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After the author's novels this is a big disappointment. And not from the use of Latin or ...
on 23 August 2014
After the author's novels this is a big disappointment. And not from the use of Latin or French in the English language; this is a feature of the language , especially popular with ex students of places like Eton or Rugby, and not difficult to read, really.
The problem is also only partly that the CK scandal actual events were very short term and very minor by world standards or that they occurred when the author was a small boy.
The real difficulty is that the author shows ,through interminable diary entries and letters in evidence, just how unpleasant and, yes, useless almost the whole cast of people were. Shallow is not a strong enough word.These were the sort of people whose wealth and work (or lack thereof) allowed for regular trips away and evenings out to do nothing in particular and summers matching their wits against the intellectual abilities of fish or snipe. Definitely not the kind of people who had to buy their own furniture.
One result being both men and women who felt the need to f@#* any attractive person they met. Probably just an extension of the thrill of the chase brought on by an underlying boredom and uselessness. Who cares if Profumo senior bonked Christine Keeler, but really he just tried to bonk anyone who he fancied, which does not show much respect for women or himself . Little things like cooking, cleaning or, dare one say it, working do not involve these people. Young David admits that neither of his parents had ever cooked a meal. You can reach a logical conclusion of this kind of thing where Prince Charles has to have someone to help him get dressed.
Worse still, the author shows that he has continued on this cycle of uselessness.
One shock is the description of Profumos life after CK rebuilding his reputation by charity work. Here again it becomes pretty clear that this wasn't a normal 9 to 5 job week in, week out. There are still lots of trips abroad and whole summers of The Sport. I would like to see his work record in hours and days before I gave him much credit for fund raising.
Also you never begin to have sympathy for Mrs Profumo who had her own record of affairs, lovers and abortions and whose stage reputation is based on the second line up cast of The King and I. The children are pushed off to boarding school (though joining parents to massacre wildlife in Scotland in the summer) increasing the emptiness and boredom at the heart of the family.
The book ends up as a massive argument against the Conservative Party and in favour of Scottish independence.