#53. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Anita Loos)

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.

ChallengesBack to the Classics challenge for the category “A 20th century classic”