Thursday, February 25, 2016

It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History


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Today's post is on It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright.238 pages long and is published by Henry Holt and Company. The cover is black with a sack of papers and thirteen candy hearts on them, one of them is broken. The intended reader is someone who likes funny history, horrifying history, and funny writing. There is some mild language, no sex, and lots of violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- A history of heartbreak-replete with beheadings, uprisings, creepy sex dolls, and celebrity gossip-and its disastrously bad consequences throughout time
Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval England to 1950s Hollywood, Jennifer Wright's It Ended Badly guides you through the worst of the worst in historically bad breakups. In the throes of heartbreak, Emperor Nero had just about everyone he ever loved-from his old tutor to most of his friends-put to death. Oscar Wilde's lover, whom he went to jail for, abandoned him when faced with being cut off financially from his wealthy family and wrote several self-serving books denying the entire affair. And poor volatile Caroline Lamb sent Lord Byron one hell of a torch letter and enclosed a bloody lock of her own pubic hair. Your obsessive social media stalking of your ex isn't looking so bad now, is it?
With a wry wit and considerable empathy, Wright digs deep into the archives to bring these thirteen terrible breakups to life. She educates, entertains, and really puts your own bad breakup conduct into perspective. It Ended Badly is for anyone who's ever loved and lost and maybe sent one too many ill-considered late-night emails to their ex, reminding us that no matter how badly we've behaved, no one is as bad as Henry VIII.


Review- This is a very funny and scary book about love gone wrong. Wright handles her subject with great humor and helps because it is very intense. But I just had so much fun with this book. Wright gives little asides over the course of each story that add so much. Wright does this within the text but she is just saying what we are thinking in the back of our minds. She makes this work so well. She covers the very famous love stories and some that are not but just has horrifying. Sometimes the stories just make you sad, like in Oscar Wilde's case. He was never the same after everything that happened to him. That broke my heart because he stopped writing. All the things we do not have because of that heartbreak.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from  my local library.