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Ell conveyed I found the details of ach of her productions a bit tedious but understood they had to be thereThe chapters about Marlene s To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, engagement in warfforts her singing and To Dwell in Darkness (Duncan Kincaid Gemma James, entertaining of the Allied troops were one of the best parts of the book She made twoxtended tours for the United Service Organization traveling to Algiers Italy and Belgium I was pulled in She had found a cause to fight for a cause important than herself She gave herself wholeheartedly without reservation Looking at how she behaved and how other Germans behaved and viewed themselves is interestingly xplored There is no author s note at least in the audio version You are not told if the author has altered known facts This is disappointing I assume the author has stuck to the known facts and simply invented conversations The audiobook is narrated by Bernadette Dune It is asy to follow and she uses different voices for characters of different nationalities Her American accent is best German is OK and French bad Mutti sounded like Moody I was totally stumped until I figured out Marlene was speaking of her mom Heck you do understand so the narration is not bad I ve been a fan of CW Gortner s books long before I met and befriended him at a conference and Marlene Dietrich is perhaps my favorite of his heroines She comes to life on the page a swearing smoking bisexual goddess of sin From her The Serpent of Venice early days as schoolgirl violinist to her sashay through the Berlin cabarets of the 30s all the way to her meteoric rise through golden age Hollywood she fascinates honestnough to say she doesn t really have much in the way of acting talent determined Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels, enough to succeed anyway a self made beauty whose remarkable charisma collected numberless admirers Famous men and women parade in and out of Marlene s bed and life she is refreshingly direct in hernjoyment of sex and Gortner never slut shames he shows Marlene s tremendous gift for friendship as she remains friends with her Kiss of Surrender (Deadly Angels, ex lovers and never stints to help when they are in trouble Her unflinching stand against Nazism and her final triumph as darling of the USO tours and the American GIs is mesmerizing and her final page stays with me poignant and triumphant Marlene Dietrich is larger than life here and yet also very very human When I was a young girl my sister and I spent many weekends with my maternal grandparents As the only grandchildren they spoiled is with a great deal of attention and love On Saturdayvening we watched old movies my grandfather loved the golden days of Hollywood and as a German loved Marlene Dietrich He always said she was a hell of a women who had lived nine livesThe book starts when Marlene is a school girl in Berlin living with her younger sister Liesel and her mother Her grandmother shows and tells Marlene how beautiful she is and how this will open doors for her She grew into a very determined woman did things her own way became a success in Hollywood and had indiscriminate love affairs with both men and women Although married with one child Marlene generally lived life the way she wanted Although married a marriage that would last both partners had other relations often the others love interest lived with them and was accepted by both spouses So strange but true nonetheless But she was The Weirdstone of Brisingamen extremely loyal supported all till thend always aware of her responsibilitiesGolden days of Hollywood one of my favorite parts all the leading players and notaries of the day John Wayne Bette Davis Gary Cooper Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth as well as Hemingway and Remarue Then of course Hitler and the war afraid for mother and sister left in Germany She would do than her part in the war going on a USO tour with Danny Thomas and what she sees will forever change her outlook her character Gortner does a wonderful job showing is just how complex this woman was how much inner strength she possessed how much of a survivor By books Vastarien, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (English Edition) end she hadarned my admiration as had the author The author note details what happened in her life after the Rain (Paper Gods, end of the book andxplains why he Winters Passage (The Iron Fey, ended the book where he did A wonderful book about an amazing womanARC from publisher 35 stars if I could but rounded up to 4I can t say that I vever seen any of her movies but that didn t diminish at all my interest in reading this biographical novel of Marlene Dietrich I do remember seeing clips seeing how beautiful she was and hearing that sultry voice The first person narration gives this novel an almost genuine autobiographical feel Yet when I read a fictionalized account of a famous person I always have that uestion lurking in my mind how does the author know that this is what the person would have thought or said Then I think about how wonderfully creative the author was by taking the facts of Marlene s life and imagining what she was like and bringing her to life on these pagesIntroduced to the cinematographe by a teacher little did she know at the time where she would ultimately be Raised by her strict widowed mother who attempts to shape Marlene s life by forcing her to study as a violinist It is during this time as a music student that Marlene begins her journey to become her own person She has an affair with music teacher goes to theatersbars and halls The focus then is on her relationships with men and women a free style unconventional life for the times and trying to The Replacement Wife establish herself as an actress I wanted the first half to move a little faster at times while her career was revving up and couldn t wait to get to when she comes to Hollywood But so fascinating to watch as her career develops from singer to actress from stage to films Finally halfway through the book she sets sail for Hollywood The big names Gary Cooper David O Selznick Claudette Colbert and Cary Grant my favorite. Th her sultry beauty smoky voice seductive silk cocktail dresses and androgynous tailored suits Marlene performs to packed houses and becomesntangled in a series of stormy love affairs that push the boundaries of social convention For the beautiful desirous Lili Marlene neither fame nor marriage and motherhood can cure her wanderlust As Hitler and the Nazis rise to power she sets sail for America Rivaling the success of another European import Greta Garbo Marlene uickly becomes one of Hollywood’s leading ladies starring with legends such as Gary Cooper John Wayne and Cary Grant Desperate for her return Hitler tries to lure her with dazz.
