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An extraordinary biography of the legendary screen star Marilyn Monroe originally published in 1973 by Norman Mailer one of America's most important writers of the second Stormin' Norman was on a British radio show called Desert Island Discs once That's a show where you choose 8 gramophone records as they uaintly say to take with you to a notional desert island on which you have been abandoned Norman stated up front that he didn't really like music so he just picked 8 tunes which reminded him of his six wives and two significant others What a tosserAnyway Norman's unabashed drool of a book makes it clear that he would have liked to slot Marilyn in somewhere between Wife No 4 and Wife No 5 But some little fishies just didn't swim into his big craw Contemplating Marilyn's life character is guaranteed to make me pontificate tediously about the common yet weird disjunction between outer aspect and inner reality with which we so often are jarringly confronted in this life The very Marilynity of Marilyn on screen and in photos gives even the casual observer the idea that it just doesn't get any better than this But of course behind the effortless cartoony sexy fun were 63 takes ten nervous breakdowns not much love and enough antidepressants to trade for a 1953 tan and cream Studebaker saloonAlways thought of myself as a bit of a failureFor never reading anything else by Norman MailureExcept the Executioner's SongWhich was really long

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Ished this book was the subject of Time and Life Magazine cover stories was on the New York Times Bestseller List and became a full selection of the Book of the Month Clu Norman Mailer was part of the group that changed the style of writing non fiction to make it read like a novelIn that respect he does a great job His writing is brilliant if cynical and a little superior It's also geared I think toward the hip and groovy set who think reading books like this puts them in a certain cool categoryHaving said that I still like the book The photographs if nothing else are worth the price of the book alone which in my case was a used book in mint condition for five dollars heh hehMailer admits that his book is largely a compilation of previous biographies and speculation based on her movies and photographs This is evident when he writes out the thoughts that Marilyn and others involved in her life could be thinking at any given timeBut much of what he writes can be verified He certainly is successful in conveying what a complicated tragic and fascinating person she was and he also gives a thorough biographical time line of her lifeThe only thing I found surprising was that he makes no mention of Marilyn having an affair with President Kennedy and barely hints at an involvement with Bobby Kennedy Other sources I read declare that she was so involved with JFK she thought she was going to be the next Mrs KennedyBut this was written back in the early seventies and maybe it was still too sacrosanct a subject to touch uponHe explores all the possible reasons Marilyn could have died overdose either accidental or intentionalsuicide or murderwho knows what really happened Accidental overdose is the most likely cause based on her history of barbiturate addiction and previous close calls Arthur Miller even wrote a play about it After the Fall and was censured for it Listening to him talk about the need to sacrifice others in order to save yourself a justification for letting someone go ahead and kill herself revealed a cold hearted manAlthough Mailer actually portrays Miller as the victim of Marilyn's contempt and verbal abuse Maybe he was she was no angel It is speculated that she had a Narcissistic Personality Disorder Her making everyone else wait hours for her on movies sets is one indicationBut ultimately she is a portrait of tragedy Her persona was so powerful that it completely possessed her and when you act intimate with everyone you can be close to no oneAficionados of Marilyn will enjoy this book

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Half of the Twentieth Century Mailer the winner of two Pullitzer Prizes was the first writer to explore the relationship between Monroe and Bobby Kennedy When first publ My first book about Marilyn Monroe My fascination started with my favorite movie of hers which is Bus Stop I always felt a bit of envy over her beauty but after learning and reading about her I know that her private life was tortured and being beautiful was a far cry from being happy Beauty is skin deep but happiness and who you are as a person hopefully runs deeper and is important Marilyn's intense insecurity and need for love struck a cord in me because I have dealt with the same issues hence the fascination perhaps


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  1. says:

