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Blonde: A Novel

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This bumper novel tells a fictionalised story of Marilyn Monroe's life. Taking into account many facts from Marilyn Monroe's life Oates weaves a story of neglect, a deep yearning for love, stage fright, obsession and addiction.

The Marilyn she creates in the novel is far from the one that we see on screne, and the one rumoured about. She is a fragile bubble, seemingly ready to burst at any moment. She seems to crave love, but when she has it she quickly tires and needs to move on as she needs to feel loved by another person.

This is well worth a read and has restored my faith in Oates, I'd previosly loved and read We Were the Mulvaney's but then read Rape: A Love Story which really didn't work for me.

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The Marilyn she creates in the novel is far from the one that we see on screne, and the one rumoured about. She is a fragile bubble, seemingly ready to burst at any moment. She seems to crave love, but when she has it she quickly tires and needs to move on as she needs to feel loved by another person.

 

I've not seen all Monroe's movies, but I had the impression from those I have seen - Some Like it Hot and The Misfits, for example - that she was pretty much as you describe her portrait in this novel.

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