in his Garden kingdom never will you be a lonely unhappy little girl again So long as you remain with your Prince in the Walled GardenGood lord And I haven t even mentioned how she calls each of her husbands Daddy Really Joyce you can cut the subtlety with a freaking battle axe here The Ugly Several of Marilyn Monroe s movies are described in the book including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot These are two of my favorite movies or I should say they used to be I m not sure because I haven t tried watching them but they might be ruined for me Can we talk about Some Like It Hot for a minute here Oates s book tries to make the case that by this point in Marilyn Monroe s career everyone was disgusted with her and her love interest in the movie C aka Tony Curtis was so grossed out by her that he hating acting in the romantic scenes with her Okay Tony Curtis s autobiography American Prince A Memoir recently came out and I read an excerpt in Vanity Fair He was writing about Marilyn and how they used to date before she was famous and had red hair two things that aren t in the book HA Joyce Carol Oates I know something you don t know Anyway they weren t going out when they made the movie but he was still attracted to her According to Curtis he totally had a hard on for that entire scene in the yacht and Marilyn knew it What s Oates s take on the movie Here you go And so C despised her at their climactic kissing scene how he d wish to spit into Sugar Kane s phony ingenue face for by this time the mere touch of Monroe s leathery skin revulsed him C would be Monroe s enemy for life after her death what tales C would tell of herI really really hope that Tony Curtis reads Blonde And I hope he sends Joyce Carol Oates a letter that goes like this Dear Ms Oates Rot in hell you pretentious feminazi asshole What gives you the right to write down Marilyn s life for her and assign roles to each of us so we could all look like evil bastards compared to her You didn t know her you didn t know any of us and you re no better than all the tabloids exploiting her fame and her death to make money Fuck you very much Madeline Tony Curtis I must say the man has a point

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Wood'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. Joyce Carol Oates has appropriated our American wet dream the winner of the global boner bracket the all time Who d You Rather champion she s taken and made some kind of Cinderella Christ myth out of her tarted up for the ball by her leering old fairy godfather and when the clock hits twelve martyred for our filthy sins No soft focus angel Christ here either this is Mel Gibson torture Christ all meat and oozing sores inside her mouth Oates insists on the fact of her body Marilyn Monroe spends the entire book menstruating and sweating and stinking and pissing When she s sodomized by an old guy Oates describes it like a beak plunging in She never blinks She feels everything Like Christ she has some Daddy issues Like Christ she tries to chicken out Like Christ she seems to understand where this is all headed and to face it bewildered and terrified She s not dumb she just has no defenses She knows why she s here It was my intention to create a female portrait as emblematic of her time and place as Emma Bovary was of hers says Oates and you re like Create Wasn t Marilyn Monroe already created But the historical Monroe is a palimpsest for Oates She has her own agenda The historical individuals are not in the novel she says Rather their historical roles are the subject of the novel In one scene Marilyn Monroe goes incognito to the theater to watch her own movie and finds herself surrounded by men staring up at the screen and masturbating and that scene is this book in a nutshellOates has her sights set high Blonde is her longest book and her most audacious in a long career of audacity and it totally works Suck it Mailer The singular Great American Novel doesn t exist because there are so many Americans right The loner cowboy the runaway slave the pioneer woman and the dizzy blonde too the sexpot the whore that s an American archetype Oh hey you can t miss Marilyn says Marilyn She ll be the one with the vagina Here she is

