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Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
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May 31, 2010

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Read from May 31 to June 08, 2010

Somehow never having read a Joyce Carol Oates book, I didn't know what to expect from Blonde. I was silmotaneously impressed and let down. The book is long (over 700 pages) and even being a voracious reader currently trying to drown myself in books, it took me over a week to finish. Why? I had to read it in instalments. Norma Jean and all iterations of her personality presented as different characters she had played, including Marilyn Monroe, were hard to stomach for too long. Although I eventually cared for her, I can't say I ever actually liked her or "them" as it may be.

There is no question that the book is superbly written, a Pulitzer nomination kinda gaurentees that, but is it an "I can't put this down, I am so engrossed in the story" kind of book? Not at all. I will be reading more of Oates' work but thankful that there is much to choose from and not all are quite so lengthy.

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Jakki Newton personally I think this is her best work

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