Teaser Tuesday – Blonde

Currently I’m reading Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates. I’ve been reading it for a while as it’s a long book of over 700 pages. I’m about a third of the way into it. It’s a fictionalised account of Norma Jeane Baker – also known as Marilyn Monroe and it is absolutely fascinating.

No doubt I’ll be writing more about this book. For now here is a little teaser quotation:

Her problem wasn’t she was a dumb blonde, it was she wasn’t a blonde and she wasn’t dumb. (page 232)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly event hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

7 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday – Blonde

  1. Hi Margaret,
    Loved those teaser lines, although I am not sure that this would be enough to make me want to rush out and acquire the book.
    Memoirs are not one of my favourite genres and to be honest, I can never see the point of fictionalising a memoir!
    I was interested in your ‘currently reading’ list, as the Agatha Christie is one that I can’t recall having ever read, so I have added that one to my wish list.


  2. Margaret – What a fascinating book that must be. I’ve always been intrigued by Marilyn Monroe; such a sad, tragic end to her life, and such a complicated person. I’ll be interested to see what you think of the novel.


  3. Yvonne, I do like memoirs and biographies. With memoirs though you only get what the person wishes to say, whereas with a fictionalised account such as this one it brings the character to life, bearing in mind always that it is fictionalised. I’ve liked all of Oates’s books I’ve read – she has such an intense way of writing, which suits this book very well.

    Margot, you’re quite right Monroe is intriguing and so complicated – such a sad life really.

    Laurel-Rain I have the movie of the book but am waiting until I’ve read it before watching the DVD. Glad you liked them both.


  4. I had read that Marilyn Monroe was actually very intelligent and well read. I think that makes it even more sad that she had that breathless voice and thought the only way to make it in this world was to take advantage of her looks and sexiness. Of course, I’ll never know what that kind of life is like, but you would never know whether a man really loved you or just loved what you represent, would you? I don’t recall her having female friends either. So sad.


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