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Better than I thought it would be
on January 15, 2003
Based upon what other Amazon.com reviewers had to say, I didn't expect much from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The writing is good, a little hero-worshiping of Diana comes through, but that's tolerable. I notice the author only interviewed some of the more wacko or cheeseball "friends" of Diana (Simone Simmons, the faith healer, taken seriously?? but I guess Diana took her seriously at one time). However, at least you learn more about Hasnat Khan & his background (sounds like a really nice person, and all his family too). I can't agree with the author that Diana was a stronger person at the end of her life -- she seemed to me to be very immature still. Imagine taking up with Dodi Fayed to make another man jealous, sure he was a multi-millioniare but please, the guy had had so many women (what did he tell Diana about his fiance, Kelly Fisher??), and there was his drug habit...I wouldn't touch him with a barge pole. That's mature, strong behavior on Diana's part? I think she was so devastated when Dr. Khan finally broke it off, that she went into a tailspin & into her old, self-destructive, immature behavior. Manipulative, too, if you believe that she planned for the "Kiss" picture and the others being taken (which I believe). The author doesn't agree with my thoughts, but she doesn't force the issue, she just mentions that other friends thought Diana sounded strong at what turned out to be the end of her life. It's an interesting book, not the best one on Diana, but thoughtful and brings out some unknown background on her relationship with Hasnat Khan.