If you’ve seen the film with the fantastic Marilyn Monroe, you’re sure to enjoy this book, written as a diary of the main character Lorelai Lee, who’s a blonde but who is far from dumb. She went away from home after shooting a man and landed in New York to find her fortune. Blessed with amazing good looks, she charms every man to hand in his wallet and to do her bidding.
Lorelai Lee travels Europe with her friend and roommate Dorothy (who is mostly there for comic relief) where she meets many gentlemen, including the Prince of Wales and doctor Freud, in order to get more educated and do a little bit of shopping as well.
It’s too much to say that Anita Loos wrote this novel just for fun and laughs, especially since it was written in the middle of the roaring 20’s when women in the US started to rebel against the traditions, encouraged by the then-recent right to vote and financial independence that was brought by filling in job positions of men who were fighting in the WWI. Still, this novel left a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth.
That’s mainly a misfortune of my own, as it has nothing to do with the novel itself but with my personal distaste for the gold-digger trope.
What I really did like about the novel was how the author misspelt a lot of words and used a lot of grammatical errors to show the educational level of the main character. The writing style is especially shallow and sometimes painful to read, but it serves the purpose of being the vessel of the story. It’s pretty clever and funny at times, but it often becomes unbearable too.
That being said, I think I should lay off the fiction for a while and read something else for a change. I gave myself a headache.