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I just started last night and I'm hooked already! I wish I could have kept reading all night.

message 2: by Nicole (new)

Nicole (chaitea2) I have a really bad cold, but have put the book on my nightstand and hope to begin rereading tonight.

message 3: by Nicole (new)

Nicole (chaitea2) Thanks. Just finished watching The Misfits, Monroe's last film. Perfect timing :-)

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Nicole (chaitea2) Ok, I started it. Moving along. It's as good as I remember it being....oh, btw I went to a reading/staging of a play by JCO a few years ago--I think it was actually a new play that she had written based on Blonde, if I'm remembering correctly. Anyway, JCO was there and answered questions after the reading. I asked her about her writing process (did you know that she writes her novels out in longhand?) and then approached her afterwards as well. She told me that she had always been fascinated by Monroe, especially by a a picture of her when she was still Norma Jean and looked so innocent. Needless to say, I was so excited to be meeting JCO after so many years of reading her books. She couldn't have been more gracious. Just thought I'd share :-)

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Nicole (chaitea2) Yeah, she was so down-to-earth. No signed copy of Blonde, but I do have a copy of Black Girl/White Girl that she signed for me at a different reading. I wasn't too crazy about that book but it was cool to get her autograph!

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Melissa (melissa419) | 7 comments Count me in for the book discussion. Looking forward to everyone's opinion of this book.

message 7: by Edward (new)

Edward Creter (httpwwwedcoolcom) | 15 comments Hi Mike! I'm glad you have yet to have Joyce Carol disappoint you. I agreee she has a way with words that keep people reading her books. I've finished her book of mini-short stories, The Assignation, which is 44 stories ranging from a small paragrapf to 10 or 11 pages. Everyone is a treasure 'cos, after all, the biggest gifts come in the smallest packages. I'll read Blonde definitely but I wanna read five more first: Gravedigger's Daughter, Females of the Species, Bellefleur, My Sister My Love and Mysteries of Winterthurn. Lots of luck to you and all of you. I'm sure JCO will appreciate us as her true fans.

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Nicole (chaitea2) Edward, I am a huge Oates fan and at one point tried to read everything she had written. (I have since been distracted by other authors.)In my humble opinion, Blonde is better than both Bellefleur and the Gravedigger's Daughter. My faves are: Them, The Falls, Missing Mom, Blackwater. I may have to reread some of the early works as they are fading from memory.....

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Edward Creter (httpwwwedcoolcom) | 15 comments Nelly, I'll take your Blonde suggestion into consideration, I really will, but lemme read Gravedigger's and Bellefleur and get back with you. Glad to talk to a fellow Oatesian!

message 10: by Nicole (new)

Nicole (chaitea2) Actually, Gravedigger's is excellent. It's inpsired by her grandmother's story so that makes it even more fascinating.

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Edward Creter (httpwwwedcoolcom) | 15 comments Mike: Go for it, dude! And Nelly: thanks for lettin' me read Gravediggers. Even the fact it's based on JCO's granma's story adds to the book's "street cred" as we New Yorkers say.

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Nicole (chaitea2) You're welcome Edward :-)

message 13: by Nicole (new)

Nicole (chaitea2) I know what you mean. My problem is all the other books I just have to read first. After Black Swan Green I have a long list of fantasy novels to tackle so I've decided not to reread Blonde. I do remember it quite well though so will be happy to discuss when you get to it!

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I had to put it aside a little while ago even though I was loving it because I got a puppy and he's taking up ALL of my free time. That should start changing soon, though, and I will continue with Blonde as soon as I can. I miss reading about things other than puppy training!

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Nicole (chaitea2) Have since read Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, a couple of Neil Gaiman books, and a few other classic fantasy books. I seem to be on a serious fantasy kick. BUT. Whenever you guys are ready, I still remember what I thought of Blonde and would love to discuss.

message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Hello guys, please count me in if anyone's interested in a BLONDE discussion. Finished it last week and am still haunted by her voice.

Wrote some thoughts on it here. Would love to read yours :)


message 17: by Edward (new)

Edward Creter (httpwwwedcoolcom) | 15 comments I'm on the verge of getting Blonde from the library as we speak and I'll gladly join the discussion when I get done!

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Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the book, Edward.

Sure, Mike! :)

message 19: by Edward (new)

Edward Creter (httpwwwedcoolcom) | 15 comments You got it Claudine!

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