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"Où t'en es-tu allé, Joe DiMaggio ? Une nation entière tourne vers toi son regard esseulé', interrogent Simon et Garfunkel dans la chanson culte "Mrs Robinson'. Homme élevé au rang de demi-dieu, acclamé par les foules, DiMaggio a été brisé par la machine qui a fait sa gloire. Mais qui était vraiment Joe "la Châtaigne', légende américaine du baseball, héros trop discret à l "Où t'en es-tu allé, Joe DiMaggio ? Une nation entière tourne vers toi son regard esseulé', interrogent Simon et Garfunkel dans la chanson culte "Mrs Robinson'. Homme élevé au rang de demi-dieu, acclamé par les foules, DiMaggio a été brisé par la machine qui a fait sa gloire. Mais qui était vraiment Joe "la Châtaigne', légende américaine du baseball, héros trop discret à la personnalité taciturne et époux malheureux de Marilyn Monroe ? Jerome Charyn donne ici voix à l'Amérique de l'après-guerre, qui a vu naître la culture de masse et l'âge d'or des icônes patronnées par les industries du sport et du cinéma. Il analyse les rouages du rêve américain à travers les portraits croisés de DiMaggio, fils d'immigrés italiens, et de Marilyn, aux origines sociales modestes, tous deux partis côtoyer les étoiles. Par petites touches, il en montre également les fêlures : la ségrégation, le maccarthysme, et l'émergence de la contre-culture. Mêlant travail de recherche, bonheur d'écriture et fulgurances littéraires, il s'affranchit de la frontière entre la biographie et le roman, s'inscrivant ainsi dans la lignée des grands textes de Norman Mailer et de Joyce Carol Oates. Préface inédite de l'auteur.


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"Où t'en es-tu allé, Joe DiMaggio ? Une nation entière tourne vers toi son regard esseulé', interrogent Simon et Garfunkel dans la chanson culte "Mrs Robinson'. Homme élevé au rang de demi-dieu, acclamé par les foules, DiMaggio a été brisé par la machine qui a fait sa gloire. Mais qui était vraiment Joe "la Châtaigne', légende américaine du baseball, héros trop discret à l "Où t'en es-tu allé, Joe DiMaggio ? Une nation entière tourne vers toi son regard esseulé', interrogent Simon et Garfunkel dans la chanson culte "Mrs Robinson'. Homme élevé au rang de demi-dieu, acclamé par les foules, DiMaggio a été brisé par la machine qui a fait sa gloire. Mais qui était vraiment Joe "la Châtaigne', légende américaine du baseball, héros trop discret à la personnalité taciturne et époux malheureux de Marilyn Monroe ? Jerome Charyn donne ici voix à l'Amérique de l'après-guerre, qui a vu naître la culture de masse et l'âge d'or des icônes patronnées par les industries du sport et du cinéma. Il analyse les rouages du rêve américain à travers les portraits croisés de DiMaggio, fils d'immigrés italiens, et de Marilyn, aux origines sociales modestes, tous deux partis côtoyer les étoiles. Par petites touches, il en montre également les fêlures : la ségrégation, le maccarthysme, et l'émergence de la contre-culture. Mêlant travail de recherche, bonheur d'écriture et fulgurances littéraires, il s'affranchit de la frontière entre la biographie et le roman, s'inscrivant ainsi dans la lignée des grands textes de Norman Mailer et de Joyce Carol Oates. Préface inédite de l'auteur.

30 review for Joe DiMaggio. Portrait de l'artiste en joueur de baseball

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    This is not so much a biography as an exploration of DiMaggio as American icon. As a fan of Marilyn Monroe, I have always wanted to learn more about Joe's life. Being English, baseball is foreign territory for me (but then, so is football.) I enjoyed Charyn's portrait of Joe in his athletic prime and his own memories of childhood as a baseball fan in NY. The relationship with Marilyn was described almost as a dark fairy-tale. There were a few points I disagreed with - for example, I'm not convin This is not so much a biography as an exploration of DiMaggio as American icon. As a fan of Marilyn Monroe, I have always wanted to learn more about Joe's life. Being English, baseball is foreign territory for me (but then, so is football.) I enjoyed Charyn's portrait of Joe in his athletic prime and his own memories of childhood as a baseball fan in NY. The relationship with Marilyn was described almost as a dark fairy-tale. There were a few points I disagreed with - for example, I'm not convinced they planned to remarry. The book is built on existing sources and there is no new material (or photos), but it was quite well-written.

