Monday, July 26, 2010

Furious Love

Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger
Harper, 2010
438 pages
Non-fiction; Celebrity
5/5 stars

Source: A bribe from my mom to take my sister to see Eclipse

Summary: The legendary love affair of Liz and Dick although they preferred Elizabeth and Richard, with new insights based on their private letters.

Thoughts: LizandDick is a topic I didn't know much about (I'm actually more of a fan of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, a couple with quite a few similarities) so I was excited to dig in to this. I read the excerpt in Vanity Fair and I was sold! I picked up a copy and sat down. It took me a bit longer to read than I expected because of my busy weekend (and my mom "borrowing" it to read) but I loved it!

I loved most everything-it had background on both of them; psychoanalysis on their addictions; gushing over Elizabeth's general fabulousness; extolling of Richard's talent. It's really a shame that he never got an Oscar-I know I enjoyed his performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

I quibble with the needless repetition at times but it didn't stop me from loving this book. It also has one of my least favorite ways of citing sources but this is a celebrity gossip book so I can forgive it.

Overall: Compulsively readable and highly recommended!

Cover: This isn't the cover I have but I like it; I couldn't find my cover which has the same picture of them four times and has them looking at each other.

Random: Their relationship also makes me think of the song "Fall For You" by Secondhand Serenade. In the movie trailer of their relationship that I've created in my head, this is heavily featured. Although of course no one could ever play Elizabeth or Richard.

I hope you like Elizabeth Taylor because I'm reviewing another book about her tomorrow!


  1. I like Elizabeth Taylor, but I know nothing about her, at all, only that she was not very lucky in love.
    Interesting book, with a great title, considering their relationship.
    Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Haha, great bribe.

  2. I adore Elizabeth Taylor and I am glad you liked this book. I read the excerpt, too, and must read this.

    I have a bio of Elizabeth Taylor on my stacks that I MUST read soon (by J. Randy Taraborelli)'s just a big, fat book, though...


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