Wealthy gentlemen of the world beware, Lorelei Lee has arrived! She charms her way into men’s hearts—and your wallets—before you can say “I’m married!” Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes tells the story of “a society girl from Little Rock, Arkansas” who takes the gentlemen of New York, and then Europe, by storm on her journey “to get educated.”
Blond though she may be, Lorelei Lee reveals that she is not nearly as dumb, or innocent, as she presents herself to the world. Throughout the novel, written in the form of Lorelei’s diary, we watch her talk various gentlemen into giving her dozens of flowers, a trip to Europe, at least two marriage proposals, and a diamond tiara worth seventy five thousand dollars, with no regard to their marital status. Watching Lorelei successfully juggle the different men in her life is both entertaining and ridiculous.
At times, the novel seems to drag on with very little happening or changing, but Lorelei’s voice helps keep the pace. There are many moments to laugh at the way Lorelei attracts wealthy gentlemen, even managing to reel in the prosecutor from her murder trial.
Love her or hate her for her manipulative, gold-digging ways, one can’t help but cheer Lorelei on as she shamelessly maneuvers her way into getting everything she has ever wanted.
Lorelei’s misspelled prose shows us that “when a girl has a lot of fate in her life it is sure to keep on happening” and the reader can’t help but wonder what fate will bring her way.
It’s not my type of book but if you like girly comic novels, this is the book for you.
Buy it here: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes