Blonde

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Price
$19.99  $18.59
Publisher
Ecco Press
Publish Date
Pages
768
Dimensions
5.9 X 8.9 X 1.6 inches | 2.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780062968456

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About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is the author most recently of the novel A Book of American Martyrs and the story collection DIS MEM BER. She is a recipient of the National Book Award, the National Humanities Medal, the PEN/Malamud Award in Short Fiction, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN America, among other honors. She has been a professor at Princeton University for many years and is currently Visiting Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Graduate Writing Program at New York University; in the spring term she is Visiting Professor of English at University of California, Berkeley. Her forthcoming novel is Hazards of Time Travel.

Reviews

"Grimly compelling. . . . a portrait of Hollywood as terrifyingly hallucinatory as Nathaniel West's The Day of the Locust." -- Wall Street Journal

"In Blonde, Oates has found a character and a narrative mode that exploit all her strengths as a writer . . . a narrative intensity often found in her stories but never sustained so successfully in a long novel and an exuberant mastery of language that suggests a writer at the peak of her power." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A fascinating imagining of the hellish battles that Monroe fought with herself." -- Playboy

"Joyce Carol Oates' scary and rhapsodic novel about the life of Marilyn Monroe is saturated with the mysteries of eye and camera. . . . It's eccentric, exhausting--and remarkable." -- Salon.com

"An overwhelmingly vivid and powerful rendering of a human being who outlived her life." -- The Nation

"Oates may have created the most important novel of her career." -- Newsday

"Ms. Oates has hit another one of her targets. This vengeful history is about the majesty of imagination. Marilyn's self-imaginings were cruelly curtaied. Come now the artist to accord Marilyn her rightful status, as artist. The artist uses flesh and fact, the artist transcends them." -- New York Observer

"Blonde is a true mythic blowout, in which Marilyn is everything and nothing--a Great White Whale of significance, standing not for the blind power of nature but for the blind power of artifice." -- GQ

"Joyce Carol Oates takes the boldest path to comprehending 'the riddle, the curse of Monroe' by proceeding directly and frankly to fiction. Her novel Blonde is fat, messy and fierce. It's part Gothic, part kaleidoscopic novel of ideas, part lurid celebrity potboiler, and is seldom less than engrossing." -- New York Times

"In Oates' corpus, Blonde lands near the top. It is an ambitions, complex, and powerful novel." -- Greensboro News & Record

"If you are prejudiced against biographical fiction... or if you simply think that there are too many books about Marilyn Monroe... now is the time to lay aside your prejudices--or, rather, to allow them to be swept aside by a torrentially imaginative, compulsively readable tour de force... Blonde brings this near mythic tale triumphantly and terribly to psychological life." -- Sunday Telegraph

"Joyce Carol Oates' precise and inspired writing is close to witchcraft. With mastery, she unravels the story of the mythical blonde, the overly adored and despised Marilyn Monroe. Breathlessly, I followed the intricate and passionate emotions surrounding the sweet and complex Norma Jeane, whose blazing 'aura' suffused the whole world and frightened the men who loved her most." -- Jeanne Moreau

"Oates is as diverse as she is driven. She has tackled topics ranging from the aesthetics of boxing to the misadventures of toxic twins. But rarely is she so intriguing as when she strays into a genre best described as 'faction.' It's as unsettling as it is worthwhile to take a fresh look at a much-publicized event or personality through Oates' eyes." -- Times Literary Supplement (London)