C.W. Gortner: Marlene AUTHOR C.W. Gortner



Ions in spades I received my copy f Marlene from Edelweiss in return for this honest reviewAs I read CW Gortner s vision Death by Inferior Design of Marlene Dietrich I felt that she represented Weimar Germany s zeitgeist a German word that means the spiritf the time and she never really became part f Hollywood Hollywood studios tried to dictate what sort f life she led but she carved Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 out an existence for herself that was independentf Hollywood expectations She always looked for ways to get around rules in rder to do as she pleased Readers who are uncomfortable with a protagonist who has a great deal f sex with both genders should not read this book Neither should readers who are upset by adultery Marlene was bisexual and had unconventional views about relationshipsI found this novel very entertaining and I would definitely read another book by CW Gortner For my complete review see I won this book through Goodreads giveaway and thank you very muchBut very much a so so read A lot f tell vs show and dialogue that ften says too much People don t A Philosophy of Cinematic Art often speak thebvious not to close friends family members etc Anyhow when I read the dialogue aloud it sounded artificial in places soAs for the novel itself it purports to take the major events The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of Marlene Dietrich s life and expandn them I d rather read a biography and I think when I entered 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 White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs oldBut it s as if someone took a timeline and wrote the significant eventsf Dietrich s life n it then tried to connect them by writing ut 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 think so Beware this book does not cover Marlene Dietrich s entire life She was born in 1901 and died in 1992 The book starts with her school years It abruptly 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 for example Scab 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 Collaboratorsr just ne f the many doing what they were told to do So too abrupt an ending and readers are not told the book Indo No Kao only covers halff 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 f sex and it is explicit She grew up in Berlin f the 20s The cabarets were home to her and to transvestites lesbians and men homosexually inclined Marlene s bisexual appetite is expounded Marlene tells us her Giant Peach Yodel 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 well each relationship kindf loses its force Just another in the stack Sinai and Zion of the many Yet we do come to understand Marlener at least how she probably viewed her wn life The acting profession is ne f selling neself The reader has to be prepared for that I felt the atmosphere f the cabaret life f Berlin in the 20s was well conveyed I found the details Iniquity of eachf her productions a bit tedious but understood they had to be thereThe chapters about Marlene s engagement in war efforts her singing and entertaining f the Allied troops were ne f the best parts f the book She made two extended 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 ther Germans behaved and viewed themselves is interestingly explored 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 easy to follow and she uses different voices for characters f different nationalities Her American accent is best German is OK and French bad Mutti sounded like Moody I was totally stumped until I figured Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook out Marlene was speakingf her mom Heck you do understand so the narration is not bad I ve been a fan f CW Gortner s books long before I met and befriended him at a conference and Marlene Dietrich is perhaps my favorite f his heroines She comes to life Livin' de Life on the page a swearing smoking bisexual goddessf sin From her early days as schoolgirl violinist to her sashay through the Berlin cabarets The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of the 30s all the way to her meteoric rise through golden age Hollywood she fascinates honest enough to say she doesn t really have much in the wayf acting talent determined enough to succeed anyway a self made beauty whose remarkable charisma collected numberless admirers Famous men and women parade in and ut f Marlene s bed and life she is refreshingly direct in her enjoyment Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of sex and Gortner never slut shames he shows Marlene s tremendous gift for friendship as she remains friends with her ex lovers and never stints to help when they are in trouble Her unflinching stand against Nazism and her final triumph as darlingf 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 The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta only grandchildren they spoiled is with a great dealf attention and love On Saturday evening we watched ld movies my grandfather loved the golden days f Hollywood and as a German loved Marlene Dietrich He always said she was a hell f 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 pen doors for her She grew into a very determined woman did things her wn way became a success in Hollywood and had indiscriminate love affairs with both men and women Although married with ne child Marlene generally lived life the way she wanted Although married a marriage that would last both partners had ther relations ften the Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge others love interest lived with them and was accepted by both spouses So strange but true nonetheless Th her sultry beauty smoky voice seductive silk cocktail dresses and androgynous tailored suits Marlene performs to packed houses and becomes entangled in a seriesf stormy love affairs that push the boundaries Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars 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 successf another European import Greta Garbo Marlene uickly becomes ne f 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.

Marlene Dietrich Even her name seemed to perfectly typify her And she went through a number f stages the upper class girl violinist turned rowdy German cabaret singer in the 20s To the tuxedo tragedienne in the series f dramatically lit set pieces in the 1930sCrusader against Nazism in the 40s renouncing Hitler s ffer and entertaining troops n the front lines And 50s60s her comeback with a number f great films A Foreign Affair Witness for the Prosecution Judgment at Nuremberg and her discovery f Burt Bacharach and stage shows is perhaps my fave Dietrich period She s always been an interesting mix The Deadline of contradictions her movies were generally foreign adventuress who must pay for her passion in some way with enough subversion to wink at the whole thing but she was also a beloved American celebrity and totally believable as a rough proprietressf a saloon hall Too many books waste too much ink comparing her to Garbo I think Other than they were both foreign and beautiful with striking looks and dated some f the same people I don t see anything in relation to each ther than say Delores Del Rio who also lands in all the above categories I could see a better comparison between Dietrich and Mae West Both self made icons both with very distinct images Garbo Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling only had 1 Leave Me The Hell Alone Both did a lotf period pictures and were best at scenarios crafted around them Both were famous for singing and transformed their careers around that even though neither had what you would call traditional voices Both played with gender look at all the rumors involving West and you know they both spoke German and their dressing rooms were next door to each Ready to Restore other in Paramount If I was going to write a fictional book about Dietrich there would be lotsf gossiping between West Dietrich who remained good friends for life Where was Travis Banton in this book Mentioned nce I think Where was John Gilbert Where was Edith Piaf Instead we get Bette Davis trying to seduce Dietrich in rder to get her to help at the Hollywood Canteen Passages like this What do I have to do to convince you Suddenly her short nailed hand with its smoldering cigarette was Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel on my knee I ll do anything she crooned At that point I just mentally threw this book away but keptn reading and there were a few scenes Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) of a desperate and sweaty Davis throwing herself at Dietrich Now I am no Dietrich expert I venly read 8 Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History or so booksn her and seen maybe 20 Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio of her movies but Bette Davis I could answer uestions about all day and the above never happened Bette Davis was not gay and that above scene would never gone down like thatver The Hollywood Canteen a CAUSE the women were passionate about And it seems kind Regarde, c'est maman ! of cheap and crummy to insert sex that demonstrably never happened and why Bette Davis when Dietrich has tonsf The Bricklayer other acknowledged paramours to pick from I blame Darwin Porter Heck maybe Kenneth Anger is the rootf this and it s devolved to almost sleazy fanfiction What s next Claudette Colbert and Jimmy Durante involved in some rgy with Marie Dressler I think there s a really good book about Marlene that could be done She was such an interesting woman for whom rules never really applied that became an icon and how painful that process is She was at the perfect studio for her Paramount much like how Davis was perfect for Warner Brothers and Norma Shearer for MGM There could have been down with von Sternberg in this book It has a really harsh view f their relationship I don t think it was healthy any than Garbo and Stiller were but with Marlene all Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation of her relationships with exes was always amicable Found a lotf it shallow but Marlene I think is a tough person to portray because she was so multifaceted And I give the book credit for its depiction The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) of Camilla Horn She was someone whose performances I hated so much she was terrible in The Tempest that I never knew that she was German much less her defiance to the Nazis as well And what was up with all the gross smoking scenesr Marlene grinding ut cigarettes n carpets She was such a neat freak I don t see that happening DNF not because it was not a good book because it was and the writing was fantastic but simply because Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West of the subject matter I thought I would be fascinated by this amazing lady but not enough to put this book aheadf some Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off other books I ve been waiting to read during the summer Because I love this author and he is a personal friendf mine I will go back and read this book nce 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 riginally 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 easy to see why she makes such a great subject for this historical fiction The book is told from the perspective We, the People of Marlene I absolutely loved being able to really step into her shoes through this book and see what she saw Marlene does a lotf living particularly in the earlier years Single of her life and it was great to see it through her eyes and to hear her explain what she was going through and what she was thinking The book starts during her very 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 herselfut there She indulges in many pleasures throughout her young life Her rise to Hollywood was also wonderful to read aboutI ve read several f Gortner s books before and I love his way with words He does a great job f creating very uniue voices for his characters and making them incredibly memorable By the end f the book Marlene felt incredibly intimate to me and this book nly 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 f Weimar Germany is based n The Berlin Stories The Last f 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 environment which was so unconventional and so free This was the Marlene Dietrich that I expected to see in Marlene by C W Gortner and he met my expectat. A lush dramatic biographical novel f ne f the most glamorous and alluring legends The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes of Hollywood’s golden age Marlene Dietrich from the gender bending cabaretsf Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios f Hollywood a sweeping story f passion glamour ambition art and war from the author Rescuing a Werewolf of Mademoiselle ChanelRaised in genteel poverty after the first World War Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreamsf a life n 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 f Weimar Berlin’s cabarets and drag balls Wi.

