The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson

The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson

Rose Tremain / Jul 13, 2020
The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson From the author of The Gustav SonataWallis Simpson the twice divorced American woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated in ended her life as the prisoner of her lawyer who would not allow anyone fr
  • Title: The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson
  • Author: Rose Tremain
  • ISBN: 9780099268567
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the author of The Gustav SonataWallis Simpson, the twice divorced American woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated in 1936, ended her life as the prisoner of her lawyer who would not allow anyone friend, foe or journalist to visit her in her Paris flat Rose Tremain takes this true story and transforms it into an imaginative and ironic fiction Her thesis is that WalFrom the author of The Gustav SonataWallis Simpson, the twice divorced American woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated in 1936, ended her life as the prisoner of her lawyer who would not allow anyone friend, foe or journalist to visit her in her Paris flat Rose Tremain takes this true story and transforms it into an imaginative and ironic fiction Her thesis is that Wallis, gaga and bed ridden, has forgotten the king who gave up an empire for love of her.The other stories in this magnificent collection range over a variety of themes, equally original and unexpected An East German border guard, redundant after the Berlin Wall comes down in 1989, imagines that he might still have a purpose in life he tries to reach Russia by bicycling across the hostile wastes of Poland A jilted man gets his revenge A baby grows wings A character in an Impressionist painting escapes from his frame or does he And there s a Christmas story set in a seedy hotelOver a million Rose Tremain books sold A writer of exceptional talent Tremain is a writer who understands every emotion Independent I There are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain Irish Times Tremain has the painterly genius of an Old Master, and she uses it to stunning effect The Times Rose Tremain is one of the very finest British novelists Salman Rushdie Tremain is a writer of exemplary vision and particularity The fictional world is rendered with extraordinary vividness Marcel Theroux, Guardian
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      • Rose Tremain

        Rose Tremain s best selling novels have won many awards, including the Baileys Women s Prize, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Prix Femina Etranger Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer Richard Holmes.


    864 Comments

    1. I didn t read the book I listened to the radio play preparatory to reading That Woman The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor I was impressed by the script, less so by the story This is just a brief review because the words of the author on her own book illuminate this strange, dark play better than I canegraph culture tvSince she and her husband, the King Edward VIII who abdicated for her the only king to have ever abdicated by his own free will in the UK were best mates with Hitler and [...]


    2. Description Wallis Simpson, the twice divorced American woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated in 1936, ended her life as the prisoner of her lawyer who would not allow anyone friend, foe or journalist to visit her in her Paris flat Rose Tremain takes this true story and transforms it into an imaginative and ironic fiction Her thesis is that Wallis, gaga and bed ridden, has forgotten the king who gave up an empire for love of herc programmes b00wwbzjBBC s description A play imagining the last days [...]


    3. From BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama A play imagining the last days of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, the woman for whom King Edward VIII gave up the throne of England in 1936 Wallis is now 79 years old Edward has been dead for fourteen years.The play pivots upon a single dramatic conceit that Wallis, now entering the darkness of approaching death, has forgotten every single thing about Edward Her entire part in what an American journalist once called the greatest story since the Resurrection h [...]


    4. Very hard for me to rate I m sure this collection of short stories was technically very good, it just didn t really appeal to me.


    5. I love Rose Tremain s writing especially her wit and turn of phrase The Darkness of Wallis Simpson is a novel of short stories which I am not in the habit of reading I prefer large novels if they are good and hate it when they finish However this collection of short stories was cleverly written as usual but the stories were very dark unlike her Merival character, as in Restoration abd its newer sequel, which was everything witty, entertaining and dark in places but not to be taken so seriously H [...]


    6. I really admire Rose Tremain s writing and was not disappointed with this collection of short stories The first one being, of course the best Sympathy for Wallis is easy to feel as she croaks and stumbles through the last days of her life though every memory in her life comes with shards of glass nastiness and the self regard she was famous for By the end though you feel you ve spent time with her the good and the bad bits.


    7. After the brilliance of The Gustav Sonata 2016 I am keeping the Rose Tremain express rolling along with a collection of her short stories.The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson 2005 which contains 12 short stories.I ve read the first one It gives the collection its title, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson , and it s a brilliantly told short story about the last days of Wallis Simpson Wallis is confused and suffering from dementia, and bullied by her French lawyer Suzanne Blum In Rose Tremain s skilful hand [...]


    8. I am not good at reading short stories, and picked this because I thought it was a novel, but I am trying to push myself out of my comfort zone so decided to read these stories anyway And, I really do struggle to appreciate a short story I am a big fan of Rose Tremain, and she writes beautifully, but few of the stories really engaged me, and I was disappointed with those that did because I felt short changed when they ended so suddenly as I wanted to get to know the characters better There were [...]


