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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos and Jenny Mcphee

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List Price: £9.99

 

Paperback: 160 Pages.

Published: 11 March 2014 by Liveright

Edition: Reissue

ISBN: 087140317X

EAN: 9780871403179

This delirious 1925 Jazz Age classic introduced readers to Lorelei Lee, the small-town girl from Little Rock, who has become one of the most timeless characters in American fiction. Outrageous and charming, this not-so-dumb blonde has been portrayed on stage and screen by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe and has become the archetype of the footloose, good-hearted gold digger (not that she sees herself that way). Masquerading as her diaries, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes follows Lorelei as she entertains suitors across Europe before returning home to marry a millionaire. In this delightfully droll and witty book,

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More complex than it first appears

The story is narrated by our “heroine” Lorelei in an artful manner. On the surface Lorelei appears to be a girl out for a good time. She links up with rich men who buy her what she wants in exchange for her company (and perhaps more, the book is not explicit). Lorelei is writing a journal because her “friend” thinks that she should be more educated. As the ill spelled and naïve diary continues you are introduced to Lorelei’s raft of men folk and see how she makes the decision about who to spend time with – actually based on what they give her. The story is amusing and entertaining as Lorelei and her friend Dorothy career across Europe being unexcited by culture and educating the men they meet in what a woman needs (diamonds, flowers and a good time mainly).

Although the book appears superficial it is fascinating because Lorelei is a monster. She is manipulative and cunning and makes sure that she always gets her own way. She lives off the men who court her and then dumps them remorselessly while continuing on to the next best prospect – and she makes it clear that she will collect evidence to ruin her suiters unless they do exactly what she wants. The price that they pay for a pretty face and a lovely woman’s time can be quite high.

This book works because you can read it at these two levels – were it just the surface story I think that it would wear a bit thin. I’m not quite sure what to make of Lorelei and her manoeuvring but it’s an amusing, easy and quick read.

 
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