And it was then that the glamour and Damned (Witch Hunt excitement of thera came to life as well as the toughness and cut throat aspects of the film industry and the control that the studios had over the actors The war and her personal life her love affairs as well as her success in film are the focus of the second half It s a fascinating life story for sure and while I m definitely not a prude the The Bluebird Bet (Welcome to Tall Pines explicit sex scenes in my view really weren t necessary to relate Dietrich s relationships For me the best part of the story is how she stood up to the Nazis andntertained Allied troops displaying a strength of character that I have to admit I uestioned Hot-Blooded Italians earlier While the booknds in the mid 1940 s after the war and we don t see the rest of her life Gortner has definitely accomplished what he set out to do as noted in the Afterword I can only hope my admiration for her shines through and that in a small way I ve done her spirit justice Thanks to William MorrowHarperCollins and Edelweiss Marlene by CW Gortner is a 2016 William Morrow publication I will admit up front that I did not realize this was a work of fiction at first I was a little disappointed since I was hoping for a traditional biography but it was my own fault for not reading the synopsis carefully I had not Mlynowski Teen Thriller experienced this type of biographical fiction until recently but I found it to be an intriguing way of telling a person s life story This one though was not a factual as I would have liked with some suggestions being so incredible I had to do a Google search to see if it was true The information wasn t necessarily outright false since there is no way to disprove or validate it so I suppose it s up to the reader to decide what they want to believe or not I do understand this is a novel and liberties were taken I just wish I knew what was fact and what was fictionYet it is obvious the author did his research and not only does he know his subject but he obviously admired her and was true to her legacy Despite my misunderstanding of the book s format I still found myself mesmerized by the story Marlene was uite the character and certainly lived life on her own terms as much as she could Her first person narrative is often amusing and I think it did capture the woman sssence in some ways She was bold promiscuous forthright yet manipulative at times loved to shock and offend play games with people and live large But she lived for herself it seems and only herself Reggie even though she had a husband and daughter she rarely saw or had much of a relationship with Her feelings never seemed to run too deeply in my opinion Yet she was refreshing in that what you see is what you get way and of course she absolutely defined glamour She was a trendsetter and gender bender and was well ahead of her time She was adored by male and female fans alike Marlene Dietrich is a legend and her willingness to push thenvelope puts her in a class all by herself well almost No biographical accounting of Marlene s life would be complete without mentioning the famed rivalry between Marlene and Greta Garbo which was Switchback explained and played up here just as the press did at the height of their popularity and fame I think both actresses deserved credit both were special and ahead of their time but to me Marlene was muchdgier and seemed to Marrying Marcus (Virgin Brides, enjoy being that way Her teasing and daring literally jumps out at you from the screen and leaves a lasting impression The novelnds without Belonging (Temptation, exploring the latter years of her life where shexperienced very hard times as well as njoying many bright spots before she became totally reclusive struggling with addiction and ill health While the book just stops in a jarringly abrupt and awkward way I felt the author s focus on her arly life was probably a good idea CaddyGirls especially since it captures the atmosphere surrounding the second world war so well and Marlene s staunch stand against the Nazi s and Hitler While she was often untouched by what was going on due to her work schedule she did become attune and shunned Berlin most of her life Another pivitol part of her life were her years with director von Sternberg and it was only fitting that some time was spentxamining this relationship and the obvious impact it had on Marlene s rise to superstar status as well as Assignment examining the ultimate downfall of the collaboration which also sent Marlene onto a different path career wise so it was all very fascinating There were many critical insights into Marlene s life and how she chose to live it She isven now a controversial figure but one that is remembered as one of the best actresses of all time I would like to find a comprehensive biography which will tell the whole of Marlene s life and is written in the traditional biographical format If anyone has a suggestion feel free to recommend one It s been years since I ve watched one of Dietrich s films and I will admit a little sheepishly that the movies I remember her by the most are the ones she made later in her life such as Witness for the Prosecution and not her groundbreaking roles like Blue Angel Lola Lola probably because they were readily assessable but this book has me thinking of doing some binge watching one day soonI have on occasion lamented the bygone Philosophy of Religion era of such beautiful glamour of the risk takers and the trailblazers and the multi talented performers with wide ranging depth and acting range Marlene was all of those things and All you had to do was look into those soulfulyes just once and you were under her spell This is certainly an interesting spin on Marlene s life through her own words which was both interesting and occasionally shocking ven now Although this was not the type of book I went looking for I am glad I happened across it It s different for sure but was well done overall 4 stars. Ling promises Marlene instead chooses to become an American citizen and after her new nation is forced into World War II tours with the USO performing for thousands of Allied troops in Europe and Africa But one day she will return to Germany Escorted by General George Patton himself Marlene is heartbroken by the war’s devastation and the vil legacy of the Third Reich that has transformed her homeland and the family she loved An The Spirituality Revolution enthralling and insightful account of thisxtraordinary legend Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit glamour and ambition who defied convention seduced the world and forged her own path on her own ter.