    9. An uneven collection of short stories three or four were brilliant, a few were quite good and a few should never have been included The overall theme is darkness in almost every story someone dies or a character is irrevocably affected by an early tragedy in their life I do enjoy the way that Tremain writes and how she catapults you into quite different settings so quickly and easily.


    10. I ve listened to this in the car over the last week, it was beautifully read by Stephen Greif and Eleanor Bron in perfect to my ear accents Listening to an audio book is a very different experience from reading it oneself and I believe the narrator makes a vital contriution to its success or otherwise.These short stories are varied, surprising, sad and sometimes strange The main and longest story is The Darkness of Wallis Simpson it imagines her final days, living in seclusion and suffering with [...]



    11. An exceptional collection of short stories with a common thread running through all of them the darkness mentioned in the title story Sometimes the strength of the human spirit provides sufficient light, but sometimes it does not.


    12. I guess I m just not a short story person Perhaps they were ruined for me by too many forced readings of The Rocking Horse Winner during my school days If I like a short story, I m disappointed in it because it doesn t continue to novel length If I dislike it, I feel like my time has been wasted I had a little of each of those feelings in reading The Darkness of Wallis Simpson I purchased it because, at first, I was under the misapprehension that it was a novel about Wallis Simpson s final days [...]


    13. Excellent short stories A good collection each stands alone, each is different, but there are links One general theme is perception and the gaps between the idea of something presented in film, in historical studies and how it actually was for an individual, the gaps between an individual s idea of something and how it actually turns out to be for them The characters varied viewpoints, the narrator s viewpoint, an authorial view and descriptions of a view presented in photographs or writing are [...]


    14. Rose Tremain writes short stories with a wonderful punch I was impressed by the variety of subject matter and that she has no identifiable style either in her novels or short stories Every story had a new locale or was possibly set in an earlier period of history The first one almost a novella and never published elsewhere, was a stunning representation of Wallis Simpson s life I now need to read a biography to expand on what Tremain began Tremain is an author that deserves to be well known, th [...]


    15. Masterful short stories from Rose Tremain My particular interest in the Abdication and the woman who created the crisis found a surprising perspective in this sad tale of Wallis late life, telling us about her earlier life in flashback Other stories take us around Europe and wider into the world of individuals living their separate and unique lives, each story polished and crafted to be a perfect nugget to savour.


    16. I m not a huge fan of short stories, but this is a mind entering insight into Wallis Simpson s world of dementia in her last days It conveys the heartbreaking grasping at lost memories, and shreds of recollection in a most poignant way Poor Wallis she doesn t recall the scandal she caused, but she knows there was a special man in her earlier life


    17. This is a wonderful book and the title story is an absolutely fascinating look at the last days of the Duchess of Windsor s life as she lay in a coma, aided by the evil Maitre Blum Every story in this book is exquisite I just discovered this author like Alan Bennett and cannot wait to read .


    18. Hm ok I bought this because I had read That Woman about Wallis Simpson, but this didn t tell me anything I didn t already know I think I read too fast for short stories as they all seem to blur into one, but I enjoyed some of them they seemed geared to my time of life I always enjoy Rose Tremain books and this wouldn t stop me reading others.


    19. Quatre courtes nouvelles de Rose TremainLa derni re, d une dizaine de pages peine, a inspir Ricky de Fran ois Ozon, la curieuse histoire d un b b dot d ailesLa premi re Les t n bres de Wallis Simpson nous met la place de la femme pour qui douard VIII a abandonn le tr ne atteinte de la maladie d Alzheimer, elle ne parvient plus se souvenir de son nom.


    20. This is certainly not a book to read if you re looking to be uplifted The stories deal with mortality and the ordinariness of life Some of the stories I really didn t like, but towards the end it picked up a lot Not Tremain s best work by far though, but I do find I compare all short story collections to Alice Munro, and that s a tall order indeed


    21. Series of short stories Characters are well developed but story lines are very dark I began to predict how each would end in other words, what would be the horrible ending Each story on its own was well written but as a collection, too depressing.


    22. This book contains a number of short stories only one of which is about Wallis Simpson.I thought only two of these short stories were worth reading, The Dead Are Only Sleeping and Peerless , the rest were pointless mediocre.


    23. Every now and again I find a writer that I have always dreamed existed but never found This was one of those times and I am very pleased I picked this book up.



    24. As you would expect with a short story collection, some appeal than others The title one I didn t like, Peerless I really liked interesting range of subjects, styles and voices.



    25. I m looking for the stories recorded by BBC as her Five Stories, especially Peerless The Five Stories Peerless Loves Me, Loves Me Not The Ebony Hand Moth How It Stacks Up


    26. It s been a long time since I read a short story collection This collection was a brilliant reminder of what I ve missed.



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