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Diana by Julie Burchill
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I can not give this book a star. It is a good thing that the author, Julie Burchill, did not try to imply divine Godlike status on Diana until the very last few pages of her book of I would have never read it to the end. I have read hundreds of books on Diana and the various members of the Royal Family. In doing so I have come to the understanding that Diana was as much, if not more so, to blame for the troubles in her marriage and life. Julie Burchill even writes that Diana was a liar and very devious. To the author that was fine but no one else could get away with it. One of many pictures that she included in the book showed Diana staring into the heavens while holding a nun's hand. It spoke volumes about Diana. I very much doubt that if Diana had been homely she would not have impacted the public as she did. Diana was a very flawed person who did do some good and deeply loved her children but overall was her own worst enemy. The author bashed the Royal Family but to her Diana could do no wrong no matter how badly she did.
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Of all the books that emerged from the death of Princess Diana, this is the most intensely personal. If historians want to understand the depth of feeling--mourning, sentimental self-identification, feminist and republican and class rage--that overtook large parts of Britain for several weeks after her death, they could do worse than look here. What sometimes count for faults in Burchill's writing--failures of logic, overstatement, the pursuit of the smart-ass remark at the expense of overall control--are her ways of saying what someone needed to say, or expressions of a person transfixed by deep emotion. Burchill sees Diana as a woman betrayed by a using and adulterous husband and distorted from childhood by the false values and iniquity of a class, who grew into a person of real compassion and social usefulness, escaping self-destructive urges and eating disorders to settle into a mature sensuality. The randomness of the car crash in a Paris underpass is seen as all the more terrible because it cut short the productive personal development for the princess. This is not the only possible reading of the facts in the case, but it is a coherent one, memorably expressed. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk

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