June 30, 2011 by Post Team
Like, what if Princess Diana had not died in that tragic car accident in Paris? That’s the premise of the new novel by Monica Ali, “The Untold Story”, and is already raising eyebrows. In it, Diana fakes her own death in the famous car accident after her boyfriend’s yacht jumps, no beach in Brazil, has a little plastic surgery, and then finds its way to a small American town called Kensington (that’s right) and sits in a quiet, ordinary life, suburban as a tall, thin brunette named Lydia.
Tempting, sure, but here’s another yes. What if Diana was alive? What would have thought it? Does it make you just a little sensitive?
Ms. Ali, a high forehead British author of Booker-nominated “Brick Lane”, faces the heat in this, her most audacious novel. It has attracted little against the exploitation of poor taste.
But Ali is not alone in pushing the envelope with a fictionalized account of a real person. Mark Helprin “Freddy and Frederica”, a playful parody of a future king and queen of England, is a satire of Charles and Diana evening. And “American Wife” Curtis Sittenfeld is a woman scholar with liberal leanings who marries a rake no good either – which happens to be the son of a famous politician – and he loves drinking and parties and finally becomes President? Even I have to say is the fictional story of the life of Laura Bush. (Ms. Sittenfeld gently but firmly criticized the “untold story” as a gentle, simple and banal, in a review in The New York Times.)
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