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Furious Love: Chapters 7 and 8

I think that these chapters best describe (so far, anyway) the horrible alcoholism affecting the Burtons--esp. Richard. He admits (in his writings) that he was drinking too much, and friends notice it as well.

Just as in my last post, I wasn't impressed by the first chapter of this post. "Married Love" (chapter 7) had some interesting behind-the-scenes information about the filming of The Taming of the Shrew (sounds like the movie played up to the popular image of the Burtons), but other than that I wasn't into it that much.

Chapter 8, "Seduced by Faust," was much better because it covers (albeit much too briefly) the Burton's time in Oxford (appealing to me because I love the city so much) and Burton's work on Doctor Faustus. I found some intriguing quotes in this section. For example, Burton attended Oxford for a while and he mentions having to be especially tough because he came from such a different background from the other students. I can…

Furious Love: Chapters 5 and 6

From The Sandpiper to The Taming of the Shrew, Chapter 5, "In from the cold," covers some of the Burtons earlier creative collaborations. I didn't feel that a real theme emerged in this chapter, other than one: restlessness. As the scandal dies down and Burton and Taylor settle in to married life, it almost seems as if they don't know how to thrive. The drinking and fighting increase, at first. The Burtons just seem to be trying to figure each other out. The little things bother them, and, though Burton "love[s] Elizabeth to the point of idolatry," he seems to be trying to figure out how to function with a woman who is so completely there and so completely demanding of his time and life (110). When he would want to be serious, Taylor would deliberately taunt him, just to start a fight, and it seems that their fights are turning more physical. It is an odd thing to read on the page, but it really does seem that Taylor thrives off of the drama. One story, tol…

Furious Love: Chapters 3 and 4

Chapters three and four basically follow Elizabeth and Richard as they continue their affair in both Canada (where Richard is in a production of Hamlet) and in Mexico (where Richard films Night of the Iguana). It is within these chapters that the reader begins to hear about the legendary fights, many witnessed by outsiders. The couple was capable of intense cruelty to one another, with Elizabeth goading Richard into drinking and leaving Richard "close to tears" on one occasion. The details of that particular fight are sketchy, but Richard must have said something about Elizabeth's acting background and lack of theatrical education, and words were exchanged, ending with Elizabeth telling Richard: "You should be more careful, love. One day you might harm more than yourself" (78). I can see her saying these words to him, frigidly and in a way to make her even more "unattainable" (a concept Richard used to describe her sometimes). The fight makes sense in…

Until I have time to post.... is a great quote from a decent review of Furious Love:

"Today, we have hook-ups. But Liz and Dick had a mash-up of the souls."

"Furious Love" -- My impressions of the first two chapters

I have been allowing myself to wallow in the newly released Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century. Now, I have a sick fascination with this couple...not because I think that they had a healthy relationship or anything (which they certainly did not), but because they were so unapologetic, so outrageous...and so amazingly talented both on their own and together. Much of their desire for one another was dangerous...and, by some, could even be viewed as humiliating or demeaning. I am not going to make a judgment on those issues because what attracts two people together is often unconventional or dangerous or demeaning. (Again, I am not endorsing such things...I am merely stating that it is a fact that is much more complex than how Freud or some modern psychologists may wish to classify it.)

My first impressions of this book: Well, I have heard that there are some inexcusable fact-checking errors. I don't know about this, as I am horrible with …


Why am I addicted to fan fiction? I love it so much...even though some of it (most of it) is so bad! It is pathetic when a 33- (almost 34) year-old woman checks every day. I mean, seriously. It is sad. Still, life's pleasures are few and far between.

My recent surge of Anti-Twilight postings

Don't get me wrong. I had fun reading the first three books (hated the fourth). I really enjoyed them. But, I also REALLY enjoy the sarcasm and the rants against them! I am all for entertainment--esp. when such great rejection comes out. That is when you know you really produced something that will make you a ton of money! Well done, S. Meyer!


Normal feeling, I know, after everything that has happened in the last five days. I am relieved that my grandmother isn't suffering anymore, but it has been difficult coming to terms with the fact that she isn't around anymore. We didn't see each other a ton over the school year, but I spent a few hours with her every day over the last month, helping her and talking when she could. So, the hardest part now is readjusting the schedule and the mindset. When you repeat the same pattern for weeks and you care for someone in such intimate ways, it is hard to just snap out of it overnight.

I haven't been doing much over the last several weeks that wasn't related to work or the hospital/grandmother. The funeral preparations and family things took up the last week, of course. I have decided not to work on my dissertation for a couple of weeks. I just need the time off. I know that that puts me behind, but I just am mentally exhausted right now. I plan to return to work at t…

Frances Emma Mitchell Hinson, August 7, 1933 -- July 13, 2010

Good-bye and much love to my grandmother. I hope she finds peace and comfort now. Thank you for loving me.