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Madonna: Like an Icon Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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'Like An Icon' is not perfect. It's strange; it covers Madonna from birth through motherhood, from the debut self-titled 'Madonna' album through the very early stages of 'Hard Candy'. I expected the more recent material, perhaps the 2000s onward, would be the most revealing due to the access of information. This is not the case. The most telling chapters of the book are of early, pre-fame Madonna. We learn of her parents, of her relationship with her mother and her issues with her father and brothers, all of which are reflected in some of her modern songs. We learn of Madonna's sexual assault, and how she manages to embrace sex later on in her career in an attempt to profit from it. The book reveals back stories of many of her albums and individual songs, making for a very interesting read.Read more ›
However, to be fair, this is not exactly a biography. But what's the point of a "Madonna biography" by now? Her life is the stuff of myth that even casual fans are familiar with. Instead, O'Brien only focuses attention on Madonna's personal life when it relates to her art, her passion and her identity as an artist. It's more of a character study, and a very insightful one. Her mother's subservience, religious fanaticism, and untimely death made Madonna reject traditional values. Although this is well-known by now, O'Brien adds dimension and legitimacy to this theory. The sexual assault she faced in New York compelled her to project an image of assertiveness and control, in order to prevent losing control and facing attack again. This dominating attitude was reflected in her work, constantly turning the tables on men in the game of sex. The details on her love life were also only mentioned when they related to her music.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love almost everything about this book. Lucy O'Brian observes Madonna "a muse, a creator, and a sexual being". Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anna Nekrylova
I was very pleased with this book. Ms. O'Brien was in-depth and thorough in her research on Madonna. She is a fan, and that showed in her work. Read morePublished 11 months ago by BlackUrsa
Kept reading past midway....never materialized 8nto much. Sorry I wasted my time.Published 13 months ago by cami