  2. 5 out of 5

    L.A.

    Article first published as Book Review: Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil by Jerome Charyn on Blogcritics. Accessing the moments and memories of a bygone era and a time of spectacular achievements, Jerome Charyn has delved into the mystery of Joe DiMaggio and brought him to life. In Joe DiMaggio The Long Vigil, we follow Joe from his beginnings, to his fame in baseball, into his two marriages and then on to his decline. And through it all, we begin to get a picture of the man behind the legend. He was Article first published as Book Review: Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil by Jerome Charyn on Blogcritics. Accessing the moments and memories of a bygone era and a time of spectacular achievements, Jerome Charyn has delved into the mystery of Joe DiMaggio and brought him to life. In Joe DiMaggio The Long Vigil, we follow Joe from his beginnings, to his fame in baseball, into his two marriages and then on to his decline. And through it all, we begin to get a picture of the man behind the legend. He was a man known for his grace and his dignity, a star centerfielder for the New York Yankees from the years 1936-1951. His career did not end with baseball however; he is also famous as the husband of Marilyn Monroe. A private man well respected and revered in sports, he was nevertheless second fiddle to Marilyn, a woman whose life was even larger than his own. While Joe DiMaggio The Long Vigil by Charyn certainly details the marriage reported at the time, this book is in no way about Marilyn, yet she is still a part of it. Charyn uses the myriads of information on the life of “Joltin” Joe and wends it into a detailed look at his life, and the effects he had on those around him. As you read the information, you are at once drawn to Joe’s character, and yet put off by some of his reasoning. It is the story behind the story of a man who became a legend. It is also the story about a man who helped to build the legend of Marilyn as well. He is a remarkable character, but with flaws that make his as human as the rest of us. He surrounded himself with people of character, unique and funny, and usually well known. He was friends with Frank Sinatra, Hugh Hefner and Ernest Hemingway to name a few. While the book takes you through his baseball years, along with his remarkable abilities, it also details his tortured relationship with Marilyn, the woman that captured his soul. There is sadness and despair, anger and frustration, and through it all Charyn keeps you caring and understanding about Joe’s past. Even after Marilyn’s death, Joe persevered. In another odd and unusual way, he then became the representative for Mr. Coffee. Based on Joe’s inherent dislike of the press and speaking, this very private man moved into the spotlight in an unexpected way. This was one of the stranger evolutions in his life. Here was a man, that in the course of his life had not just one, but three different careers that were amazing and yet larger than life. Charyn brings it all together and gives you a sympathetic and yet intense look at the man. With his love for Marilyn never diminishing, Joe nevertheless lived for 37 years after her death, and yet never forgot her. This is a personal look at the life of a man in turmoil and yet one that went on to a form of immortality through his abilities and the memories he carved. If you are a sports fan, a Marilyn fan or just really enjoy a book that makes you think, you will enjoy Joe DiMaggio A Long Vigil. I waded into the material with certain expectation but found that I was nowhere prepared at the depth and scope of the story. Once started, I found Joe the Legend to be just a man after all, with the same pains and fears as we all have. Somehow, to me, I am even more amazed at his progress, and while you could say this could or would give you a more sympathetic look at Joe DiMaggio, I have actually just become a bigger fan. Here is a man, with all the fear and flaws that could derail him and yet he emerges as a legend and just a bit more. This would be a wonderful book for a reading group and a must have for your library. This is an extraordinary telling of Joe the man.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lenore Webb

