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Fragment: Dikter, dagboksanteckningar, brev

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  2,083 Ratings  ·  225 Reviews
Fragments is an event—an unforgettable book that will redefine one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century and that, nearly fifty years after her death, will definitively reveal Marilyn Monroe’s humanity.

Marilyn’s image is so universal that we can’t help but believe we know all there is to know of her. Every word and gesture made headlines and garnered controversy.
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published by Nordsteds (first published 2010)
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Jesse
Jan 13, 2011 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011


To be honest, I had never noticed how prominently books feature in Marilyn Monroe iconography, but now that it’s been pointed out, it’s almost impossible to miss.

Apparently, this was no accident, for as Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment ask in their introduction to this volume, do we know of any other actresses from the period who “sometimes took pains to be photographed reading or holding a book?” And this wasn’t merely a ploy to counter a fast-crystalizing reputation as an airhead, a dumb b
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April
Jan 13, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart wrenching.

I have to start out by saying that I honestly have never been a huge Marilyn Monroe buff - bowing my head I admit that I have never seen one of her films. However, I have heard endless talk of this sensationalized woman, as well as having watched a few bios of her and reading articles about her. Marilyn Monroe's story fascinates me and I find her life struggles and unexplained death heart-rendering. This is a woman whose name and story everyone knows and hypothesizes about. When
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Emad Attili
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In her funeral, Lee Strasberg said:

“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”

I think these are the best words to describe who Marilyn really was.

I couldn't suppress my tears when I was reading this book.
Marilyn Monroe is the saddest person I've ever known. She says: “I seek joy but it is clothed with pain”
And she cries: “Help Help
Help
I feel life coming closer
when
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Andis/Slytherin
Aug 20, 2015 Andis/Slytherin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book, and it was so amazing to see Marilyn's own writing. She was a woman with many fears, but she was a genius.
Jessica
Oct 18, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up watching Some Like It Hot on an annual basis. My family and I watched musicals from the 1940's and 50's, which meant Marilyn Monroe was a staple in my childhood viewing habits. When I was quite young, I learned that she had been born into deprivation, abused, and changed her name upon her entry into Hollywood. While many books and documentaries have focused on her beauty and allure and duality, they have all (seemingly) done so from the outside. The movie "My Week With Marilyn" was an ...more
Graceann
Jun 08, 2012 Graceann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film-history
If these aptly-named Fragments had been written by anyone other than the iconic Marilyn Monroe, they would have no value. However, for those who want to know what was going on behind the million-watt smile, there are some pieces here that are invaluable.

I do feel somewhat hesitant about having read this book, simply because these items (other than the letters written to others) were clearly not meant to be seen by anyone other than Marilyn herself. She jotted down stream-of-consciousness poetry
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Jesús Santana
Jun 29, 2013 Jesús Santana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Norma Jeane Mortenson o Marilyn Monroe, el icono eterno de la belleza y la sensualidad femenina, el rostro perfecto; escondía un talento impresionante. Esa belleza que se consideraba a si misma Jekyll & Hyde, ocultaba un lado lleno de sufrimiento, de melancolía, de pasión y de tristeza que los medios le prohibían mostrar y solo lograron que todo ese dolor creciera en intensidad y la llevara a finalizar su vida abruptamente.

Al morir Marilyn Monroe todas sus pertenencias llegan a manos de Lee
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Carl Rollyson
As portrayed in her own words, Marilyn Monroe emerges as thoughtful and accomplished -- not characteristics that most biographies emphasize. She had marvelous taste and could decorate a house or cook a meal with panache. Photographs in this book document her avid reading and her craving for the classics. Her diaries, letters and notes record responses to literature even as they reflect the misspellings and grammatical errors of an earnest but self-educated artist.

