Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

I've watched the 1953 movie version of 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, but I never realized the movie was based on the novel of the same name and written by Anita Loos.

I happened to come across the unabridged audio version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos for FREE on YouTube recently and decided to listen to it. It seems like one can find many classic novels in audiobook form to listen to for FREE on YouTube.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos is a definite period piece and is considered a 'comic novel'. It is written as a series of diary entries, which I found fun. According to Wikipedia, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos was first serialized in Harper's Magazine during the spring and summer of 1925. I also learned from Wikipedia that in November 1925, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos was republished by Boni and Liveright in book form and it became the second bestselling novel of 1926.

So, what did I think of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos? It was a fun, easy peasy read. I enjoyed listening to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and found the narrator to be delightful! Yes, this novel was funny throughout. However, at times, I felt some of the lexicon to be rather repetitive at times. I would recommend this book if you want to read a bestselling 'comic novel' written during the 1920s!

Below is the plot summary for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos I discovered on Chirp's website:
One of the most popular novels released in the 1920s on the hedonistic Jazz Age, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was declared the great American novel by Edith Wharton. Told from the point of view of a blonde flapper named Lorelei in the form of her diary, this novel follows her adventures around the world in search of a gentleman companion who can elevate her position within society. As Lorelei cycles through multiple men, she discovers things about herself and the way that she lives her life in retrospection—while also chronicling her changing moods and petty disputes with her brunette companion, Dorothy. Hilarious and a true classic, this revered novel transcends decades and continues to be relatable in this day and age.
I am giving Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. I listened to a few minites and it makes me want to keep going! Thanks for sharing this. I might just give the whole thing a listen! :)

    1. Great news! I hope you enjoy 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' if you decide to continue listening to the entire novel. I've been binge listening to shorter works of fiction for free on YouTube recently and having a blast discovering (or rediscovering) new things!

  2. I remember the movies with quite a bit of fondness.