Marilyn Monroe is 85, the victim of a fire set purposefully to destroy her. This is the memoir she writes of what really happened from the night she was rescued in August, ‘62 until June 1, 2011 when the book starts, her 85th birthday.
Told in her own voice and propelled by the various lifestyles she tries on in her search to dig beneath the character that she created for the movies to the real woman inside, the book is two stories. While we read to learn what caused the horrible accident that ruined her face, she writes of her recovery from the addictions that subsumed her in Hollywood, her life as an average woman traveling with a young lover in Europe; her final goodbye to DiMaggio. As senior citizen Marilyn’s face is recreated she tells what happened to her fortune and then how she supported herself, how it felt when her face and body aged, how lust continued into her late years and how she fell in love when she thought all of that was behind her.
THE MEMOIR OF MARILYN MONROE is a mix of fiction, myth and Marilyn history.
Now when you read that synopsis, you think that you are going to be in for a really great, meaty book that you can sink your teeth into. Being a huge Marilyn Monroe fan (how can I not since I grew up with the name Norma Jean), I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book.
Unfortunately, that excitement was short lived. When I received the book in the mail, I knew that this wasn’t going to be as great as I expected. First off, instead of having a story synopsis on the back of the book, there is nothing but self promotion on the author’s behalf. She took the entire back of the book to tell her wonderful editorial skills. I know that this book is an ARC and therefore prone to more errors then a regular off the shelf book. However, you would think that an editor writing a book would be a little more self-conscious of editorial errors.
The story itself was a jumble of memory fragments thrown together in a blender and then served up on a plate like yesterday’s left overs. I was not impressed with Sandi’s editing skills nor her writing ability.
I know that it is difficult to put yourself out there and write what you feel. It is even more difficult when you feel you did a great piece, but others don’t see it that way. However, I have to speak what my truth is and my truth is that I did not like this book at all.
If it wasn’t for the fact that it was extremely short (178 pages) and in an overly large font size, I probably would not have bothered to finish this book.
The most interesting part of the book was the original detox that Marilyn had gone through. However, since the book was short, that scene was very small.
I wish that I could have better words about this book. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case.
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