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A Christmas Story Hardcover – Nov 1991


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Endearing Christmas Tale 29 April 2000
By Judith E. Pavluvcik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A Christmas Story by Richard Burton is a quick read which pulls the reader into the Christmas childhood memory of one of the world's most infamous stage and screen actors. Burton's endearing tale reminiscences about a particular Christmas for him in Wales. Burton draws the reader in immediately with his descriptive style and one is right there with little Rich, as he is called, experiencing the entire scene. I felt so completely drawn into the story. The reader follows and feels little Rich's fear and anxiety and the mystery surrounding this particular Christmas. We are surprised at the end of the book with his first presented gift on the Eve of Christmas!
I would have loved to read more from Richard Burton, but alas, this is the only piece that he has ever written. Suffice to say that his style is quite captivating and resonates with rich descriptions.
The book contains an afterward by his widow, Sally Burton, which provides the reader an even more intimate glimpse into his early childhood, including his mother and his 12 additional siblings! He is number 12 in the pecking order and became orphaned at the age of two. His older sister raised him and the love he feels towards her is very evident in the book; in fact, he does adores her. I am grateful for this little insight, which helped to clarify this tale even more. The reader is also treated to pictures of little Rich and his sister, Cis who raised him.
I found this "little" tale in this "little" book most delightful!
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Surprisingly vivid writing by an actor 11 Oct 2010
By Doctor Anne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Short story surrounding a childhood Christmas, penned by the late actor, Richard Burton. He was raised in Wales, mainly by his elder sister and her husband. The next-to-youngest child of a large extended family, in which his mother died after the birth of Burton's younger sibling, when Burton was only 2 years old. Vivid recollections by this multi-talented man. I wish he were still alive, and had the opportunity to expand his writings.
Christmas in Wales 29 Dec 2012
By Nancy J. Jacobsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great little book. Makes for a wonderful Christmas tradition. I read it twice this year. Who knew Richard Burton could write so nicely
Delightful Christmas tale by another famous Welshman 27 Sep 2012
By Culper, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having read Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas In Wales" many, many times, I was a bit reluctant to give Richard Burton's tale a try. I should not have hesitated, as it is thoroughly delightful. Burton paints a very vivid story--based on his own childhood in a small mining community--and draws the reader into the narrative. Although there is absolutely nothing pretty or especially cheerful in the story, Burton still made me wish I had been there. That is a gifted writer!
Richard Burton's Christmas in Wales ... 11 Oct 2014
By Barklestork - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful, touching story, very eloquently told. The author has a great and appealing way with the English language. It compares very well with Dylan Thomas' similar book -- the two authors in fact lived quite near each other -- a few miles apart. It's a beautiful little book.
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