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Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Arist: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis Paperback – 6 Jul 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; New Ed edition (6 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330484443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330484442
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

The love affair of two twentieth-century icons - creators of their own grand opera. Onassis, one-time Anatolian refugee, built one of the world's greatest shipping fortunes; his life defined the jet set. Callas, defiantly Greek yet Manhattan-born, was acclaimed as the Voice of the Century. Almost as famously, she transformed not only opera but herself from dumpy, awkward ingenue to iconic sylph. Together, they shared a love that was passionate, volatile and ill-fated - yet indelible. A day-by-day recreation of the infamous 1959 cruise aboard Onassis's yacht during which the union was cemented ('It was as if a fire were consuming them both', remarked Maria's forsaken husband), and many intimates and family members speaking frankly for the first time, make this the definitive account. 'The legend has been spectacularly revived by Gage's riveting book.' Classic FM - The Magazine 'Gage . . .tells this tale with a magisterial authority.' Hugh Massingberd, Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Widely respected writer and journalist Nicholas Gage has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and is producer of several major motion pictures. Author of the international bestsellers Eleni and Eleni's children (Transworld), Greek by birth and now resident in the US, intimates and family members of both Callas and Onassis have talked to him as never before, many for the first time.


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Format: Hardcover
In the many books which have been written about Maria Callas her relationship with Onassis has usually seemed to be no more than a tacky, sordid affair between two very selfish people. It is refreshing therefore to read a book which genuinely brings new insights to the gossip columnist's dream. After reading this book one is convinced that Callas and Onassis were meant to be together, that this was no tacky affair but a real love. Here are two rich famous powerful people who are also sad and lonely. The last chapters of the book are almost unbelievably poignant. The book is well researched, there's not much on Callas' singing career or her importance as an opera singer, but there's comments from lots of people who have spoken for the first time. This affair is almost Greek Tragedy writ large.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a great vacation book, well researched and by a very good reporter. The trouble is, should we care about the melodramas therein? I would arge yes, as they were outsized personalities and changed their times as much as reflected them.

The reader will be treated to a real view of the glitterati, from Callas and Onaissis, to Jackie Kennedy as she used the designer dresses he would buy to "launder" money by reselling them. It is sleaze at its best and a first-rate reporter to look under all the rocks for the voyeur, that is, me and you.

Recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
My complements to Mr.Gage for a wonderfull account of the lives of two incredibly fascinating people. Being such a Callas fan as I consider myself to be it was incredibly entertaining to sit and enjoy this book ,I found it very difficult to put down.When I first heard of this book coming out I was most intrighed by what I consider to be one of the fulcral points of the book which was of course the amazing story of their secret son. I have to say that I am convinced it happened . I am so glad that there was someone imparcial who decided to tell it like it probably was. I say BRAVO to you Mr. Nicholas Gage and all the hard work you put in this amazing account.
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Format: Paperback
It felt like I was reading a tabloid magazine or one of those horrible gossip websites.

Callas & Onassis deserves better than rumours & lies. Lets not even get into how ridiculous the 'secret son' story is.

If you are interested in Callas rather read Maria Callas: Sacred Monster
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Its about an intense story that you can not stop reading. Its funny and sad. Fire is all around!
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Very well written and enjoyable.
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