Monday, August 13, 2018

Blekingegatan 22 - Lena Einhorn

Oh how I loved the Hollywood glamour of the early moviestars when I was myself a gawky youth! If truth be told, I still find them gorgeous if unrealistic style icons. 
Finding a fictionalised biography of the divine miss Garbo when browsing a friend's bookshelves therefore proved an irresistible temptation.

Pros :
- Based on recently discovered letters from Garbo to her teenage sweetheart Mimi Pollak and penned by a documentary film-maker already boasting a Garbo documentary on her résumé, this felt profoundly well-informed and actually not fictionalised at all, though of course it is.
- It was also an easy read, accessible and engaging yet not infantilising. 

Cons :
- It focuses on her late teens at the Stockholm drama school, whereas I for one am more interested in her life in Hollywood.

In short : A good read.

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