Book: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, by Anita Loos
Genre and Year of Publication: Vintage chick-lit, 1925
Where I got it: Chapters second-hand book store
Length: 156 pages
Briefly, it’s the book behind the Marilyn Monroe movie of the same name; a satirical send-up of the “flappers” culture of the 1920s.
Comments: Written in a diary style, complete with grammar and spelling mistakes, this could be seen as a precursor of certain types of contemporary chic-lit, such as Sophie Kinsella’s “I Love Shopping” books. It may have been ground-breaking in its day. Lorelei is an airheaded diamond-seeking user of men – men who seem to be totally happy to be so used. I found it mildly amusing.
Challenges: Back to the Classics challenge for the category “A 20th century classic”