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1.0 out of 5 stars More Triage than Marriage, 18 May 2011
This review is from: Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century (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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