    I listened to an audiobook version borrowed from my local library On balance I wouldn’t say that audio was the best format for this book mainly because you miss out on the photographs Photos are always going to be integral to any biography of Marilyn Monroe and Mailer also freuently alludes to particular photos in his text which clearly doesn’t work on audioThe other thing I found is that Mailer goes for a very extravagant style of prose in this book and there were a number of sentences where had I been reading I would have stopped to think about what I’d just read That’s less easy to do with audio especially if like me you generally listen in the car From time to time I did discern some sharp observations from Mailer poking out from underneath the verbiage One thing that really dates the book is that Mailer keeps making odd references to Richard Nixon it was after all written in the early 70sI tend to read memoirs than biographies but from my limited knowledge of the latter category I’d say this was an unusual example Early on Mailer himself refers to it as “a species of novel following the rules of biography” a statement that allows him to indulge in a great deal of speculation around Marilyn’s thoughts and motives during her troubled life He leans a lot on the work of earlier biographers but like them finds it nearly impossible to disentangle truth from myth in Marilyn’s early life The circumstances of her death will of course forever be shrouded in speculationFor all that I do feel I learned a fair bit about MM I had been aware of her life in outline her three marriages and her better known films I hadn’t appreciated though how determined she was in the early part of her career Emmeline Snively the owner of the small modelling agency that first signed her spoke of how she worked harder than any other model she ever met pouring over her photos for hours and uestioning the photographers about why one photo had worked and another hadn’t I also really liked Mailer’s observation that Snively’s discovery of Marilyn was akin to one of those Hollywood boxing movies where the small town coach finds he has a potential world champion in his gymThere are some great uotes in this book Some of my favourites were from Monroe herself from John Huston and from Simone Signoret whose husband Yves Montand had an affair with Monroe I’d like to repeat them but my review would go on too long Marilyn seemed to throw herself into both professional and personal relationships with enormous passion only to later sour on them just as fiercely If this book is to be believed she was capable of being uite cruel to others In later years she famously drove her co stars crazy with her unreliability I suppose we all have those aspects to us but she than most She seems to have been a hard person to understand and ultimately that’s as true for Mailer as for the rest of us


  2. says:

    Well I am glad I read the book There are so many books written about Marilyn so picking one is uite difficult What I like about this one is that Mailer doesn't go in with a particular bias He relies heavily on two earlier biographies one by Fred Guiles entitled Norma Jean and one by Maurice Zolotow entitled Marilyn Monroe which was the first published during her lifetime These two often do not agree as is true of the many other books that now exist The entire feel of the book is to place before the reader divergent views The author explains why he favors one or the other or a third This approach is what I was looking for I feel it does not go deeper than the known facts warrant He doesn’t build upon unreliable information that has been reported and repeated so often that it has become accepted as fact The book does not offer a deep psychological analysis of Marilyn Why? Because that is impossible He gives only what is reasonable without too much supposition My one reservation is that at some points the clarity of what is being said is fuzzy – a bit too many innuendos rather than straightforward statements This is the best I can do in describing the style of writing employed On completion of the book I feel I have been given an adeuate understanding of the woman and the events of her life What a sad life All thirty six years She lived from 1926 1962 Her parentage her youth her career her marriages her lifestyle her personality and her death are all covered I am satisfied I don’t need I am giving the audiobook narration by Jeff Harding three stars too He is easy to understand and that is what is most important as far as I am concerned He uses a honey sweet baby doll voice for Marilyn which I could have done without but I bet most people love it I must admit he did make me laugh off and on He lays accents on thick He has a peculiar lilt where he goes up in tone For me his intonations exaggerate the author's lines It would have been worse if he misconstrued the author's written words; that he doesn't do I seem to be the only audiobook listener who just wants a narrator to read the lines in a straightforward manner


  3. says:

    Stormin' Norman was on a British radio show called Desert Island Discs once That's a show where you choose 8 gramophone records as they uaintly say to take with you to a notional desert island on which you have been abandoned Norman stated up front that he didn't really like music so he just picked 8 tunes which reminded him of his six wives and two significant others What a tosserAnyway Norman's unabashed drool of a book makes it clear that he would have liked to slot Marilyn in somewhere between Wife No 4 and Wife No 5 But some little fishies just didn't swim into his big craw Contemplating Marilyn's life character is guaranteed to make me pontificate tediously about the common yet weird disjunction between outer aspect and inner reality with which we so often are jarringly confronted in this life The very Marilynity of Marilyn on screen and in photos gives even the casual observer the idea that it just doesn't get any better than this But of course behind the effortless cartoony sexy fun were 63 takes ten nervous breakdowns not much love and enough antidepressants to trade for a 1953 tan and cream Studebaker saloonAlways thought of myself as a bit of a failureFor never reading anything else by Norman MailureExcept the Executioner's SongWhich was really long


  4. says:

    Lots of surprising inside info about Marilyn More substance to her than I thought


  5. says:

