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Marilyn's Last Sessions Hardcover – 3 Nov 2011
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"Psychoanalysis and the darkened screen have never seemed so close. Schneider's novel is made in the image of his heroes: larger than life, tortured and downright unique." --"Evene"<br \><br \>"The edifying roman noir of Marilyn Monroe's latter years. The very beautiful "Marilyn's Last Sessions" is an unprecedented portrait of a shooting star." --"Les Inrockuptibles"
"Marvelous and insightful, a real vision of human delicacy, and one of the international novels of the year." --Andrew O'Hagan, author, "The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog" and "His Friend Marilyn Monroe"
"The whole of the thing is unique. Maybe even magnificent. And it makes for an immersing, fascinating read." --New York Journal of Books
About the Author
Michel Schneider has written on psychoanalysis, Baudelaire, Proust, Schumann and Glenn Gould. His essay collection, Morts Imaginaires (Grasset, 2003), won the Medicis Essay Award. He lives in France. Will Hobson's translations from French and German include the Goncourt Prize-winning The Battle by Patrick Rambaud (Picador), The Collector of Worlds by Iliya Troyanov (Faber) and Being Arab by Samir Kassir (Verso), which won the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award 2007. He is the author of The Redstone Inkblot Test and A Household Box: Knock Knock! Who's There? We Are!.
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I was so engrossed in the detail and dialogue of this wonderful book that I felt very close to Marilyn and very much involved in her life. It focuses heavily on her sessions with Ralph Greenson, which was what I wanted to find more about. thank you Mr Schneider for giving us a brilliant Marilyn book with incredible details!
As a counsellor myself I did find some aspects of the psychoanalytic relationship fascinating, also the influence that Freudian practitioners had on Hollywood at the time was a revelation. I think the book would be hard to follow for a lay reader, you need an understanding of transference, countertransference and the working alliance to appreciate how far Greenson, Monroe's psychoanalyst strays from the accepted Freudian path in his work with her.
Some of the dialogue especially that given to Monroe seems contrived, for example page54 "I never found love...the kind that picks out other children when they are growing up like the mysterious light on an actor's face in a movie."
The book raised questions, without attempting answers. Marilyn Monroe came over as lost and sad, but I found Greenson a very unsympathetic and one dimensional character, which is my main reason for not giving 4 stars.
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It seems every one is mentioned, like her masseuse, Capote, John Huston just to name a few.I am only 110+ pages into this book but I had to write this review to let people know that this book is a must for Marilyn fans and collectors. I feel like I have better insight into Marilyn which is to me a little bit disheartening since I have to remember that the author has a license to twist the truth since it is described as a novel, but I do feel happy I got the book and the cover is a great shot by De Dienes. I can see why it's an International Bestseller! Great inside and out. >>>>>back to reading!
In fact even my review is a waste of time and pixels because this book does not deserve a review either.
What's even worse is the fact that based on this book it was made a really terrible awful documentary which really could devastate your life. If this review would had a pitch it would have been "French don't know Storytelling".
Indeed French films don't exist on the world's market because french screenwriters don't know the Hollywood formula.
They should read more McKee, more Vogler, more Lew Hunter. Maybe if they re-start from the basics of Hollywood screenwriting they might be able to write a good movie. Then you need a director though!