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That Woman by Anne Sebba
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Mar 30, 2012

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Because this is such an enduring love story/tragedy, this biography is pretty good just by virtue of it's subject matter. I agree with some of the reviewers that the author brings up some issues with no proof to back her theories up. She bandies around various rumours such as the one that the Duchess (Wallis Simpson) had a sexual disorder, and was possibly a hermaphrodite. She also perpetuates the story I have heard before that Wallis learned some exotic sexual techniques in China, and that is perhaps why she, a rather plain, twice-divorced, middle-aged woman, so enthralled the Duke. These stories are never resolved, and while these snippets may make for a good excerpt for Vanity Fair and help to sell books, overall they do not add any lustre or credence to this biography. The writing is serviceable and some chapters are better than others. However, the basic story remains enthralling, tragic and pathetic in equal measures.
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