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on Nov. 11, 2013 :
The 60's are just starting to swing, the Rat Pack are riding high and the Beatles are still over the horizon. The Cuban Missile Crisis is looming and there seems to be some link between the threat of nuclear war and the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe. But however far-fetched the premise seems there's an authentic feel to this story, It's hard to tell which are the real events and real characters and which are the not very obvious inventions. And even if we all know how things turned out it's still fascinating to read how the historical events affect the characters. A compulsive read.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
on March 11, 2013 :
Watching Marilyn is a well-crafted if idiosyncratic novel. Getting into the initial pages needs a concept shift as it's written like a hard-boiled 60's detective pulp but flavored with a 21st century hindsight that has you looking back knowingly. What you find is a glamorous and at the same time seedy world where politicians and movie stars (you know which ones) were under a lot less intrusive media scrutiny than they are now. So the rich and famous could get up to almost everything with only dark rumors as consequences. Unless of course someone has to be eliminated to preserve reputations!
Yes, the book's fiction, but go with the flow, which is pretty fast-paced, and you get the feeling that it could all be true, though you'll never know for certain.
Reading this story I enjoyed a ride through the dangerous mysteries surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe, the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, with the bonus of a lot of nostalgia for an era when you could escape a nuclear explosion by ducking under the school desk! Those were the days.
(reviewed 90 days after purchase)