    The great Mr Mailer 1923 to 2007 Novelist essayist journalist co founder of the Village Voice columnist poet and playwright; innovator of New Journalism He also acted and directed in films He won two Pulitzer prizes My favourite novels would have to be his blockbuster debut 'The Naked The Dead' 1948 and 'The Executioner's Song' 1979 He published how many books? I have on my shelf 27 and am saddened that he wont publish again For christmas my wife gave me 'Marilyn' a book of his I had never bothered with apparently it is amongst one of his highest selling works These days I think Mailer is considered unfashionable a 'great pity' as the great man might say but I think he could care less However I'll focus on 'Marilyn' Arthur Miller her third husband was scathing of the work but in the biography Mailer or less states that Miller's reputation rests on 'Death Of A Salesman' and describes him as having 'a workmanlike style limited lyrical gifts and no capacity for intellectual shock' Miller might have felt wounded Published in 1973 Monroe 1926 1962 36 when she died was not a prolific actress and as a lover of film I would only count as her best films Billy Wilder's ' The Seven Year Itch' 1955 and 'Some Like It Hot' 1959 although the John Huston directed Arthur Miller scripted 'The Misfits' 1961 isn't without interest I found the book a real page turner easy to read and interesting because of Mailer; he doesn't just regurgitate details from interviews he tries to get into her possible state of mind in key points of her life My only criticism would be that it feels a bit 'thrown together' lacks the usual Mailer polish I recommend it as I was not thinking I would find the book particularly interesting as I've come across most details about Monroe before I find the sarcastic criticism of the book mainly the comments along the lines of Mailer wanting to bed her bone her salivating after her hilarious because I love the way Mailer talks about sex in all his books and I think it is this aspect of his writing that momentarily has labelled him 'unfashionable' but times will change again


  6. says:

    My first book about Marilyn Monroe My fascination started with my favorite movie of hers which is Bus Stop I always felt a bit of envy over her beauty but after learning and reading about her I know that her private life was tortured and being beautiful was a far cry from being happy Beauty is skin deep but happiness and who you are as a person hopefully runs deeper and is important Marilyn's intense insecurity and need for love struck a cord in me because I have dealt with the same issues hence the fascination perhaps


  7. says:

    Mailer was obsessed with Marilyn Unfortunately for him he was refused a meeting with her on one occasion and missed his opportunity on the second This book is like stream of consciousness elevating a woman to a Goddess He is bitter he is sweet he is not uite right in the head


  8. says:

    Norman Mailer was part of the group that changed the style of writing non fiction to make it read like a novelIn that respect he does a great job His writing is brilliant if cynical and a little superior It's also geared I think toward the hip and groovy set who think reading books like this puts them in a certain cool categoryHaving said that I still like the book The photographs if nothing else are worth the price of the book alone which in my case was a used book in mint condition for five dollars heh hehMailer admits that his book is largely a compilation of previous biographies and speculation based on her movies and photographs This is evident when he writes out the thoughts that Marilyn and others involved in her life could be thinking at any given timeBut much of what he writes can be verified He certainly is successful in conveying what a complicated tragic and fascinating person she was and he also gives a thorough biographical time line of her lifeThe only thing I found surprising was that he makes no mention of Marilyn having an affair with President Kennedy and barely hints at an involvement with Bobby Kennedy Other sources I read declare that she was so involved with JFK she thought she was going to be the next Mrs KennedyBut this was written back in the early seventies and maybe it was still too sacrosanct a subject to touch uponHe explores all the possible reasons Marilyn could have died overdose either accidental or intentionalsuicide or murderwho knows what really happened Accidental overdose is the most likely cause based on her history of barbiturate addiction and previous close calls Arthur Miller even wrote a play about it After the Fall and was censured for it Listening to him talk about the need to sacrifice others in order to save yourself a justification for letting someone go ahead and kill herself revealed a cold hearted manAlthough Mailer actually portrays Miller as the victim of Marilyn's contempt and verbal abuse Maybe he was she was no angel It is speculated that she had a Narcissistic Personality Disorder Her making everyone else wait hours for her on movies sets is one indicationBut ultimately she is a portrait of tragedy Her persona was so powerful that it completely possessed her and when you act intimate with everyone you can be close to no oneAficionados of Marilyn will enjoy this book


  9. says:

    I have heard of Norman Mailer but have never read anything by him until now His style of writing at least for this book can be described as such Why say something in a few words when a few hundred could do? The writing in this book is very flowery to the point of being down right annoying He even on occasion refers to himself in the third person All in all if you like me don't know much about Marilyn Monroe I would suggest starting with a different biography This one will just frustrate you


  10. says:

    I read this book when it came out in 1973and I must be honest I bought it for the photos of Marilyn Hey I was 21 years oldThe book itself is called A Novel Biography and that sort of sums it up You get fantasy facts wishes and maybes all in one with the book concluding that Marilyn was assassinated by shadowy government forces The story of Marilyn was and isactually an incredibly sad one A type of success that still makes it possible to say Marilyn with no other other name attached and everyone knows who you mean This and she died in 1962 almost 40 years so far as I can think right now only Elvis and she had that kind of impact The very success and the beauty it was founded on seem to also have destroyed her She should be remembered and her story is one worth noting sadly this particular booknovel is a sort of mixed bag I'd say read it as fiction or possibly a fictionalized story It's interesting anything about Marilyn tends to be but maybe check your facts in a couple of places???


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