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I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny by [Cash, Vivian]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3654 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9A0O
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Vivian Cash was Johnny Cash's first wife and mother of his four daughters. When Johnny left her for June Carter, who Vivian depicts as a control freak in the mould of Beryl with George Formby, she went from celebrity wife to throwaway spouse in an instant. In truth she never got over losing her husband to Carter and she felt a great sense of relief when the latter died in 2003.

For years Vivian carried round an anger she couldn't suppress yet, in her heart, she never stopped loving the man she met when she was a 17 year old and to whom she was married for fourteen years. What she resented was the public persona that credited Carter with saving Cash from drugs when she was a lifelong addict herself, attributing authorship of "Ring of Fire" to her when it was written entirely by Cash (and with a sexual meaning that I for one had never appreciated),the control she exercised over the increasingly vulnerable Cash and the suggestion that June was the mother of Vivian's children.

Cash himself comes over in the words of Kris Kistofferson's as "a walking contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction". In fact the whole song ("The Pilgrim : Chapter 33" which was about a number singers) could have described Cash's life and career. He made his money and he spent his money as fast as he made it. Vivian Cash was a casualty of Cash's fame, addiction to drugs and an unscrupulous woman looking for a bigger diamond wedding ring.

The book itself is divided into three parts. The first describing the Cash's early life, the second a long collection of letters from Johnny to Vivian mainly describing his insecurities and expressions of devotion and finally life after the divorce.
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This book tells the real truth about the man that was Johnny Cash told by his first wife Vivian Cash. I had watched the movie "Walk the Line" but realised from reading Vivians book that this film didnt tell the total truth.This movie is the famous old tale that we are made to believe.....Not the real deal. The real love story you will discover after reading this book was actually between Johnny and hid first wife Vivian. If anybody wants to know or learn about the real Johnny Cash, they should read this book. It is a story of an extremally sad, tragic love story between Johnny Cash and Vivian. I would recommend anybody to read this book, although be prepared with a box of tissues. Highly recommend this book, a real eye opener into the "real" man that Johnny cash was and the untold story of his first wife Vivian who really was the only one who "walked that line".........
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I must admit, ploughing through all those, mainly boring love letters from Johnny was rather tedious. But where were her letters to him? After all, they were presumably in her posession since Johnny boxed them all up and sent them to her for "safekeeping". Not even an explanation about the lack of. Vivian herself came across, to me anyway, as rather strange "fighting to save" her marriage from the "predatory" June Carter. I rather think she was fighting to save her lifestyle. And, poor Johnny doesn't come out of all this very well at all, especially after all the letters expressing, not only his undying love for Vivian, but also of his very strong anti-drink, anti-infidelity views and religious convictions. Their three-year long-distance, (5,300 miles, in fact), pre-marital romance conducted entirely by post evidently did not prepare them for a life together. I can totally understand Johnny's attraction to June Carter, a sexy lass, and a good singer to boot, who shared his passion for music. I hazard Johnny never wanted the divorce. It was instigated by Vivian as a final desperate attempt to "win" him back but it backfired and Johnny just signed the papers. If she had just left alone and pretended his infidelity didn't exist, then she would have remained his wife until the end of her days. Much like the wife of Tom Jones.
Didn't like the book by the way.
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So sad, they really were on a wonderful journey together until fame changed their course. It truly takes a very self controlled person to go unscathed. I do hope they were reunited in heaven.
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Gets two stars for the letters , 3 knocked off for blaming June carter . She states she always was in live with JC bet that went down real well with her second husband . It really does read like someone who stored a load of bitterness for so many years
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