    Are there days you daydream? Your mind wondering around looking to escape? Well I have been in that state the last few days. Did you miss me? I know you wonder where I have been or up to. Well I was living the life of a star. Well in my head at least. You see, I was lost in my daydreams, associating with Jolting Joe and America's Sexiest Woman. I finally have taken the book, The Long Vigil, away from Dear Hubby. He had been hogging it. And now I am getting to float through it myself. Jerome Char Are there days you daydream? Your mind wondering around looking to escape? Well I have been in that state the last few days. Did you miss me? I know you wonder where I have been or up to. Well I was living the life of a star. Well in my head at least. You see, I was lost in my daydreams, associating with Jolting Joe and America's Sexiest Woman. I finally have taken the book, The Long Vigil, away from Dear Hubby. He had been hogging it. And now I am getting to float through it myself. Jerome Charyn writes about Joe DiMaggio focusing on his life after retiring from baseball. It was then that he had a nine month marriage to Marilyn Monroe. What a picture they presented to the American public. But as we all know, photos are not always real life. Most of the time they are posed. Well that is more of what life was for Joe and Marilyn. Sadly it was a set up marriage to boost Marilyn's sinking image due to her infamous nude photos cropping up. And more so, that Joe loved her deeply in his quiet way. Joe, raised in an All-American setting, being the All-American baseball player, thought he was getting the All-American gal for the All-American life. Not seeing that wounded Norma Jean would be there one moment and sultry screen star Marilyn there the next. One role that Marilyn was not going to fit into was the housewife sitting home caring for her dear hubby. It is one thing to wear the pearls and heels on screen and other to live a life drab of color in reality. But while reading The Long Vigil I had managed to daydream of a different life too. Being the one who loves hearth and home, I could sympathize with Joe and his desires to take it easy for once. I was feeling the lump that appeared in my throat when he found out that Marilyn filed for a divorce. And more so the cut to the heart when she died before they were able to get back together again. Joe was a quiet stoic man who had lived a life of hard work in the public eye. He wanted to be able to have the normal life that most of us try to escape. Sadly it would be one that left him heartbroken and lonely for 37 years.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zach Koenig

    Besides being one of the greatest players to ever grace the diamond, "Joltin'" Joe DiMaggio was also one of the most mysterious men to ever walk this planet. Through deep character study and some of the most superb writing one will ever read, author Jerome Charyn tries his very best to explain to the rest of us why the Yankee Clipper was such an enigma, even in his own time. This book is split pretty much right down the middle into two parts: Joe's playing days, and his relationship with Hollywoo Besides being one of the greatest players to ever grace the diamond, "Joltin'" Joe DiMaggio was also one of the most mysterious men to ever walk this planet. Through deep character study and some of the most superb writing one will ever read, author Jerome Charyn tries his very best to explain to the rest of us why the Yankee Clipper was such an enigma, even in his own time. This book is split pretty much right down the middle into two parts: Joe's playing days, and his relationship with Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe. Each is as fascinating as the other. On the ballfield side of things, Charyn focuses on the fact that Joe was always motivated by a fear of failure. Simply put, he just never wanted to look bad, and thus left everything he had on the field at any given time. He had immense natural talent as well, and (like Ruth and Gehrig before him) was the emotional background of every Yankee team he played for. At the same time, Joe hated (but yet subtly needed) the attention he was given by both the NY and national press. He needed to be seen as "the greatest", but then (inexplicably) wanted nothing to do with the responsibilities of that title. In his personal life (the second portion of the book), Joe is defined by his relationship with Monroe. While together, Joe battered the blonde bombshell and would often go weeks without speaking to her, seething at every male gawk or Marilyn flirt. Yet, once the inevitable finally happened and they separated, Joe went into a shell that he never really emotionally recovered from. Overall, Charyn makes this book so engaging (you won't want to put it down) because it focuses on the enigmas of DiMaggio's life, and explains them in the best way possible given the circumstances (Joe rarely talked about his personal life, so inferences and "circumstantial evidence" are all the exist). It is an utterly fascinating look into the life of one of baseball's greats. Highly recommended for all baseball fans, 1940s culture buffs, Monroe junkies, or even just sports-literature enthusiasts in general.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil is one of the best baseball books I've read in some time and is certainly one of the best sports biographies of our time, though it's really more of a character study than a biography. Jerome Charyn is very passionate about his subject and paints a portrait of Joltin' Joe as only a true fan and student of the game could. Charyn portrays Joe as a complex and heavily burdened man who becomes the best there is at what he does, whose life has no meaning without baseball, Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil is one of the best baseball books I've read in some time and is certainly one of the best sports biographies of our time, though it's really more of a character study than a biography. Jerome Charyn is very passionate about his subject and paints a portrait of Joltin' Joe as only a true fan and student of the game could. Charyn portrays Joe as a complex and heavily burdened man who becomes the best there is at what he does, whose life has no meaning without baseball, and who becomes lost in a world he can't understand when he's tossed aside like a favorite toy that a child has grown too old for. Charyn's passion shows clearly as he frequently loses focus on his narrative and veers off topic. But aside from these tangents (which more often than not still have merit outside the context of the greater narrative), The Long Vigil is well written, highly readable, pointed, and immensely compelling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Donald Crane

