Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates Claude Seban Online

Title : Blonde
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ISBN : 9782253152859
Language : English
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 1115

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 know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startlingly intimate and rich, Norma Jeane tells her own story of an emblematic American artist -- intensely conflicted and drIn 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 know 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 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.

Blonde Reviews

  • Fabian

    YOU MUST READ THIS! It must one of the BEST novels of all time. (About this topic I will never kid)Seeing 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 novel/poetry book combos. Why read itty bitty poetry in its refracted, basically restricted state? Read novels, exemplary novels like this one, for a novel like "Blond [...]

  • Bess

    Finally finished, wish I were still reading, all magic is gone from life now, pls advs.This 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 more equal pay, and way fewer pointy-toed stilettos.Marilyn Monroe was continuously, systematically screwed over, pawned, and sucked [...]

  • Helene Jeppesen

    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 alcohol. It's a tragic life story, but it's hugely inspiring as well, and if you have even the faintest interest in Marilyn Monroe's life I would highly recommend this book. To me, one of the most interesting aspects of "Blonde" was how it balances fiction an [...]

  • Madeline

    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 Ugly.Here we go.The 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 wri [...]

  • Jaline

    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 with a flawless, relentless depiction of the mind within the body that embarked on this particular journey. It is beyond sad to bear witness to the reactions and defenses of a mind molded by fear, uncertainty, unpredictability and unreliability that resulted in a young woman who became [...]

  • Julie

    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 playing in my head, the words that keep haunting me, comes from the voice of another writer, This is the story of a rape.“This is the story of a rape, of the events that led up to it and followed it and of the place in which it happened. There are th [...]

  • Alex

    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 Mon [...]

  • Sara

    For all of Blonde's claims as a novelized, feminist retelling of Marilyn Monroe's life, I have seldom come across a book with more 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 virgin/whore goddess/garbage dichotomy, but the painful overuse of the adjectives "cow", "cunt", and "mammalian" to describe Marilyn, as well as endlessly repetitive descriptions of [...]

  • Lauren (Sugar & Snark)

    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 mentally unstable mother and eventual placement in an orphanage and foster homes.We also see her transformation from the natural beauty Norma Jean Baker to the Sex Symbol Marilyn Monroe. Beneath the makeu [...]

  • Alison

    I had no idea what this book was about when I checked it out from the library. It wasn't until I got it home that I noticed the cover was a silhouette of Marilyn Monroe with her back to the camera. This book kept me up til the wee hours for the seven days it took me to finish it. It is a fictionalized biography in that it recalls the life of Marilyn from birth to "mysterious" death at age 37 (?) from an overdose of sleeping pills with conversations and situations imagined as they might have been [...]

  • S Suzanne

    I think this may be JCO's masterwork. I would recommend to anyone with an appetite for long and literary books. It is typically darker than perhaps reality, given JCO's penchant for the dark side of things. So take that as a warning, Marilyn fans: this is her life through a glass darkly to be sure. After hearing some of the more recent accusations/accounts about JFK, it makes one lean toward JCO's dark lens on that particular relation. (Pages have come forward that they were made to service him, [...]

  • Bark

    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 cover, to say it was because "she'd been beaten with the ugly stick herself". Sheesh, talk about ugly people!I enjoyed the book even though it was pretty bleak and mostly depressing but how could it be [...]

  • Cynthia

    Fictional account of Marilyn Monroe. It makes me want to know more about her life.I re-read this in May, 2013 for my book group, more than 10 years after reading it the first time. Some of the women in my book group are not crazy about Oates. The only other book of hers we've read in the past 19 years (NINETEEN YEARS! HOLY COW!) was "We Were the Mulvaneys."So I recommended this to book group, I believe it to be accessible and certainly one of one of Oates' strongest works.I am again stunned by O [...]

  • Dan

    Read this, read this, read this!Fantastic writing. JCO brought Norma Jean/Marilyn to life is this factionalized version of her tumultuous life. I knew the major story lines of her life; her movie career, her short marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller and her dalliances with President Kennedy and RFK. I learned so much more about her life and her relationships. There were some interesting twists on what I knew to be her life, like her relationship to Cass Chaplin and Eddy G. Robinson Jrt s [...]

  • Claudine Yanting

    Reading her self-destruction is like taking sip after sip, then gulp after gulp of poison, till it's fully merged with her lethal need for people to love her enough (her mother, her missing father, the men in her lives). Joyce Carol Oates's writing is preciously haunting: I could smell Norma Jeane's fears; I could hear her stutter as if she's right next to me; and I could feel the sting from those hateful men's disdain for Marilyn.

  • Kike

    Provocativa y descarnada es como se puede describir esta novela, en donde Joyce Carol Oates se inspira en la vida de Marilyn Monroe para hablarnos de lo cruel de la fama, de lo corrupto del mundo de Hollywood y de la doble moral en la que vive la sociedad estadounidense. Con maestría Oates mezcla hechos reales con otros totalmente salidos de la ficción para presentarnos a una Marilyn frágil y desequilibrada, que, siempre optimista busco agradar a todo un país y como la misma gente que la cre [...]

  • Linnea

    Massiivisen upea teos fiktiivisestä Norma Jeane Bakerista eli Marilynistä. Omat tietoni todellisesta esikuvasta ovat niin viitteelliset, että välillä tätä luki kuin raadollista elämäkertaa. Joyce Carol Oates vääntää, kääntää, lainaa ja sepittää ja tekee sen niin hyvin, että lähet tuhatsivuista pokkaria lukee pelkästään ilokseen. Tiivistämistä en kaivannut lainkaan ja kaikki tähän käytetty lukuaika oli loppujen lopuksi vain kotiin päin, hieno teos.

