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That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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Madonna's new film fictionalises the affair between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, while this life tells the true story (DAILY TELEGRAPH)
The publication of this intriguing reassessment of her [Simpson's] controversial life could not be more timely ... an illuminating and absorbing read (Katherine Whitbourn DAILY MAIL)
Commendably restrained ... Sebba's real coup is the discovery of letters between Wallis and Ernest, dated long after she had become involved with Edward (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)
A well-rounded and often moving portrait (CAMBRIDGESHIRE JOURNAL)
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Frankly, I find Edward an odious and self obsessed individual. One whose sense of entitlement is unrivalled ( but challenged by Prince Charles). It's difficult to look back at a period which although almost recent, is far removed. Society, Royalty, convention, lifestyle and more are so changed. How did a foreign interloper change the course of history? Did she set out to entrap a monarch? Did she fulfil her ambitions? How did her influence affect a futur King? There are so many questions, few answers and we'll never know for sure.
Anne Sebba's book is an interesting and informed account, particularly of Wallis Simpson's early life and background.she was certainly odd in a number of ways and whilst there's no definitive proof, there's food for thought about why she appeared notably different. Wallis was undoubtedly a social climber. She was also intelligent, witty and charming. Did she get what she wished for? I suspect not and there's a lot to think about in this well researched and unbiased account.
The definitive story is unknown; this account certainly adds to the canon of fact and I enjoyed it.
The author seems to waver between sympathy, respect and outright disapproval of the subject.
The writing of intimate letters, critical of Edward, to Mr Simpson before during and long after the Simpson's divorce remains unexplained.
I don't feel I know anymore about the enigmatic Wallis
Churchill seemed to like her so she was probably OK would be my only thought.
It was difficult to develop a sense of empathy for Wallis or for the Duke of Windsor as their lives were portrayed as wasted and futile. It was also difficult to get a sense of time as the book jumped backwards and forwards in attempting to link fashion designers, husbands or even important historical events.
It will be interesting to see what the rest of the book club thinks of it. I won't be reccomending it to my friends.
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