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Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters Audio CD – Bargain Price, October 12, 2010
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This book is for the people that truly cared about Marilyn the person, and want to learn about her true self. This is a book with her thoughts, feelings. There are poems, personal letters, and written thoughts throughout the book.
A high quality scanned picture of the actual page that she wrote things on is placed side by side with an easy-to-read transcription on the other page. The pictures included might not be new to some fans, but there are many beautiful pictures included.
Although the book is 230 something pages in length, it's actually half of that because of the scanned pictures, which contain the exact content of the transcripted pages. I also doubt this is the only content there is available of Marilyn's writings.
Overall, a book for anybody that would appreciate an insight into the woman that truly was Marilyn. A woman who loved, doubted herself, and fought interpersonally.
After reading this, her short life will be sincerely tragic, and you will see Marilyn in a new way, as a person, and not an object or another 50s actress, life most people do.
Marilyn Monroe was so much more than an actress or sex symbol, as proven in this book. She was a genuine human being.
With this book Fragments, we have for the first time what Marilyn thought, what she wrote, and how she was. We see her gifts as a person and her craft, not the image, not the notoriety. In the 1950's she came to New York and grew very close to Lee Strasberg, who was the head of the Actor's Studio. Strasberg who we all know as the Meyer Lansky type figure in the second Godfather movie was very enamored of Marilyn as we all were.
The funniest line in the book is when Strasberg who is a stickler for being on time complains to her about being timely for meetings. She says she simply cannot be on time. Strasberg's response was, "Then be early."
When she died in the summer of 1962, she left her belongings to Strasberg who was married to a much younger woman Anna. Years later, Anna went through the boxes that Marilyn had entrusted to Strasberg. Mrs. Strasberg came across a collection of writings on random pieces of paper such as hotel stationery, envelopes, and a series of different notebooks never completed. The writings also included poems, some finished, some unfinished.
Much of the material was written in a disjointed fashion, with scribing and cross outs, sentences started here, and finished somewhere else. Marilyn had her own way of doing things.Read more ›
What is surprising is how confident Marilyn Monroe appears in her movies and how insecure she felt in real life. Even more shocking is that such a beautiful soul was depressed and wished she was dead! Some of her poems indicate this.
Also, from such a sexy person you would expect a much larger amount of sensual writing. There is one note about not wearing a bra and this made her feel sensual. But other than this one note and a poem about one of her husbands, she seems silent on this subject. Instead what she says about her marriage is this: "I think to love bravely is the best and accept-as much as one can bear."
What I loved most about this book is the great quantity of black-and-white photographs throughout, especially any picture where Marilyn is reading. It was also surprising to read that she owned a library of 400 books!
While many of the poems in this book are revealing, the lines I love best reveal a profound beauty of soul: "but strong as a cobweb in the wind - I exist more with the cold glistening frost."
If she had not died at such a young age, I imagine she would have written many more beautiful poems.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read. Lots of pictures and thoughts written by MarilynPublished 8 days ago by kathleen van wagoner
I love this book. I get to know the real person behind Marilyn Monroe. She was very smart.Published 1 month ago by Samantha
This was a gift. I went for this seeing as it a more interesting take on Marilyn. Not a bunch of word of mouth and conspiracy theories, but what she herself said. Read morePublished 2 months ago by pretending2bme
There is no real fan base here. Just descendants of her acquaintances who fill the role. Norma Jeane survived her overdose (she's a redhead now). She still spreads. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Sequined Demure
I love this book. I'm a huge Marilyn Monroe fan and this was such an awesome read.Published 2 months ago by Corine Co
I LOVE Marilyn Monroe, that being said, this book was absolutely awful! It sounded like she was trying too hard to be come off as intelligent, the truth is she was a terrible... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mata Charan