Monroe's unstable aspect certain
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Eyehavenofilter
Nov 05, 2012 Eyehavenofilter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marilyn-monroe
Being an avid MM fan I could not help but grab this up as soon as I saw it. I wanted to know if there was anything morethan what was portrayed on the outside, i kind of knew that there was.
With duplicates of actual writings of MM and translations of her scribbles one gets to see the more intimate side of "the Goddess". It is a side that few have gotten to see until now. A seemingly fragile yet intellegent woman with glimpses of greatness in her soul. I always knew she had it in her.
One has to k
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Sara
Oct 07, 2010 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
I read an excerpt of this book in Vanity Fair, and I was intrigued. I can report that the best parts were in fact in Vanity Fair. This book has some gorgeous photographs, but very little content - it shows the writings of a woman who was very confused, and feels intrusive and depressing. Save your money unless you are absolutely Marilyn obsessed.
Amy
Sep 01, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came out late last year and I immediately put it on my wishlist. I don't know much about Marilyn Monroe, but I find her fascinating. And I fell in love with her when I watched Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for the first time. How can you not love a character as sweet and naive as Dorothy Parker? And, from what I've read, Marilyn was just the same (although maybe not as dumb).

Fragments is a collection of notes, poems, and letters that Marilyn wrote and saved. These papers were not discovered
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Niklas Pivic
From Lee Strasberg's eulogy at Marilyn Monroe's funeral:

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
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Robert Colomer
Sep 09, 2011 Robert Colomer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am just reading this book as we speak,but I will say this,Fragments is a gripping and moving revelation of the Marilyn Monroe we have never met. It is a must read for anyone who shares the limited understanding of her persona developed over the nearly 50 years since her death. This gripping book presents her in a more appropriate and balanced light. Marilyn Monroe expressed her thoughts wherever she was on whatever was handy, using notebooks and scraps of paper, including hotel st
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Usually when one thinks of Marilyn Monroe, they think of a gorgeous, blonde sex symbol. This book displays another side to her that few have heard of. Monroe was an avid reader and sometimes writer with an interest in psychoanalysis.

I'm a huge Marilyn Monroe fan so I was interested to read this book to get a different view of her. It's a really interesting look at a person that is still so well known and beloved by so many. Some of the psychoanalysis is not the most exciting but I enjoyed readi
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Anika
May 04, 2011 Anika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been a fan of Marilyn since I was a little girl. I’ve read several biographies of her over the years, but this is a different sort of book. It’s a collection put together by an editor of poems, notes, and letters all written by Marilyn herself. It’s not exactly a cohesive collection, but the editor breaks it up well into sections. The book is an interesting glimpse into Marilyn’s life and thoughts, but also a rather sad one. Reading about her sadness and hopelessness in a biography is one t ...more
Ken
Dec 01, 2010 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long believed that I would have had a lot to talk about with Marilyn Monroe if I spent some time with her.

You tell someone that and you get a roll of the eyes and maybe some snide joke or remark.

This is a collection of notes to herself, letters, and poems in Marilyn’s own handwriting that haven't been previously published.

Yeah, it's cashing in on her name for some people, but I'm glad that they made it into a book.

Should I feel guilty about reading this?

Is it great writing? No, but it's
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Sydney
Jan 28, 2016 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars
One of my all-time favorite "novels" because it is Marilyn Monroe at her finest, at her darkest, and when she's most introspective. She was an incredibly bright and talented woman and I loved reading her personal entries, some even scribbled on random scraps of paper. It's unbelievably heartbreaking that we lost such an amazing woman so young, but she is immortalized in many other ways.

If you're interested in Marilyn Monroe, I would recommend this immediately.
Shallowreader VaVeros
This book is a study of Marilyn Monroe's writing in diaries, on hotel note papers and on other scraps of her ideas, letters to friends, poems and other pieces.

What I especially liked is the book design. Its representation of Marilyn's notes, scanned to be seen as they were written but also transcribed for the reader. I also liked how each section was separated by photograph's of Marilyn Monroe reading.

Sarika
This is very hard to review. It isn't even a book, just a collection of fabulous pictures of Marilyn and random notes and thoughts scribbled on bits of paper. How do you criticize something like that?

