Book review: The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson by Rose Tremain


The Darkness Of Wallis SimpsonThe Darkness Of Wallis Simpson by Rose Tremain
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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” has completely gone from her mind. Other moments in her life she can vividly recall, but the world-shaking events at the heart of it are lost to her – apparently forever.

She lies bedridden in her house in Paris. A lawyer friend, Maitre Suzanne Blum has taken charge of her care. But, believing that Wallis has deliberately chosen to forget her “role in history”, Blum is determined to force her to remember this vital bit of the past, before she dies.

Original Music by David Chilton

Producer: Gordon House
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wwbzj

4* Restoration
3* Trespass
5* The Colour
2* Music & Silence
2* Merivel: A Man of His Time
2* The End of Love
3* The American Lover
2* The Road Home
3* The Darkness Of Wallis Simpson
TR Sacred Country

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