- File Size: 769 KB
- Print Length: 443 pages
- Publisher: Triumph Productions (January 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AW1KBHE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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that I had been suckered. In a bodice-ripper like this, involving REAL
people from REAL American history, shouldn't the author portray them
as intelligent, and multi-dimensional - as well as flawed human beings?
Nope - doesn't happen here. While I sympathize with Jackie's pain, I
tired of this book's endless bickering, snide jabs, whining, and throwing
boatloads of money everywhere (on shopping and decorating). While I respected JFK's statesmanship, his intelligence, his political smarts,
and deeply mourned his assassination...I can't respect the man in THIS
book for his constant sense of sexual entitlement, and his unfeeling
stubbornness which borders on adamant stupidity. JFK wasn't Superman.
Yes, there were mistakes (i.e. Bay of Pigs, Fiddle & Faddle). But
sex games in the Oval Office? Really?
With Jackie's reverence for history, why would she heavily smog up the
Lincoln Bedroom with cigarette smoke?
By the time I reached the screaming catfight in the White House fountain,
I almost threw the book at the wall. But I slogged on. Oh, it got worse.
Really worse. To this day, we don't know how Marilyn Monroe died, but
the final theory in this book is unspeakable (to me). And Jackie's
relationship with Bobby??? At the close of Jackie's "diary." I felt
physical nausea. The real thing.
A poorly written "conspiracy" theory.
I'll be honest, I wanted to read and review this book because I've never really understood this country's fascination and love for what many refer to as the "Camelot" period in American politics. I was born just months before the assassination of John F. Kennedy but I grew up hearing about "Jackie" and everything taking place in her life post "Jack". While O! Jackie by Mercedes King is a fictional retelling of Jackie's life and proposes several interesting "what ifs", it's Ms. King's voice as an author that captured my attention. Her voice, more than anything else gave me insight and provided me with understanding into why Jackie Kennedy is and will continue to be relevant to women. Ms. King's Jackie is a woman I could identify, sympathize and feel triumph with.
This story begins shortly after the death of Jackie Kennedy with her son John Jr. going through her belongings a couple of days before they were to be auctioned off. He and his sister, Caroline, had already chosen the items they wanted to keep for themselves but going through his mother's items a second time gave John a chance to spend a few more hours among his mother's things. When John discovers a locked case hidden under several other items, he forces the lock open to discover his mother's hidden journal. A journal telling the story of her life, her thoughts and all of the events which took place during her years in the White House.
Part confession, part reflection Jackie's journal contains insight into a marriage she never planned, a political life she didn't want and the family, her children, she desperately loved. Ms. King does an excellent job relating a Jackie few ever got to see; the real woman underneath who felt loneliness, sorrow, rejection and a lot of emotional pain but who managed to convey an outward appearance of contentment, grace and poise. A woman many truly admired.
We see Jack Kennedy for the man he was, an unfaithful husband who never apologized for his mistakes or betrayals. We see how Jackie is forced over, and over again to face his sexual weakness and take on his shame. While I have never understood a woman who stays with a cheater, or admired one, Ms. King's portrayal of Jackie shows us a woman who was taught that outward appearance, and keeping one's personal problems secret, was more important than life itself. We also meet Jack's family, a group of people Jackie would never really understand or learn to care for.
So what really happened during the Camelot years in the White House? And what or who was really behind Marilyn Monroe's death? Read O'Jackie to get an interesting take on what could have happened. I enjoyed it and hope Ms. King gives us more about Jackie's life after Jack's death.