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Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton: The Marriage of the Century [Kindle Edition]

Sam Kashner , Nancy Schoenberger
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A tough Welshman, he was softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman: she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were the king and queen of Hollywood. Yet their two marriages to each other represented much more than outlandish romance. Together, Elizabeth and Richard were a fascinating embodiment of the mores and transgressions of their time and even luminaries like Jacqueline Kennedy looked to them as a barometer of the culture. The enduring glamour, grandeur, drama and bravado embodied in the couple gave rise to the type of rabid gossip and wide-eyed adoration that are the staples of today’s media. Using brand-new research and interviews – including unique access to Taylor herself, the Burton family, and Taylor’s extensive personal correspondence – this ultimate celebrity biography is the gripping real-life story of a fairy-tale couple whose lives were even grander and more outrageous than the epic films they made.

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‘Taylor and Burton’s famously lavish and tempestuous affair makes a fascinating story’

(The Sunday Times)

About the Author

Sam Kashner is author of three non-fiction books and one novel, Sinatraland and writes for Vanity Fair, Esquire and GQ.

Nancy Schoenberger teaches creative writing and has written three books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1432 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907532560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907532566
  • ASIN: B00BTI2OA6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me furiously turning pages! 24 Jun. 2010
Format:Hardcover
This review is from: Furious Love (Hardcover)
For anyone who was alive in the 1960's and 70's, we know immediately who is being referred to when we here the names "Richard & Liz." The extravagant, extended, on again, off again love affair between these two Iconic Hollywood figures was tabloid fodder for two decades. This book serves it all up on a deliciously full plate. The books style is not dry and academic, nor is it overly salacious, but it does have a gossipy enough tone that exposes all the juicy details! Ok this is not great literature, but it a fun read that is hard to put down, and I think the authors do stick to the facts (with Liz and Richard truth is stranger than fiction). In the end, their story is a sad one. It seems that their fame may have prevented them from sharing a full life together, as they obviously were in love. For more great reading and insight into Hollywood icons I recommend "Misfits Country" (Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Montgomery Cliff).
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed 17 Aug. 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is an entertaining read but somewhat flawed on several levels.

Firstly, the book relies heavily on letters sent by Burton to Taylor as well as the former's diary entries. You get little or nothing of the Taylor perspective as we see the relationship through Burtons eyes. We get to learn little of Taylor other than she drank a lot, rowed with Burton and was late on set.

Secondly, there are errors of fact. We're told on several occassions that the crew of the couples boat numbered eight. The picture caption says it had nine.
Taylor is said to have learned to ride at three, then we're told it was five.
The writers tell us that someone tried to tell Burtons wife, Sybil, of the affair with Taylor in May/June of the year of the Cleopatra shoot but that she refused to believe it. We're then told a couple of pages later that Sybil tried to commit suicide in the previous February over the affair. It doesn't add up.
We're also told that Ringo Starr attended Taylors 40th Birthday party in February 1972 with his wife Barbara Bach. That's pretty good going considering that he didn't marry Bach until 1981. In fact, he wasn't even with Bach in 1972.

Thirdly, the book is frustrating at times in it's repetition of facts almost as if it believes the reader isn't smart enough to recall things. For instance, the authors tell us that after the divorce that Burton promised he would go to Taylors side whenever needed. When he does indeed go to Taylors side we're told it's because he promised he would go to Taylors side whenever needed. Err, we know. You told us that two pages ago.

You also have to question some of the research, especially around Burtons death.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Triage than Marriage 18 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
To put it bluntly, this book is a rehash of all the other books on Lizandick that have gone before - I learned nothing new from its reading. That isn't to say that the story of the Burton-Taylor circus isn't one that ticks all the bestseller boxes - fear, loathing, passion, self-hatred, lust, avarice, two egos the size of the universe, physical beauty, timelessness, and a strange, selfish sort of guilt, spiked by a 'secret' you'll probably guess long before it's revealed to you. And it's in the telling that this book's accuracy is suspect.

It's full of oddball ideas, such as comparing the Welsh to the Jews as 'underdogs of the world', and flat-out goofs (the anthem of Wales is 'Cwm Rhondda'? Maybe in Wales, New Jersey). If the authors can't get the details right, how do we know the rest of it is? Mostly because they obtained their information from sources that did get it right (FURIOUS LOVE's suspect bits have no footnotes).

It is hypnotic and infuriating in equal measures. For me, the very best bit was the authors' supposed raison d'etre for writing it, a young person saying she'd never known Liz Taylor was married to Tim Burton. Ah, the shelf-life of fame. The record had to be set straight (not money made).

I felt slightly sick upon finishing this catalogue of excess, an international travelogue spiced up with ill health, alcoholism, bad language and behaviour, and a sense of the true emptiness at the heart of celebrity. Ultimately this is a sad, junky book with great pictures. It will sell like hotcakes - if style and truth aren't everything, timing is. And recent events mean a sroke of good luck for the authors, if not for Miss Taylor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining but flawed read 29 July 2012
Format:Paperback
Having never read much about Taylor or Burton before I found this biography to be an entertaining and revealing account of their life together. The authors have obviously done quite a bit of research (and seem to have had access to archival material direct from Dame Elizabeth herself) however I found that in places the book could be quite confusing. On several occasions the authors mix up dates and orders in which events occurred, sometimes within a few paragraphs. The book is also quite long which is not a problem in itself, of course, but in this case it means that there is a bit of repetition (how many times do we need to read that Taylor and Burton were prone to vicious fights that ended in lovemaking?).

With a bit of editing (and a bit more proofreading), this book could be called the definitive biography on the pair however, as it stands, it's just an entertaining but forgettable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read.
Arguably, the most famous couple. Be with them at their clandestine meetings; on set during "Cleopatra"; join them at their wedding; be prepared to duck at the insults (and... Read more
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Published 8 months ago by S. Burstein
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
Reading this book is akin to looking at a video of a train crash, in particular two trains meeting head on with one train being overridden by the other – Elizabeth over Richard. Read more
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