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posted by 510430 on October 28, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2011
I had no idea she had such an awful childhood & teen yrs. Later on in the book she goes into her thoughts about love & men. Nothing revealing here. No notes on the Kennedy's, the pictures included in the book are beautiful, she was gorgeous.
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Posted May 10, 2001
Sad Reflections of Lonely Little Girl and Woman
There is a lot of disagreement about the authenticity of this material. Because of that, I have rated the book as three stars . . . to reflect not giving it a rating. I simply cannot tell if the book is authentic or not. If it is authentic, it reflects either someone living in a nightmare world or has been too heavily rewritten. Perhaps we will never know for sure. Whether you read the book as Ms. Monroe's own words about the truth of her life, or as a fictionalized account of her life by her or someone else, you will be seared by the loneliness and desolation depicted. About being seven the book says, 'I thought the people I lived with were my parents.' 'My mother . . . was the pretty woman [who sometimes visited] who never smiled.' The new introduction by Andrea Dworkin is marvelous for summarizing the book. 'This memoir, the authorship of which is in some dispute, tells the childhod story of the world's loneliest orphan.' She nicely captures the most emotionally wrenching moments in the book. Ms. Dworkin goes on to say, 'I miss Marilyn. I wish I had known her.' From the point of view of the story, the book can be divided into three parts. First is the young Norma Jean growing up in foster homes. Second is the young adult trying to get work in motion pictures. Third is the beginning of a star's career. The book abruptly ends while Ms. Monroe is recounting her entertaining of U.S. troops in Korea during her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio. Ms. Monroe never knew her father except by a photograph her mother showed her. Ms. Monroe's mother could not afford to raise her, and eventually was committed to a mental institution -- a problem that many people in her family had experienced. Ms. Monroe was raised like an orphan even though a family friend adopted her. Her poverty dogged her well into her twenties. 'I often felt lonely and wanted to die.' Many such statements occur in the book, heavily foreshadowing Ms. Monroe early death. Initially, her foster home status and pitiful clothes during the Depression set Ms. Monroe apart. No one wanted to associate with her. She tells the story of how one day she borrowed a too small sweater from a 'step sister' and created a commotion with the boys in class due to her developing figure. From then on, she was apart because of the powerful physical attraction her appearance created for many men and the threat she represented to many women. She tells stories of being molested and of receiving many unwanted and inappropriate advances while young. Her escape from all this was a marriage as a young teenager. The marriage did not work, but it got her out of the foster homes. At that point, she no longer considered herself as being Norma Jean, even though she would later revert to that personna at times when she craved attention. Being an aspiring starlet mainly meant being hungry and fighting off the casting couch. There are several stories here about opportunities she had to marry wealthy men she did not love, that seem like day dreams rather than reality. Who knows? Undoubtedly, she received unwanted attention even more now. The book contains many black-and-white and color photographs that display an unusually attractive youngWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2009
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