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In her most ambitious work to date 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 kn. YOU MUST READ THIS Have to have to you will It must be one of the BEST FINEST novels of all time y all know that this is the sole topic I will NEVER joke aboutSeeing the elusive the ephemeral through different filters a jaguar prowling through the jungle a baby left all alone as if you had the privilege to do so in the first place Blonde is a privilege to read the rarest of rare novelpoetry book combos Why read itty bitty poetry in its refracted basically restricted state Read novels exemplary novels like this one for a novel like Blonde kicks the ass of those tiny singular books there is poetry in each and every page Undertaking this journey is a huge endeavor for the reader This humongous tale for the reader is a grotesue fairy tale through throughNorma Jean s thoughtsactions occur in present tense in actual time also in fatalistic retrospection It is a topsy turvy house of horrorThis is an expert fictionalization momentous literature which must be absolutely devoured The saga is sublime The topic the figurehead that is Marilyn Monroe is and has been ultimately misinterpreted But thanks to Joyce Carol Oates give her a Nobel already I mean even Coetzee and Saramago have one and her extensive research the meat on the bones are as beautiful and enigmatic as the person herself and by this I mean Monroe AND JCO their collaboration is what dreams are made of Their nightmare is our heavenStrange to figure how many modern actresses wish to emulate the gorgeous blond they try time after time and the great actress tried so much to be the character she was chosen to portray She was even painfully paranoid of her fictional characterizations drifting into her real life like ghostsConsider Oates s Norma Jean as a 20th century Emma Bovary but with something to offer the outside world And of this many great Hollywood men took notice and the exploitation that ensues is demonic The elusive father figure Norma Jean never met hers and so what happens is a collection of men she disgustingly refers to as Daddy see Even porno stars want to be Marilyn She becomes addicted to Codeine tablets super uick solutions to issues which stem all the way from infancy There is a patina of infinite sadness of devastation being covered up for the sake of illusion and the glimmering of the silver screen The novel is filled with endings conceivably almost every section in the story could be a possible way for Oates to finish her masterpiece the prolongment is absolutely masochistic and inspiring if that makes any sense The novel that starts off with dolls star homes and star funerals is undoubtedly what awaits the girl beautiful and young corpse at the end Everything sad with a foretaste of certain doom of impending tragedy The girl devoted to God and literature and meaty roles as evidenced by her poems and musings which beg the reader to feel defensive of her of this child in a woman s body The Woman s body The cooly complex metaphysical stuff this is a 21st century novel after all and all the Greats brought out all their tricks at this point is infused with intelligence and yes MAGIC Marilyn is a woman who falls out of time She recalls scripts that have never even existed before but compete with her actual life she s smart beyond recognition she is not DUMB AT ALL She juxtaposes art with life and this is what all actresses all good actresses must feel for their art She suffers for her art like any other artist worth his or her saltIt is pretty rare for literature to be so perfectly precise in emulating the theme and source it describes like the person herself RIP the novel for me will remain uniue and unforgettable


10 thoughts on “Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

  1. says:

    YOU MUST READ THIS Have to have to you will It must be one of the BEST FINEST novels of all time y'all know that this is the

  2. says:

    Finally finished wish I were still reading all magic is gone from life now pls advsThis is the New Feminist Text I honestly think if every gal too young to remember or too young to even have a mother who actively remembers the effects of the women's movement of the 60s were given a copy of this book we'd have much less patriarchy snackdom in the world much eual pay and way fewer pointy toed stilettosMarilyn

  3. says:

    My introduction to the fiction of Joyce Carol Oates is Blonde a radically distilled accounting of the life and death of Norma Jeane Baker who exploded onto screens and magazine spreads in 1950 as Marilyn Monroe became a global sex

  4. says:

    This book was very difficult to read Not because of the writing which is phenomenal but because we already know the sad ending Joyce Carol Oates takes us on a literary journey from babyhood through to the end wi

  5. says:

    This book was marvellous in many ways It's a fictional piece of work following the life of Norma Jeane Baker aka Marilyn Monroe from she's a child till her death as a 36 year old woman devoured and intoxicated with drugs medication and alcoho

  6. says:

    I wasn't really sure how to go about reviewing this book at first but then I came up with a solution and it's a reviewing style I'll call The Good The Bad and The UglyHere we goThe Good Of course Joyce Carol Oates is a scary

  7. says:

    I have conflicting emotions about this book and it goes something like this “The book is about Marilyn so what is there NOT to like about it right? Warts and all it is a powerful book written by a powerful writer” But the song that keeps

  8. says:

    Joyce Carol Oates has appropriated our American wet dream the winner of the global boner bracket the all time Who'd You Rather? champion she's taken and made some kind of Cinderella Christ myth out of her tarted up for the

  9. says:

    For all of Blonde's claims as a novelized feminist retelling of Marilyn Monroe's life I have seldom come across a book with disturbing dehumanizing references to the female body and mind I am aware that these are intended to further emphasize Marilyn's loathed and loved standing in the American psyche as the virginwhore g

  10. says:

    Blonde is the Fictionalized Biography of Marilyn Monroe I chose to read it over a conventional style biography because I thought it would thought would be a personal account and show of her character and personality The book chroni

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