There's a special place in my heart that's reserved for Marilyn Monroe. Ever since I watched that fantastic movie called 'Some like it hot', I've found myself more and more intrigued by the legend that is Monroe. This book, more than any biography or movie, makes the woman behind the icon come alive.
Surely, there's some cryptical and random notes that could have been left out. It's not like I'm talking grocery lists here, but still. But it goes to show how thorough the research was, and, well, there's not really a bit of information that should go to waste.
Then who was this mystical woman? The icon of the 50s sensuality? In essence, it makes her an intelligent, educated (although slightly dyslectic) woman who is in fact struggling with her own sexuality. Rumours have always been there that Marilyn might or might not have been a lesbian, or at least bisexual. This collection of documents will neither confirm or deny that rumour. Instead, it focuses on her feelings. Feelings of loneliness. Feelings of extreme sadness. In fact, her central statement is the following ; 'Alone! I am always Alone! I am always alone no matter what!'
And this is what makes this book so interesting. It showcases a side of Marilyn that had not been explored yet. A fragile side, but also a portrait of bravery : one woman against the world. And all of that without breaking her greatest trumps : illusion and mystery.
If you are a lazy person and you skipped through to the end, which is quite okay, here's the essential : if you're a fan, read this. Well presented, interesting and from time to time, deeply touching.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to rewatch some movies.