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3.09  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
'Paul Theroux is one of the world's most prolific and versatile authors. A writer of acclaimed and award-winning fiction, Theroux is perhaps better known as a traveller with the rare ability to bring the world home to his millions of readers. In Two Stars he explores the world of celebrity surrounding two icons: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.
Paperback, Pocket Penguin 70s #13, 54 pages
Published May 6th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 2005)
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This Penguin 70s book comprises three short pieces of writing. Two are magazine articles, the third Theroux refers to as essay.
The Two Stars in question are Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, however there is also a lot of time spent with Michael Jackson - largely due to his relationship with Taylor.
Probably due to the subject material - I have no real knowledge of Elizabeth Taylor, I can't stand Michael Jackson - I just think he is weirdo, and Marilyn, well she is jut a bit outside of my era
Jan 13, 2015 Coenraad rated it it was amazing
Paul Theroux is known for his novels; in the Penguin 60s set his ability and fame as travel writer were on display. Here, in the Pocket Penguin 70s, he is seen as journalist. He writes about starlets (and if you din't know what that is, he gives several dictionary definitions); he writes a trenchant profile about Elizabeth Taylor, based in part on several interviews with her; and finally he writes about the auctioning of Marilyn Monroe's personal possessions. Insightful, moving, masterly.

Lauren Smith
Nov 22, 2010 Lauren Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, own
A quick easy read, comprising 3 pieces on female movie stars - a definition of the 'starlet', a long article detailing Theroux's interviews with Elizabeth Taylor (including an interview with her close friend Michael Jackson) and a very short article on the auctioning of Marilyn Monroe's possessions.

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Mary Arkless
Pleasant read. The first essay is about starlets, what the word means, if they still exist, etc. The second is about getting to know Elizabeth Taylor, and is the longest piece. At the end is a very short piece about an auction of Marilyn Monroe's last possessions.
Apr 11, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Quirky, insteresting and characteristically Paul Theroux. Enjoyable quick read.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
A quick, pleasant enough read but nothing out of the ordinary.
Steve Mitchell
Aug 16, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it
A very witty read for when you have a spare half an hour
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Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975), a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South-East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin. Although perhaps best know ...more
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