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Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristole Onassis

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  202 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Packed with newly uncovered secrets, this account of the romance of Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis and opera diva Maria Callas reveals their full story. Drawing from the private papers of Callas, the author tracks their relationship, from Onassis's pursuit of Callas throughout Europe to the strange covert courtship conducted prior to his marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy.
Paperback, 640 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Vision (first published 2000)
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Allison Long
Mar 25, 2015 Allison Long rated it liked it
To say that I didn't enjoy learning more about Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis would be untrue. However, there were many times while reading this book that the author made it very difficult for me to go on. Through consistent belittling of other accounts written about Callas and the overblown, sensational ending to the book, there was a story about two people who seemed to have loved each other very much. Unfortunately, this account is undermined by the author's obvious penchant for melodrama ...more
Valentina
Mar 27, 2015 Valentina rated it it was amazing
OKAY, THIS WAS AMAZING.
Katherine
Jul 01, 2017 Katherine rated it it was ok
How sad! The spoiled diva and the spoiled tycoon don't manage to end up together. Some interesting/disturbing background on war and atrocities in 20th century Greece and Anatolia. Essentially reads like a long Vanity Fair article, which I can't put down but don't feel great about reading.
J Lonsway
Jul 01, 2017 J Lonsway rated it it was amazing
A great book about the love affair between Callas and Onassis. It details their love affair, lifestyles (back in the day when the "jet set" truly was), and their pasts are meticulously reconstructed. Not a "gossip" book, but a labor to find the facts and report them. It is fascinating reading.
Karen
Jul 21, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
This is a thoroughly researched account of the relationship between Callas and Onassis that inspired me to explore the music of this diva and operas in general. Now I understand why my mother - who knew of Callas long before the era of Jackie Kennedy - scoffed at my teenage fascination with a former first lady's wedding to the Greek shipping tycoon. Gage presents a sympathetic but realistic portrait of Callas, leaving the reader saddened but hopeful about the network of support she garnered from ...more
Marianne Cohen
Nov 19, 2011 Marianne Cohen rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
Informative. Gossipy. Maria Callas lived a sad and difficult life inspite of her great talent. Aristotle Onassis ended his life sadly in spite of his great wealth. As they say, money can not buy you happiness
Tabatha
Jul 17, 2008 Tabatha rated it liked it
very interesting things I never knew about Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas (whom I had never even heard about prior to this, what? was I living under a rock? I would really like to hear her Medea...)
Riccardo Paterni
Nov 06, 2013 Riccardo Paterni rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
Wanted to read this book for some light reading in depth intercultural insights of the characters involved, the author is of Greek origins too and it makes it all even more insightful and culturally intriguing...
Maggie
Dec 17, 2012 Maggie rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful, fast moving, exciting book about the tumultuous relationship between Maria Callas (opera star) and Aristotle Onassis (shipping tycoon). Amazing how people can be so very wealthy and so very unhappy.
Mary
Jan 03, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A poignant book about two great personalities whose star-crossed love ignited scandal. Although the author's work has been discounted, particularly on Callas's Wikipedia page, he seems to have some good sources and tells the story compellingly.
Annmbray
Apr 26, 2012 Annmbray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Maria Callas was such a complex and talented personality. She deserved better from Ari, who was her soulmate!
Sutton
Jul 27, 2007 Sutton rated it it was ok
Really lengthy and not quite juicy enough...
Vickie
Mar 25, 2010 Vickie rated it really liked it
Nice, fast read
Andrew Singletary
interesting account of the relationship between Callas and Onassis
Ellen
Oct 04, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it
Sometimes a little too detailed. But a good read.
Ciara Leahy
Feb 06, 2012 Ciara Leahy rated it it was amazing
Hugely romantic, glitzy tale of one of the big love affairs of the century, how she ended up though is tragic and deserved so much more especially from the man she gave up so much for.
n7of9
Nov 02, 2010 n7of9 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book, great story, and the writing made you feel like you were right there, living the tragic love story, and it didn't feel like mere 'gossip'.
Monica Weiskopf
Nov 12, 2013 Monica Weiskopf rated it it was amazing
Wow
Gregory Broderick
Nov 22, 2012 Gregory Broderick rated it liked it
One of the reasons why the story of Maria Callas will always be compelling.

Nicholas Gage did his homework
Emily Turner
Oct 02, 2007 Emily Turner rated it really liked it
Talk about a soap opera! Talk about domestic violence...on both sides! Those crazy kids!
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Nicholas Gage (born Nikolaos Gatzoyiannis; Greek: Νίκος Γκατζογιάννης) is a Greek-American author and investigative journalist.
Gage started out as an investigative reporter for the New York Times, and later wrote for the Wall Street Journal. His experiences as a reporter were the basis for the television show “The Andros Targets”.
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