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Gentlemen prefer blondes : the illuminating diary of a professional lady (original 1925; edition 1992)

by Anita Loos

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Title:Gentlemen prefer blondes : the illuminating diary of a professional lady
Authors:Anita Loos
Info:London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1992.
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012
Tags:source=Impact, cost=35, retail=895, origpub=1925, 1920s, jazz age, flappers, encyclopediacs, diary, thinking, Button King, Paris, Etiquette, Mr Ginzburg, Mr Mountginz, self-improvement, Little Rock AR, girl with brains like I, veecount, Eyefull Tower, advocat, sharmant, Rue de la Paix, oriental express, nothing but sunshine, gold diggers, marry a millionaire

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I ended up liking this more than I thought I would, it is startling to realize that it was written more than 90 years ago. There were several moments that I laughed out loud. I need to re-watch one of the movies. ( )
  kcshankd | Jun 11, 2016 |
I found this book to be very entertaining and extremely silly. Although i its short I had to read it in chunks because it started to grate on me after too much time, so it took a while. That said, the voice of the protagonist was endearing and funny and it was a great fun read. ( )
  GraceZ | Sep 6, 2014 |
While at times it was entertaining and hilarious, I was mostly bored as I read the book. Lorelei is extraordinarily brainless and the best parts are where she is being insulted and takes it as a compliment. Loos does a brilliant job of capturing Lorelei's character in the words and how she uses them on the page (intentionally rife with misspellings and repeated words (very 90s Valley Girl esque only "so" and "and" and "really" instead of "like" and "totally"). ( )
  CSTaylor24 | Mar 5, 2014 |
A very very very light but amusing book. In fact it was so light, I was surprised it did not float to the ceiling when I put it down! Easily read in an hour or two, and perfect for a time when you are slightly down and feel that your mood needs to be lightened.
  wcarter | Dec 3, 2013 |
Stanford's "Another Look" Book Club got me to read Anita Loos comic masterpiece "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in Kindle format since I was too embarrassed to put the actual book on my shelf. The Marilyn Monroe film version is wonderful in a very different way, placed in a 1950s context, while the book is pure 1920s flapper jazz age. The 1925 book is told in the voice of a young female con artist-grifter whose blythe spirit, sexy looks, and commercial cunning raise her out of a background of rape and violence into moneyed luxury and even marriage to a millionaire. But she is no ordinary gold-digger, she is writing this diary (with inspired malapropisms) as she travels to the Central of Europe and encounters Munchen with its High Brow Kunst and Half Brow beer. She encounters Dr. Froyde in Vienna, and he tells her she needs a few more inhibitions, and to get some sleep. While she writes she starts to script her life and writes herself a highly improbably happy ending worthy of Disney Hollywood: she marries a boring millionaire but links up with another low life to write movie "scenarios." Her Presbyterian husband underwrites the films and works as the censor to edit out the steamy scenes, something he enjoys doing. As Lorelei says it's all devine. It would seem like total fantasy except that at the same time Anita Loos was writing it, Clare Boothe (the other loose woman) lived the story in real life as a showgirl turned writer and married her first millionaire at age 20...
  ElenaDanielson | May 29, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0871401703, Paperback)

The delirious 1925 Jazz-Age classic that no less an authority than Edith Wharton called "the great American novel."

If any American fictional character of the twentieth century seems likely to be immortal, it is Lorelei Lee of Little Rock, Arkansas, the not-so-dumb blonde who knew that diamonds are a girl's best friend. Outrageous, charming, and unforgettable, she's been portrayed on stage and screen by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe and has become the archetype of the footloose, good-hearted gold digger, with an insatiable appetite for orchids, champagne, and precious stones. Here are her "diaries," created by Anita Loos in the Roaring Twenties, as Lorelei and her friend Dorothy barrel across Europe meeting everyone from the Prince of Wales to "Doctor Froyd"-and then back home again to marry a Main Line millionaire and become a movie star. In this delightfully droll and witty book, Lorelei Lee's wild antics, unique outlook, and imaginative way with language shine.

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MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION (POST C 1945). 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, Lorelei's glamorous pragmatism shines, as does Anita Loos's mastery of irony and dialect. A craze in its day and with ageless appeal, this new Liveright edition puts Lorelei back where she belongs: front and center.… (more)

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