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Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century Hardcover – June 15, 2010
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After they met on the set of Cleopatra and fell in love, their lives were never the same. They sincerely loved each other but in the end, one of them was more destructive than good to the relationship. I ended feeling sorry for Richard Burton and thinking he would have been much happier wearing an old sweater and teaching at some university.
I'm glad I read the book. I now have a whole different view of an actor I've enjoyed for years.
I therefore could not resist purchasing "Furious Love" and devouring it with a great deal of guilty pleasure. It is a book that is obviously sympathetic to Richard and Elizabeth, as they preferred to be called, and referred to themselves. They apparently hated "Liz & Dick," as they were called in the press, but seemed to understand that, under those names, they were a product and were also news. I enjoyed coming to see these two people as human beings, with all their faults.
It is the story of Burton, a frustrated writer and magnificent stage actor who made the uncomfortable transition to movies, where he guiltily enjoyed the money and fame that move brought him, and his insatiable love for Taylor, which he could not quench in spite of the guilt that also produced in him. He left his wife and children, caught up in a grand passion for the woman he was never able to forget.
Taylor and Burton lived life to its gaudy fullest, drinking and brawling their way around the world.Read more ›
Even so, she seems to have allowed Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger pretty full much full rein in writing whatever they wanted about her and Burton, and though the authors seem (justifiably) taken with the Burtons' prodigious talents and their charisma, they also do not stint in describing their selfishness, excess, and even at times their cruelty towards one another and (particularly in Richard Burton's case) towards others outside their circle. Burton and Taylor took great pleasure on as living as largely as they could, and their incredible profligate spending, drinking, eating, and sex was not only reported constantly but was very much the basis for their relationship: they both loved such glamorous excessive gestures.Read more ›
The second reason I had difficulty finishing the book -(which somewhat impinges on reason #1)- is this: for the umpteenth re-telling of the love affair and marriage of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to be *really* irresistible reading, the writing had better be crisp and the re-telling of the facts revelatory and fresh. Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger are, at best, pedestrian authors. Maybe it's something to do with the dual authorship, but the writing is lackluster. It's a cut above a tell-all, but only just (it maintains a respectful tone, probably due to the cooperation of Elizabeth Taylor and Sally Hay Burton with the authors). But, disappointingly, for a book about a "furious" love affair, the writing has no panache, no eloquence. Worse, despite Ms. Taylor's cooperation in sharing her thoughts, and Richard Burton's letters to her with the authors, the book has no poignancy.
Too bad Ms.Read more ›
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This book is essentially 3 bios in 1: it goes into detail about Elizabeth and Richard separately (where you learn a lot about Richard's past and gain a new empathy---and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alyssa
So much of it was available elsewhere, this was just a rehash...Published 4 months ago by Freddybare
so well done you could feel their desperate attraction, angst and glory.Published 5 months ago by Betsy Harrigan
Illuminating. And just so well written. The level of detail is so striking, it feels like you are in the room with these people. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Martin Wegner
Wow! What a remarkable biography. The story reads like a movie, dramatic, romantic, dark and light. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Gordon-Brown
Wonderful book by Sam Kashner. Anyone who is fascinated by the Taylor-Burton love story will thoroughly enjoy reading it!Published 7 months ago by Florence R. Francioli
I could hardly stand to put this book down, I read it in one whole day, putting it down only for the essentials of life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mariann West
A touching tale of one of the greatest love affairs of all time. Highly recommended. The love between them leaps out of every pagePublished 8 months ago by Tracy Davis