    More Charyn's personal remembrance of DiMaggio than a biography. My initial reaction was negative because it seemed as though most of the factual material was taken from other works rather than from original source materials; after I abandoned the notion that this was a biography, I accepted it for what it was. Charyn paints a picture of an exquisite, almost balletic, ballplayer whose only venue of comfort was center field and on a baseball field. He was painfully shy, antisocial, aloof, and recl More Charyn's personal remembrance of DiMaggio than a biography. My initial reaction was negative because it seemed as though most of the factual material was taken from other works rather than from original source materials; after I abandoned the notion that this was a biography, I accepted it for what it was. Charyn paints a picture of an exquisite, almost balletic, ballplayer whose only venue of comfort was center field and on a baseball field. He was painfully shy, antisocial, aloof, and reclusive off the field, and never settled into his skin off the field, at least as portrayed by Charyn. The picture of DiMaggio post-baseball is almost pathetic. Still, I found many parts of the book illuminating; as a lifelong Red Sox fan, I have never been as familiar with DiMaggio as I am with Ted Williams (even though his career ended shortly after I was born), so it was interesting to gain some insight into Williams' contemporary and rival.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    Charyn, who worshipped DiMaggio as a boy, wrote this as a corrective to Richard Ben Cramer's biography, "Joe DiMaggio: A Hero's Life." But whereas Cramer's bio portrays DiMaggio as being cold and narcissistic, Charyn's book just makes him look pathetic. DiMaggio was clearly only comfortable on the baseball diamond and was kind of an empty suit off of it. Charyn states that Joe needed a cue card in order to pronounce his own name while doing TV work and I almost believe him. Joe D. did find love, Charyn, who worshipped DiMaggio as a boy, wrote this as a corrective to Richard Ben Cramer's biography, "Joe DiMaggio: A Hero's Life." But whereas Cramer's bio portrays DiMaggio as being cold and narcissistic, Charyn's book just makes him look pathetic. DiMaggio was clearly only comfortable on the baseball diamond and was kind of an empty suit off of it. Charyn states that Joe needed a cue card in order to pronounce his own name while doing TV work and I almost believe him. Joe D. did find love, of a fashion, with Marilyn Monroe but Charyn writes that it mostly was one way with Marilyn and that her real love was Arthur Miller. At this point the myth of DiMaggio has been thoroughly punctured for anyone who cares to look and Jerome Charyn's short book further demythologizes him although it may not be what he set out to do at the beginning.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Part of Yale's American Icon series, Charyn's sad, often even depressing, well written portrait of the inner life of one of The Game's greats portrays a man who lived in only two places, at the ballpark and in his love for Monroe, whose star was rising as his was descending. Very revealing, quite at odds with most of the written work on Jolting Joe, with lots of insight and information on baseball that should appeal to the fan or anyone who would like an intimate look at the flip side of an Amer Part of Yale's American Icon series, Charyn's sad, often even depressing, well written portrait of the inner life of one of The Game's greats portrays a man who lived in only two places, at the ballpark and in his love for Monroe, whose star was rising as his was descending. Very revealing, quite at odds with most of the written work on Jolting Joe, with lots of insight and information on baseball that should appeal to the fan or anyone who would like an intimate look at the flip side of an American sports legend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aly Baiter

