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Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace [Kindle Edition]

Scott Thorson
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Review

'It wasn't always a film but it was always a drama ... sensational' The Times.

'I haven't been involved in a movie where there's been so much attention beforehand' Michael Douglas.

'A champagne-dunked celebration of the excesses that made the man ... we're going to have a ball with this one' Guardian.

'A fascinating study in one man's ability to create his own rhinestone-studded reality' The Sunday Times.

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***Now a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon***

Liberace's lover tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer, who never publically admitted he was gay.

Scott Thorson, a poor boy from a succession of foster homes, met Liberace when he was just 16 years old. Liberace, aged 57, took Scott under his wing as 'the son he'd never had'. By the time Scott was 17, he was also Liberace's lover.

Liberace lived life by his credo 'too much of a good thing is wonderful' and Scott shared in it: the fur coats, the Rolls-Royces, the jewellery, the celebrity friends, the 26 lap dogs. A more opulent lifestyle is hard to imagine but it came at a price: Liberace sent Scott to his plastic surgeon to have his face remodeled in Liberace's own image.

By turns bizarre, shocking and touchingly intimate, Behind the Candelabra is a compulsive insight in to Liberace, the man behind the flamboyant performer whose successes provide a bright counterpoint to a darker tale of a man hungry for power, a man given to every excess.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988349485
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781856702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781856703
  • ASIN: B00CXN3A90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So interesting! 4 Jun 2013
By Kaz
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I watched the film and then decided I wanted to know more - hear it from the horse's mouth. What a life! Thoroughly enjoyable book. And with loads more stories and gossip than the film! Anyone who enjoyed the film will like this :)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well recommended 10 Jun 2013
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I bought this book after seeing the movie advertised. The book is well structured and giving a great glimpse into this very flamboyant stars real life. Only took me 2 days to read it, couldn't put it down!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace 25 Jun 2013
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A very moving book written in such a way as to give a great insight into the life of a man who brought so much pleasure to many millions of people. I am glat that Scott Thorson chose to write this book. It is well written, it is candid and as well as giving us an insight into the very private life and world of Liberace, it shows of Scott's great love and devotion to Liberace the man. Well done to him for writing it. Life in a gilded cage is never easy - though often envied by people on the outside who have no idea how lonely that life can be.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need More Books Like This 20 Jun 2013
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I've just finished this book an hour ago and read it within 2 weeks of purchase. I just couldn't put i down as I loved Scott's brutal honesty and stories about the man that was Liberace. Being only 20 years old I didn't know much about Liberace so everything i read in this book was all new to me and I loved it. After watching the HBO movie I knew I had read the book. I felt sorry for Liberace that he hide his own sexuality his own life but then I'm angered at him for not helping Scott when he got addicted to the diet pills then cocaine instead of tossing him aside. After hearing Scott was in prison and had cancer I felt by purchasing this book it would help him if the money from this sale went directly to him.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 22 Jun 2013
By sugar64
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I have some doubts as to how much of the book is true. It's not that I totally disbelieve it, it's just that Thorson' s criminal activity after the events of the book make him a less than credible witness. He paints himself as naive, utterly moral, refusing to take part in Liberace' s sexual fantasies or even watch porn of any kind, very against drugs, etc. Yet afterwards he has been heavily involved in mobster activity, drug dealing and even credit card fraud.

I'm sure some things did happen the way he said and the basics are probably true but I'll take other things with a pinch of salt.

None of this stopped me from enjoying the book, however and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 7 Jun 2013
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This proved to be a good read, although I felt some ground was covered more than once and it did get a little repetitive at points.
Worth a read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No photographs, disappointingly spare. 5 Jun 2013
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I didn't learn much more from this book than I'd learned from Steven Soderbergh's excellent film adaptation of 'Behind the Candelabra'. I was hoping for some candid at-home-with-Liberace-and-Scott type pictures; but there are none. I understand that Liberace necessarily had to be publicity-shy with regard to his relationship with Scott, because he felt he could not 'declare' his homosexuality to the world for fear of alienating his fans, but a few photos would have been most welcome. I'm waiting till 'Liberace - an American Boy' gets a paperback re-release so that I can read a more balanced account of Liberace's fabulous life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberace 10 July 2013
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An excellent insight into the man behind the furs and bling. Very well written and enjoyable to read
Looking forward to seeing the film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The film did a brilliant job of translating the book to screen and...
If you've seen the film of the same name - then here's the book the film was made from and it's very close. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Janet Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT READ GREAT MAN
Published 23 days ago by A. Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoyed this book very much, easy to read.
Published 1 month ago by Angela Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberace! You should have been born at a different time!
Read the book and had to see the movie! I grew up with Liberace, so to speak. I am so pleased times have changed!!!
Published 1 month ago by penny cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good read
Published 1 month ago by ayjay169
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
okay
Published 2 months ago by marie connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 2 months ago by Alison Osmanoglu
3.0 out of 5 stars mmm debatable
I was expecting to read something a little more readabul but this wasnot so , sadly . Maybe one day one can read a good official Biography
Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. R. STEPHENS
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant
This is a poignant story of Scott Thorson's life with Liberace. Scott met Liberace when he was a young boy and was swept into Liberace's world of glamour and decadence. Read more
Published 3 months ago by palomino
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Well written and honest insite into Scotts life and the weird world of a fabulous entertainer. I loved it, couldn't put it down
Published 4 months ago by patricia spadling
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