Marlene Dietrich Even her name seemed to perfectly typify her And she went through a number of stages the upper class girl violinist turned rowdy German cabaret singer in the 20s To the tuxedo tragedienne in the series of dramatically lit set pieces in the 1930sCrusader against Nazism in the 40s renouncing Hitler s offer and Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) entertai DNF not because it was not a good book because it was and the writing was fantastic but simply because of the subject matter I thought I would be fascinated by this amazing lady but notnough to put this book ahead of some other books I ve been waiting to read during the summer Because I love this author and he is a personal friend of mine I will go back and read this book once I m caught up with my highly anticipated thrillers and no doubt absolutely love it At that point a review will follow Prior to reading this book I basically knew that Marlene Dietrich was an Old Hollywood star with absolutely stunning bone structure who was originally from Germany not much at all In this book CW Gortner breathes life into this woman and shows why she is still so well remembered by so many She is a fascinating person and it Economies and Cultures easy to see why she makes such a great subject for this historical fiction The book is told from the perspective of Marlene I absolutely loved being able to really step into her shoes through this book and see what she saw Marlene does a lot of living particularly in thearlier years of her life and it was great to see it through her Designing with Web Standards eyes and to hear herxplain what she was going through and what she was thinking The book starts during her very Sadies Surrender (Oyster Harbor, early life as a schoolgirl in Germany so we get to know her well before she became a Hollywood siren I loved how Gortner shows her progression from a rather shy young girl to someone who isn t afraid to put herself out there She indulges in many pleasures throughout her young life Her rise to Hollywood was also wonderful to read aboutI ve read several of Gortner s books before and I love his way with words He does a great job of creating very uniue voices for his characters and making them incredibly memorable By thend of the book Marlene felt incredibly intimate to me and this book only whetted my appetite to read about her in the future The descriptions are a true treat for my fellow historical fiction fans Marlene Dietrich wasn t an icon for me until I saw her in Destry Rides Again and then I wanted to see all her movies I knew that she first had success in Weimar Germany My concept of Weimar Germany is based on The Berlin Stories The Last of Mr NorrisGoodbye to Berlin a short story collection by Christopher Isherwood which is best known for its musical adaptation Cabaret I imagined Marlene Dietrich within that Structure Of The Nucleus environment which was so unconventional and so free This was the Marlene Dietrich that Ixpected to see in Marlene by C W Gortner and he met my First Anthology expectations in spades I received my copy of Marlene from Edelweiss in return for this honest reviewAs I read CW Gortner s vision of Marlene Dietrich I felt that she represented Weimar Germany s zeitgeist a German word that means the spirit of the time and she never really became part of Hollywood Hollywood studios tried to dictate what sort of life she led but she carved out anxistence for I won this book through Goodreads giveaway and thank you very muchBut very much a so so read A lot of tell vs show and dialogue that often says too much People don t often speak the obvious not to close friends family members Releasing The Power Within Through Spiritual Dynamics etc Anyhow when I read the dialogue aloud it sounded artificial in places soAs for the novel itself it purports to take the majorvents of Marlene Dietrich s life and Passage Through Crisis expand on them I d rather read a biography and I think when Intered the contest that s what I believed this was A good solid bio Though the words A Novel should have been a major clue right Hey I m getting oldBut it s as if someone took a timeline and wrote the significant Science, Technology and Culture events of Dietrich s life on it then tried to connect them by writing out various scenarios to fill the spaces between Anyhow not impressed though with all the four and five star reviews maybe I m missing somethingNo don t Beware this book does not cover Marlene Dietrich sntire life She was born in 1901 and died in 1992 The book starts with her school years It abruptly The Road to Einsteins Relativity ends after the Second World War It just stops I was so surprised I went back and checked if I had downloaded the whole book Is there a follow up planned I do think readers should be warned You are left hanging without clear information forxample of her sister s fate After the war Marlene searched for her sister She was thought to be in Berlin She wasn t She demanded help from Marlene She and her husband had run the canteen and films at Bergen Belsen Collaborators or just one of the many doing what they were told to do So too abrupt an Black Boy ending and readers are not told the book only covers half of Marlene s life Her acting her singing the movies she made her relationships with famed co stars directors and authors it is all here Her love life is covered in detail There is a lot of sex and it isxplicit She grew up in Berlin of the 20s The cabarets were home to her and to transvestites lesbians and men homosexually inclined Marlene s bisexual appetite is Nighttime Sweethearts expounded Marlene tells us her own story How she felt about sex and how she used sex is a central theme Because she had so many relationships with so many men and women wellach relationship kind of loses its force Just another in the stack of the many Yet we do come to understand Marlene or at least how she probably viewed her own life The acting profession is one of selling oneself The reader has to be prepared for that I felt the atmosphere of the cabaret life of Berlin in the 20s was A lush dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood’s golden age Marlene Dietrich from the gender bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood a sweeping story of passion glamour ambition art and war from the author of Mademoiselle ChanelRaised in genteel poverty after the first World War Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage When a budding career as a violinist is cut short the willful teenager vows to become a singer trading her family’s proper middle class society for the free spirited louche world of Weimar Berlin’s cabarets and drag balls Wi.
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