Ut she was extremely loyal supported all till the end always aware GloomCookie of her responsibilitiesGolden daysf Hollywood ne f my favorite parts all the leading players and notaries The Jesuit of the day John Wayne Bette Davis Gary Cooper Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth as well as Hemingway and Remarue Thenf course Hitler and the war afraid for mother and sister left in Germany She would do than her part in the war going With Bound Hands on a USO tour with Danny Thomas and what she sees will forever change herutlook her character Gortner does a wonderful job showing is just how complex this woman was how much inner strength she possessed how much Rim of the Pit of a survivor By books end she had earned my admiration as had the author The author note details what happened in her life after the endf the book and explains why he 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 ve ever seen any You Can Beat the Odds of her movies but that didn t diminish at all my interest in reading this biographical novelf 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 f 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 r said Then I think about how wonderfully creative the author was by taking the facts Stripes of All Types of Marlene s life and imagining what she was like and bringing her to lifen 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 Marlene by CW Gortner is a 2016 William Morrow publication I will admit up front that I did not realize this was a work f fiction at first I was a little disappointed since I was hoping for a traditional biography but it was my wn fault for not reading the synopsis carefully I had not experienced this type f biographical fiction until recently but I found it to be an intriguing way f telling a person s life story This Baltimore Catechism No. 2 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 necessarilyutright false since there is no way to disprove Mic manual de campanie electorală or validate it so I suppose it s up to the reader to decide what they want to believer 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 The Big Book of Maker Skills: Tools Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects obvious the author did his research and notnly does he know his subject but he bviously admired her and was true to her legacy Despite my misunderstanding f the book s format I still found myself mesmerized by the story Marlene was uite the character and certainly lived life One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones on herwn terms as much as she could Her first person narrative is Just Joking often amusing and I think it did capture the woman s essence in some ways She was bold promiscuous forthright yet manipulative at times loved to shock andffend play games with people and live large But she lived for herself it seems and nly herself even though she had a husband and daughter she rarely saw r had much Times of Trouble (A Time Travel Anthology) of a relationship with Her feelings never seemed to run too deeply in mypinion Yet she was refreshing in that what you see is what you get way and BENAAMI of course she absolutely defined glamour She was a trendsetter and gender bender and was well aheadf her time She was adored by male and female fans alike Marlene Dietrich is a legend and her willingness to push the envelope puts her in a class all by herself well almost No biographical accounting f Marlene s life would be complete without mentioning the famed rivalry between Marlene and Greta Garbo which was explained and played up here just as the press did at the height f their popularity and fame I think both actresses deserved credit both were special and ahead f their time but to me Marlene was much edgier and seemed to enjoy being that way Her teasing and daring literally jumps ut at you from the screen and leaves a lasting impression The novel ends without exploring the latter years f her life where she experienced very hard times as well as enjoying 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 n her early life was probably a good idea 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 Stay on Your Toes, Maggie Adams! often untouched by what was goingn due to her work schedule she did become attune and shunned Berlin most f her life Another pivitol part f her life were her years with director von Sternberg and it was Night Train To Cherbourg: A Joszef Kiraly: Gentleman, Vampire Mystery only fitting that some time was spent examining this relationship and thebvious impact it had Disowned on Marlene s rise to superstar status as well as examining the ultimate downfallf the collaboration which also sent Marlene Comptia Security+ Sy0-301 Exam Cram 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 is even now a controversial figure butne that is remembered as ne f the best actresses The Cosmic Internet: Explanations from the Other Side of all time I would like to find a comprehensive biography which will tell the wholef Marlene s life and is written in the traditional biographical format If anyone has a suggestion feel free to recommend Marketing Aesthetics one It s been years since I ve watchedne f Dietrich s films and I will admit a little sheepishly that the movies I remember her by the most are the nes 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 f doing some binge watching ne day soonI have n ccasion lamented the bygone era American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity, 1940 to 1979 of such beautiful glamourf the risk takers and the trailblazers and the multi talented performers with wide ranging depth and acting range Marlene was all McNally's Risk of those things and All you had to do was look into those soulful eyes justnce and you were under her spell This is certainly an interesting spin Slaves of New York on Marlene s life through herwn words which was both interesting and ccasionally shocking even now Although this was not the type f book I went looking for I am glad I happened across it It s different for sure but was well done Johannes Itten: Das Frühwerk 1907-1919 overall 4 star. 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 thousandsf Allied troops in Europe and Africa But From Rodin to Plensa: Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum one day she will return to Germany Escorted by General George Patton himself Marlene is heartbroken by the war’s devastation and the evil legacyf the Third Reich that has transformed her homeland and the family she loved An enthralling and insightful account Goin' the Extra Mile (a Mary Jo Melendez mystery Book 3) of this extraordinary legend Marlene reveals the inner lifef a woman Dangerous Beauty of grit glamour and ambition who defied convention seduced the world and forged herwn path n her wn ter.

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