  • Suketus

    Hämmästyttävä, upea kirja, joka jättää likaisen ja vihaisen olon.

  • Jenny

    I'm giving this 5 stars because JCO is such a talented writer, I really felt like I was in MM's head listening to the non-stop babble of every thought and worry that plagued her. However, there were some things I didn't like.One thing I didn't like was that JCO did not stay true to the facts regarding MM and Joe Dimaggio's relationship after their split. Actually JD and MM remained friends after their divorce and JD made MM's funeral arrangements and tried to help MM with her dependency problems [...]

  • Jassu

    Todella mielenkiintoinen fiktion ja faktan sekoitus Marilyn Monroen elämästä. Olen viimeistään nyt vakuuttunut Joyce Carol Oatesin kirjoittamisen lahjasta.

  • Krenzel

    I have never watched a Marilyn Monroe movie and, before reading "Blonde," Joyce Carol Oates’ fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe, I knew pretty much nothing about her life, other than she had been married to famous people and sang "Happy Birthday" to JFK. I chose to read "Blonde" to find out more about Marilyn Monroe, to learn some of the truth behind the icon, so that she would become more real to me and less abstract. Ironically, I think this is the opposite of what Oates had in mind for r [...]

  • Roman Clodia

    A huge book as JCO gives us a fictional re-imagining of Norma Jeane (sic) from her early childhood with a dangerous, mentally-unstable mother, via an orphanage, a foster home and, eventually, Hollywood - via numerous detours. JCO is especially interested in Norma Jeane's inner life and her relationships with men, all driven by her search for her absent father. I know little about Monroe so have no idea what is fact and what fiction but certainly this feels like a convincing portrait of a woman c [...]

  • Dayla

    This is my first Joyce Carol Oats' book, and I was totally blown away by Oats' brilliance at creating scenes--one you can smell, feel and taste. For example, Gladys' smell in the Lakewood rest home; or Marilyn's smell after sex with a president. They all seemed pitch perfect. What also allowed such full descriptions and insight was the author's statement in the preface that none of the book is true. So, while the author didn't know if MM might have an oily filmy sweat problem as a result of mixi [...]

  • Jenny

    "Blonde" väcker många känslor hos läsaren och den gick rakt in i mitt hjärta. Den var mycket tungläst då den i detalj skildrar Norma Jeanes osäkerhet och livskval. Boken tar upp allvarliga ämnen som identitetskris, tablettmissbruk, dålig självkänsla, sexuellt utnyttjande och mäns maktlystnad, sexmissbruk, aborter och graviditeter, bekräftelsesökande, Hollywoods filmindustri, intellekt vs skönhet, etc. Alla andra människor runtomkring henne dyrkar den glamorösa och sexiga Marily [...]

  • Mark

    “In life, the woman was hell and in hell; on film, divine.”-Billy Wilder“Beauty is a question of optics. All sight is illusion.”This is a fictionalized account of Norma Jeane Baker, aka Marilyn Monroe. From a stuttering, neglected, little girl, to a drugged out, burned out starlet. It is not an easy read. This woman is relentlessly abused, exploited, raped and scorned for 700 pages. Nightmarish and hallucinogenic. What makes it captivating and readable, is the author's terrific writing s [...]

  • Linda

    This is the story of how the shy, stammering Norma Jean Baker was transformed into the sensual, sexual Marilyn Monroe. Joyce Carol Oates has emphasized that it is a fictional novel, based on true events. She added an e to Norma Jean to clarify that it is fiction based on Norma Jean or a description of how Norma Jean might have thought and felt during her life.Norma Jeane had a tragic childhood. Her mother was an addict and schizofrenic, and mistreated Norma, even tried to kill her. Norma’s fat [...]

  • Catherine

    Blonde provides a masterful, disturbing and perceptive characterization of Marilyn Monroe that coincides with all of the other information I have read about her but provides additional interpretation into her psyche through the guise of fiction. The book itself is impossible to describe as it takes on a stylistic form that is very specific and complex. This is not just someone randomly writing a fictional biography of Monroe. This is Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most prolific and important auth [...]

  • Moushine Zahr

    This was the last book I've started reading in 2016 and the first book I finished reading in 2017 and WHAT A NOVEL!!! This novel is a fiction story relating a fictive version of the life of Norma Jeane alias Marilyn Monroe. Some of the book's contents are true based on or inspired by her real life while other stories are pure fiction. This is the story of a lonely woman, with little basic school education, no family and no friends, trying to live, work and survive in the cruel male dominated wor [...]

  • Laurie

    “Blonde” is about the quintessential American blond icon: Marilyn Monroe. It’s a fictionalized biography that is grounded in research but takes off into imagination; inventing love affairs, merging multiple people into one archetypal persona, and looking into the mind of MM. Not just into her mind; into her heart and soul. Somehow, Oates manages, with her dense prose, to put the reader in Norma Jeane’s self, and feel everything she feels. It’s not a pleasant place to be, but it’s un- [...]

  • Fernanda

    Después de 3 semanas he podido terminarlo. Ha sido una lectura larga pero enriquecedora, intrigante, entretenida, poderosa. La redacción de Joyce Carol Oats hace de esta novela entrañable, nos hace conocer un poco más de esta rubia despampanante que tantos corazones robó y seguirá robando.El libro biográfico se convierte en una novela. Vemos fragmentos de entrevistas, de comentarios extra. Vemos un mundo recreado para aquella Norma Jeanne cuyo padre no conocía y cuya madre perdió la raz [...]