“Its exactly what it said, a collective of fragments of Marilyn's life and personal feelings. If I recall its mainly her poetry and personal thoughts, much like a peek into her mind or her hand-written journal. It really is the perfect coffee table book.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Its exactly what it said, a collective of fragments of Marilyn's life and personal feelings. If I recall its mainly her poetry and personal thoughts, much like a peek into her mind or her hand-written journal. It really is the perfect coffee table book.”Erin Rochelle wrote this review Sunday, December 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“glad I didn't buy it. neat, but not worth buying.”Kristi P wrote this review Monday, March 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“From Lee Strasberg's eulogy at Marilyn Monroe's funeral:
[blockquote]Marilyn Monroe was a legend.
In her own lifetime she created a myth of what a poor girl from a deprived background could attain. For the entire world she became a symbol of the eternal feminine.
But I have no words to describe the myth and the legend. I did not know this Marilyn Monroe. We gathered here today, knew only Marilyn - a warm human being, impulsive and shy, sensitive and in fear of rejection, yet ever avid for life and reaching out for fulfillment.[/blockquote]
This collection of letters that Marilyn never sent, notes, diary-like entries, thoughts ranging from her first, failed marriage, up to a run-through of answers to interview questions just before her death, is a very intimate collection.
In the notes - mostly written by herself but also through typed transcriptions by her assistant - and the diary-entries, Marilyn goes through an array of emotions regarding a variety of subjects, persons, projects and other matters, ranging from her psychoanalysis, her seemingly constant self-questioning and self-doubt, to happiness, being married, succeeding with her own production company and of course, on reading.
This brings a very different image of the person, rather than the very two-dimensional, simple creature that some seem to prefer her to be.
Her honesty is key here, to me. Her writing reeks of honesty and is very interesting, especially when she writes of her fears, examining her past and considering her future, notably through the founding of her own production company (taking on MGM by doing so), which is professionally no small feat.
She seems to have been very self-critical. She doesn't dump down on anybody else in these notes.
As a poet, she is quite rough; not my cup of tea, and the lyrics don't seem to have been worked over much. Still, these are notes grabbed from a box in a garage. It's not like she attempted to get them published.
All in all, it's an accomplished bunch of pieces from a very talented, intelligent and seemingly pleasant and honest person's life. I wish she'd get more recognition for all of the things for which she's not most famous, but that's show business, I guess.”
“I've had a fascination with Marilyn Monroe for a number of years, and consequentlly I've read a number of biographies about her. This book is the first to offer a glimpse of Marilyn's own writings.
An accumulation of letters, notes and scraps of poetic verse Fragments reveals a Marilyn who was a torchured soul. Someone trying to find herself whilst coming to terms with what she knew of herself already. Feelings of inadequacy, depression and perpetual misunderstanding. Trying desperately to educate herself and be take seriously by a world who had her pegged for the dumb blond bombshell she so frequently portrayed in her film roles.
Everyone knows the name Marilyn Monroe. Everyone recognises her iconic image. Those that are preoccupied with image rather than the person will find these writings surprising, thought provoking, profoud and sometimes deeply sad. Reading it has almost been like seeing into someone's soul for the first time and at some points I almost felt like I shouldn't have been reading this. If I didn't appreciate what a complicated character Marilyn was before I certainly do now.
“Very interesting and innovative take on Marilyn! Maybe there really was more to her than the public really knew about....she indeed was very fragile, as a direct result of her scattered upbringing....would she had made it through and eventually matured if the right person had come along to rescue her? One will never know!”Theresa the Goddess wrote this review Friday, September 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A few insights here but most of it is navel gazing, which gets old.”Karen J wrote this review Monday, May 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I saw this book on another book blog and it caught my eye. I was not hugely interested in Marilyn Monroe, but this is a wonderful, if slightly voyeuristic, view into the private life of a super star who's public persona was vastly different from her reality. Wish the book had had more biography to it, since I really wasn't familiar with her personal life (aside from the fact that I did know she was married to DiMaggio and Miller). An interesting read, and you don't have to be a Marilyn Monroe fan to enjoy it. ”Midnight Book Girl wrote this review Sunday, February 13, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“l really love this book it has MM's personal thoughts, and letters that puts you into her life. lt gives you a glimpse into this very beautiful, but smart American icon.”Amy B wrote this review Monday, January 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No