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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Myrtle Press; 1st Edition edition (15 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095656562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956565624
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 6.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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And God Created Burton A sweeping saga spanning 1898 to 1984 stretching from the mining fields of South Wales to the film sets of Hollywood and from the playhouses of Cardiff to the grand theatres of Broadway - this new and far reaching biography rakes over the coals of the life of Britain's greatest ever actor, Richard Burton. Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By irene on 18 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I think (And God Created Burton ) a wonderful read, from the comments I wonder if I am reading the same book, I feel that Tom Rubython has homed in on Burtons character fantastically well the bad and the good,I have read melvin Braggs book on Burton and am enjoying this as much if not more.I would say to anyone thinking of buying this book don't be put off by some of the comments,it's great to read about an actor worth his salt not like some of the rubibish actors that fill our screens these days . irene
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This account of Burton's life and loves would be a good deal better and shorter if Rubython didn't refer to and quote from other (and in the case of Melvyn Bragg's 'Rich'); superior books on this Welsh legend. In fact he spends much of his time discounting what other writers have written previously.

But what has Rubython himself contributed? A one dimensional account of the actor as a self centered womanising alcaholic who had little regard for other peoples feelings and seemed intent to waste his talent and risk his health at every opportunity.

If you read 'Rich' you get a far more balanced view of the man who in his time was one of the most famous people in the world.

Rubython has researched some fine detail but he tells Burton's story in a convoluted way two'ing and fro'ing between the years, depending on who Burton was in love with or married to at the time.
Sadly, the overall impression we are left with is a poor one, and fans of Richard Burton might be put off with the sad, self centered individual who emergies from within this massive tome of petty squables and drunkeness.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sparky on 12 Aug. 2012
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Awful. Tom Rubython's style grated upon me from Chapter One until I gave up about 200 pages later. He simply cannot give a factual account of proceedings without interjecting his own opinion. I honestly couldn't care less for his opinion, I just want to know about Burton. His research appears to be thorough, but there is no bibliography or any notes, which is frustrating and odd when he is very fond of rehashing quotes from previous biographies. We are told he has previously written books about James Hunt and Ayrton Senna and founded Formula 1 magazine, which tells you everything you need to know about his credentials to write a book about such an amazing actor (ie none).
Meanwhile we wait for the definitive biography. Bragg's is good and hopefully the Burton Diaries, due to be published later this year (2012) will be enlightening (Bragg used these and they are a useful insight. By the way Rubython dismisses the Burton Diaries as not very important as he wasn't given access to them!) If only someone like Peter Guralnick could write a biography of Burton - his two volumes on Elvis are essential. Until then, we have this. Terrible title and terrible book.
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This is not a patch on the Bragg biography and the writer seems obsessed with facts and figures which to younger readers will mean nothing. He does manage to adequately describe the charisma of Burton, his God given voice and the fact that he never really took the superstar status seriously, again one of his virtues. He echoes the sentiments of previous biographers who claimed that Burton didn't perceive his work as proper employment; real men went down the pits to earn a living and didn't dress up in clothes and wear make-up pretending to be other people. Certainly his relationship with Philip Burton who adopted him and gave his name is interestingly described. Overall an adequate but not brilliant book about an actor who still fascinates the public.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By whitedragon on 29 May 2014
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Well what can one say? too much it appears. 800 pages and when it came out, cost £20, weighs a ton, is awkward to read and goes on forever. The tone is mostly patronising, the slagging off of all other biographies - claiming this one is right and all others are wrong is smarmy and Piers Morgan or Adam Deen like in the extreme. The repetition is also infuriating to say the least, we get summary chapters, followed immediately by the next chapter the same thing, but with more gory or financial details, which is bizarre and tiresome, but mostly just plain self-indulgent.

The grammar squiffs in other reviews on here weren't too pleased either. This is tautologically, very incorrect. Some found all the tacky, sleazy, gossipy and utter immorality of the man too much as well. But if you've read Brando Unzipped by Darwin Porter, you won't be that bothered by that element of it. You probably bought it for that reason. Tom Rubython is obviously jealous of the man, he wants to be him. Rubython is a businessman by trade - not a writer, as is clearly evident here. He also loves to give us his own opinion on the events or what is going on, rather than just sticking to the descriptive event, building a picture for the reader - and letting us make up our own minds.

Gripes over with. Being Welsh, and having a mother who was brought up in the very next village of Britton Ferry, in south Wales, and who sang in the same clubs as Burton frequented in north London, my claim to be interested is probably more than most others. I always knew Burton was from Wales, but didn't know any of the details of his family etc. It's all told here. The first third of the book is far more interesting than the rest. In my view, we can see there, how it all started, we get a sense of the man and what he's all about.
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