    Something was missing...maybe a bit of flatness. Perhaps, it was a mirror to Joe DiMaggio, himself. He's not a man, even on reflection, you can embrace. Interesting...despite how your left w/o depth of man or character, throughout the book (growing as you continue): man, I wish I could've seen DiMaggio play. Something was missing...maybe a bit of flatness. Perhaps, it was a mirror to Joe DiMaggio, himself. He's not a man, even on reflection, you can embrace. Interesting...despite how your left w/o depth of man or character, throughout the book (growing as you continue): man, I wish I could've seen DiMaggio play.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was a nice look into Joe's life after he left the Yankees. It was a little Marilyn heavy, but I have no doubt that his love for her made him behave the way he did later in life. He was truly a tortured soul whose one true place in life was center field. This was a nice look into Joe's life after he left the Yankees. It was a little Marilyn heavy, but I have no doubt that his love for her made him behave the way he did later in life. He was truly a tortured soul whose one true place in life was center field.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Good read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I did not know how sad this great player was. How lonesome, how alone and all by his own choice.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Panichella

    There was a lot i never knew about Joe DiMaggio this book told stuff that i never knew not sure if all were true but it still made an interesting read

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark Olivero

    This is a well written book...just hard to read given the difficult outlook on life that Joe had. He was a success in baseball, but struggled to bring meaning to who he knew himself to be.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ellison

    This takes a bit to get all the characters involved, one it does it is an engaging examination that has the reader feeling as if they have insight into the characters, sad, emotional, swearing. A good read for a sports fan.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christophe Jung

    Un livre beaucoup trop axé sur le baseball à mon goût. Je me suis trompé en l'achetant, je pensais y trouver davantage de choses sur le mystère de l'union de Joe Di Maggio avec Marilyn. Un livre beaucoup trop axé sur le baseball à mon goût. Je me suis trompé en l'achetant, je pensais y trouver davantage de choses sur le mystère de l'union de Joe Di Maggio avec Marilyn.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Sunday Book Review

    Want to know about DiMaggio after he left baseball? This book will shed light on what his life was like and how others around him adjusted. Here we get an inside view to his sad marriage to Marilyn Monroe. What looked like the dream marriage to outsiders was a tormented and often lonely life. Which person would he wake up to: Marilyn or Norma Jean? So often when we hear the name DiMaggio we picture him at his height in popularity in baseball. We tend to forget the man he was after he left and how Want to know about DiMaggio after he left baseball? This book will shed light on what his life was like and how others around him adjusted. Here we get an inside view to his sad marriage to Marilyn Monroe. What looked like the dream marriage to outsiders was a tormented and often lonely life. Which person would he wake up to: Marilyn or Norma Jean? So often when we hear the name DiMaggio we picture him at his height in popularity in baseball. We tend to forget the man he was after he left and how lonely and sad he was. After leaving baseball (and really through it) DiMaggio was not a man to seek out publicity and press. Because of this I was shocked to learn how much he participated in it after Marilyn passed away. While I can understand his need to feel present, it was an unexpected fact. If you like DiMaggio, or even Marilyn, this will be an interesting, if not sobering book to pick up. The whole book is written chronologically and we see him from the top of his career, to him being heartbroken, back to finding love, to being heartbroken yet again. Is there anything in this book that is ground breaking, no, however do I think anyone who wants to know more about the entire life of this man should pick this up? Yes. Just be prepared to read some interesting, it at time not uncomfortable revelations on his supreme obsessiveness with his wife Marilyn Monroe. What goes on behind closed doors is certainly not what the public was shown.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    An aboslutely fascinating read and I do not even follow sports. My full review may be read on my book review blog Rundpinne. An aboslutely fascinating read and I do not even follow sports. My full review may be read on my book review blog Rundpinne.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Carter

    As I read this book which really centers on the out-side-of-baseball life, I found that I was not too interested in DiMaggio's non-baseball life.....just as I am not too interested in movie stars lives. As I read this book which really centers on the out-side-of-baseball life, I found that I was not too interested in DiMaggio's non-baseball life.....just as I am not too interested in movie stars lives.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tara

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Carl

  22. 4 out of 5

    Martha Perez

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Bresnahan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martin Grayson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ash

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  28. 5 out of 5

    P Harbor

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gerry McCaffrey

  30. 4 out of 5

    Albert

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