The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson Paperback – 21 Sep 2006
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The other stories here are very short and are addictively varied in both subject and tone, running from an East German guard, who, when the Wall comes down, much against the prevailing mood, decides to go east; to the Yank whose wartime girlfriend never arrived on the New York steamer. Thirty years and an uninspired marriage later he sets off to find her.
The poignancy of some of these stories is firmly understated, as if Tremain has eschewed any waste of emotion. It makes for a rather stern atmosphere with things tidied neatly away. But there is no denying the talent and craft.
But maybe this is always the way with short story collections - a bit hit-and-miss. But Rose Tremain has a very sharp eye for the hidden, quirky corners of life, and I recommend this book.
I did not realise this was short stories or I would not have bought it
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Disappointing as I believed this book was about Wallis Simpson not just a chapter
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