Thursday, January 28, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: It Ended Badly. 13 of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright

Usually the nonfiction I read is informative and interesting, but very rarely do I consider it fun. However, my most recent non-fiction read was pure entertainment. It Ended Badly. 13 of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright is a clever, somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at thirteen couples (with some additional players) whose relationships fell apart in spectacular ways.

Some of the choices for inclusion were obvious: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II; Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard; Lord Byron and Caroline Lamb; Edith Wharton and Morton Fullerton; Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. But others I’d never heard of: Anna Ivanona; Timothy Dexter; Oskar Kokoschka and Alma Mahler; and more. The stories range from horrifying (Nero) or horrible (Norman Mailer) to sad (Oscar Wilde) to bizarre (Oskar Kokoschka). Wright’s enthusiasm for the subject, her upbeat insights, and her amusing asides make this fast-moving book about failed love thoroughly enjoyable.

1 comment:

  1. I've loved all of her stuff since her days back at The Gloss. Check out the Shelved Dolls series over there if you liked this!

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