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And God Created Burton [Hardcover]

Tom Rubython
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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: 16.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible title, terrible book 12 Aug 2012
By Sparky
Format:Hardcover
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Sub-literate and vulgar 15 Nov 2013
By Sasha58
Format:Hardcover
Whatever Richard Burton's failings, he was probably the most learned actor of his time, an avid reader with a passionate love and respect for language. One can only guess what he would have made of this book. It is wincingly full of grammatical errors, clumsy sentences, word repetitions, and countless (sometimes comic) indications of the author's ignorance of both theatre and literature. To give but one example: he doesn't even seem to know the expression 'first edition'; instead, he says that Taylor gave Burton 'an original copy of a book by Goethe' for his birthday. Instead of insight, he offers the reader as many salacious details as possible: with its insistent, wearying focus on sex and money and celebrity, this is a biography that reads like a hundred tabloid articles rolled into one.
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By irene
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Shabby biography. 27 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Whether you liked him or not, Richard Burton deserves a better biography than this opinionated, shabby book. I threw it away after about ten minutes reading.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars have`nt read it yet.
I have`nt read the book yet but it has arrived in very good order(like new)and in very good time.alright. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumetal
Comprehensive coverage and a great read to boot. Don't look anywhere else this is the gold one of burton information that you will find jaw dropping.
Published 14 months ago by MR SHAUN W COOK
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing new bio on Burton
Even only one third through this book, it was refreshing to appreciate such a well written biog about Richard Burton that didn't simply linger on the Liz Taylor years. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by BIG MAMMA
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy & Error Ridden
Too many mistakes from the outset and too many to mention individually here. Very scrappy and lazy repetitive use of language. Where was the editor or the proof reader? Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Mr. W. Nicol
4.0 out of 5 stars And God Created Burton
I am now two-thirds of the way through this book. Most of it seems to be accurate, but as I know or have known several of the people mentioned, I do not agree with all the... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
I am a keen reader of biographies and this did not disappoint. Not taking away the fact that Richard Burton was obviously an interesting and charismatic character, Tom Rubython... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by David Curtis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best biography- but worth a quick read
This is a simply written biography of Richard Burton and I would not rate it highly. It is more like a tabloid paper version of his life and it is an easy read. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by warthog
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