When I first learned about this book I wanted nothing to do with it. The whole thing smacked of exploitation and voyeurism and felt unpleasant. Well, I read it and felt utterly sympathetic to Marilyn. I can't even begin to understand the pressure she was under. Yet during all her years of fame and i
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Angela
Jan 22, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This aptly titled book contains snapshots of actual handwritten pages from Marilyn Monroe's notebooks as well as typewritten diary entries and letters written between the 1950s to her death. Photographs of Marilyn Monroe either reading or writing bookend each chapter.

Although a book of scribbling from an unknown writer or poet would never be published, Marilyn Monroe's mystique continues to captivate public attention. This volume of thoughts, impressions, images, and feelings is a bit voyeurist
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Tara
Oct 15, 2010 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read many books on Monroe over the last 25 years, but Fragments has come along after all this time and put most of them in the shade. Mainly because these are Marilyn's own words, not speculation, and she was a sensitive, witty observer of her own life. Obviously these were private musings and not intended to be viewed in a professional light, and may be misread by some. But perhaps with someone as iconic as MM, who has become almost a subject of fantasy, reading her side of the story can b ...more
Courtney Gawthorp
Dec 29, 2010 Courtney Gawthorp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I wasn't actually a fan of Marilyn Monroe until I read a biography of her by Donald Spoto. The reason I'm a fan of hers isn't because of the "dumb blonde" movies she made. I'm a fan of her for her human qualities. The ones that I relate to.

I got this book the day it came out and I love it. It's one of my most treasured books. It includes beautiful pictures of Marilyn showing the more passionate and intelligent side of her.

But best of all is seeing her own handwriting and reading the things she w
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Andrew
Dec 23, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not know too much about Marilyn's life story, so this book, containing copies of letters, lists, poems, and, yes, fragments, gave me a first insight, with a feeling of uncensored intimacy. As opposed to, maybe, the popular perception of her, she appears very literate and erudite, and, while still conveying the expected traits of wittiness and charm, they are coupled with a fragile confidence and vulnerability. This makes for a much more interesting and curious character than the glamorous, ...more
Ammar
Dec 09, 2011 Ammar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it shows the depressed Marilyn.. the real person.. she ois not a dumb blonde.. she is a well read person.. she read Ulysses, Hemingway, Faulkner, Keroauc, Mailer, and Arthur Miller. She had many friends esp writers like Capote, O'Conner.

She wrote poetry, documented her life.. on paper..tickets..any piece that could be scribed on.. she was a true human being..she wanted to be happy but no one accepted a smart blond.. they wanted her to be a 'dumb blonde' and she refused.
Jana Gutiérrez
Jun 08, 2014 Jana Gutiérrez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remarkable. The reader sees her own handwriting, the depth of her emotion, sensitivity, and even brilliance. She was more savvy and composed than people think. Very well-read too. The analysis of these written archives is very interesting too. What a loss in her early and mysterious death. But what a find in these intriguing and revealing fragments.
M.F. Moonzajer
Apr 24, 2013 M.F. Moonzajer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good post Marilyn Monroe Collection. It is a beautiful collection of Monroe's personal life, love and everything she ever had written. If you love Monroe's personality, her character and uniqueness, it is a must read for you. You will enjoy reading her handwritten notes and poems with broken English and rhyme.
Carla
Aug 01, 2015 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marilyn-monroe
This book gives us an overview of how Marilyn saw the world through fragments and notes she kept writing during her life. Although it was not meant to be shown, her vision of life and love is presented sometimes as poems through her own words and deepest thoughts.
Jenna
Jan 12, 2015 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard book to rate because it is a compilation of notes and poems. A lot of it is disjointed and hard to follow, but it makes sense considering the nature of the book. Overall if you are a Marilyn Monroe fan, you will enjoy reading this.
Angeles
Aug 21, 2016 Angeles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This could have been an absurd and boring book, instead it made me reflect on the meaning of a human life. Plus it's very entertaining and easy to read.
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Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox.
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