Shattered Love The Thorn Birds remains one of Chamberlain's greatest achievements, yet he devotes just six pages to its production. What's more, he ekes out a mere… Shattered Love The Thorn Birds remains one of Chamberlain's greatest achievements, yet he devotes just six pages to its production. What's more, he ekes out a mere… Nonfiction
Book Review

SHATTERED LOVE (Summer 2003)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Writer: Richard Chamberlain; Genre: Nonfiction

The Thorn Birds remains one of Chamberlain's greatest achievements, yet he devotes just six pages to its production. What's more, he ekes out a mere 334 words on his ''all-time favorite job,'' headlining the 1978 play Fathers and Sons. Oh, and the much-hyped revelation that he's gay? Like every other important milestone in his life, Chamberlain writes about it in the most evasive manner. He uses this fusty attempt at a memoir to wax hyperbolic about costars ''luminous'' (Joan Crawford), ''stupendous'' (Dixie Carter), and ''gorgeous'' (Raquel Welch) -- and, even worse, to spout spiritual hooey like ''I think every atom of existence is sacred.'' You'll find more enlightenment in your corporate gym's yoga classes.

Originally posted Jun 06, 2003 Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003 Order article reprints
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