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The Way We Were: Remembering Diana
The Way We Were: Remembering Diana
by Paul Burrell
Edition: Hardcover
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and loving memories of a friend, September 14, 2006
I loved this book and think anybody who read Royal Duty and liked it will really like this too.

This guy knew Diana better than many who want to write about her. He was closer to her and you can tell that. I dont' trust half of what I read about her. But when he talks about going back to her apartments years after her death to find the place ripped apart and tells you about his life and work with her there, you can feel his pain and frustration. When he talks about the way the royal family has honored the Queen Mum and Princess Margaret by turning their homes into museums, but hasn't done that for Diana, you can really see what he's doing -- he wants us to remember the special things about her, her compassion, the ways she was still growing into her own even in the summer before she died.

There are lots of scenes that ring completely true and are really unforgetable -- she and Burrell dig a grave for a stillborn child in Diana's garden in a solemn, very sad but loving and intimate little ceremony with the child's parents. And Burrell helps her sort out her romance with Dr. Kahn -- what could be a better example of what close friends do for each other?? -- and the way that story ends, with her breaking it up after two years, and Burrell's last visit with Kahn after her death -- is just heartbreaking. And there's very interesting stuff about the books and philosophy she was reading that helped her cope. If you like books, you'll find that very cool.

This guy knew Diana like no other and if you're interested in her, you have to read this book. It's different than Royal Duty, but well worth it. It's a story about love -- Burrell's friendship and admiration for her. And her love for Kahn, a man of dignity and integrity, who she couldn't have because of who she was.


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