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on 26 January 2015
I enjoyed reading this biography although I found it rather sanitised. It could have been written by Edwina's PR. When I read a bography I don't want to plough through pages and pages of adulation. I want a warts and all account of her life. An obvious example of this is her love affair with Nehru. Pages are written about their friendship and co-operation professionally, but the fact that they had a full blown sexual relationship is not admiitted. On the subject of whether or not they had an affair, she says rather evasively, "People close to them think not. (Well, they would, wouldn't they?) Also, there is no mention of Dickie's bi-sexuality, again a well known fact. Sorry to site these examples of a sexual nature as to why I consider this book a bit too wholesome for me. It just makes me think what other unpalatable truths were omitted?
My other criticism is I found it quite difficult to date what was happening. How old was she when she died for example? I had to look back to find the year she was born and do my own calculations.
As I've said, I enjoyed reading it because she writes well. I wanted to read a more honest account though which is why I'm giving it 3 stars.
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on 25 September 2015
"In many respects Edwina was indeed better informed than Secretaries of State for Foreign affairs, the Colonies, Commonwealth Relations, men who were generally either new to the job or the prisoners of their own and their officials' prejudices. Edwina had formed her own views over many years. She compared notes with Dickie and she was also influenced by Nerhu, wose letters offered a steady supply of information and opinion. (He was not infallible. Ho Chi Minh, the Communist President of North Vietnam, struck him as 'one of the most likeable men I have come across. He gives one the impression of integrity, goodwill and peace.') Discussions with Nerhu, Dickie, their colleagues and the Mountbattens' friends, together with her own experience - all this gave Edwina an unparalleled vantage point. She was considered left-wing; in fact she was a peace loving, romantic democrat. Her myopia was more pronounced when she looked east towards the Urals; westward, her eyes were sharp. Edwina was constantly irritated by what she considered the rabid anti-communism of the Americans. When she mentioned in her diary, in April 1949, that she had spent an evening seeing 'lenghtly and questionable films' with Dickie's shipmates, she was referring not to anything sexually suggestive but to "The Iron Curtain", an American film about a Soviet Spy ring. The Sunday service on an American destroyer was full of reference to the hydrogen bomb, Edwina told Nerhu in May 1957; 'Poor old God gets brought into everything nowadays.'"
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on 2 July 2015
The author had access to the archives held at Broadlands and we have a catalogue of events in Edwina Mountbatten's life but no substance. We know nothing of her thoughts or feelings and her sybaritic life is desperately sad. It is not stated but Louis Mountbatten's bisexuality must have caused her to be frustrated but so many lovers to compensate!
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on 27 July 2014
A good all around history of family and events. Good condition book, I enjoyed the read thank you.
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on 17 September 2014
so so
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on 8 October 2014
The quality of the book was not good. Old and ripped to pieces. Misrepresented.
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