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An absorbing snapshot,
This review is from: My Week With Marilyn (Paperback)
I am not a Marilyn aficionado: I simply like a good biography. This looked intriguing. To be honest, I was just expecting Clark to have had a cup of tea and a cake with Marilyn off set but the relationship is markedly more intimate than that, to say the least and won't disappoint the reader. I was interested to read other reviews comments that they doubted the veracity of the work. From my point of view, I never doubted its credibility for a moment. Clark does not employ hyperbole or melodrama. There is certainly scope for embroidery in his account which he appears to resist. In fact, the action is very understated. I did not get the impression, like some reviewers, that Clark set out to denigrate Marilyn. If anything, he seemed rather reverence her. Neither does he imbue himself with charms aplenty, indeed he comes across as a gauche, ingénue, scared and out of his depth. This is one of the things which makes the read so compelling. Any one of us could imagine ourselves there. What would we have done? How would we have reacted? Possibly Clark comes across a little too levelheaded for a lad in his early 20s but that is my only criticism. And as for hindsight playing a apart: I believe it would be extremely difficult to write anything of this nature setting aside hindsight completely. Another plus for this book is that it is beautifully and poetically written. All in all I very much enjoyed the read. I would recommend it to people interested in general biography and also to aficionados of Munroe. Whether you believe the account or not, it still makes interesting reading. As for what Marilyn would have felt: I should imagine that all these years on, in the 21st-century she would be delighted that we still write about and read about her with such interest and affection. The quest continues to find out who Norma Jeane really was.