Prince Charles

Prince Charles

The Passions and Paradoxes of An Improbable Life

Book - 2017
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From the bestselling author of "Elizabeth the Queen" comes an unprecedented in-depth look at Prince Charles: the real man, with all of his contradictions, complexities, and ambitions. Beginning with his lonely childhood, and moving through his many love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, the tragedy of his marriage to Diana, and his eventual reunion with his true love Camilla - this is a riveting, insightful portrait of a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet who has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role.
Publisher: New York, New York : Random House, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781400067909
Characteristics: xxii, 596 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some colour), map, portraits (some colour) ;,25 cm.

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thebritlass
Aug 23, 2017

Very interesting reading, with a good distribution of childhood, the "Diana years," and more recent material. I thought the author did a fine job of balancing the man's good and the weak characteristics. I have a new sympathy for Charles, while still raising my eyebrows over much of what he stands for.

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PAMELAB7279
Jun 27, 2017

As the newest biography on Prince Charles, it was just what I needed to catch up on his life for the last years. Needless to say, I only read the last half of the book. :)

AL_KATI Jun 13, 2017

Here's the thing: I'm a bit of an Anglophile so this was right up my alley. But if felt like the author lost her steam about 2/3 in and was just reciting facts and timelines, which made it a dry read. Also, not very much on his childhood.

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ownedbydoxies
Jun 08, 2017

An excellent and very up-to-date review of Charles' life - which has definitely been an interesting one! What I really enjoy with this author is that she presents the facts in a very readable and easily-followed manner, while not taking sides herself. She just simply tells it like it is and lets the reader make their own judgments.

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claire1953
May 04, 2017

If you know nothing about Charles, this is a good book to read. This was not an authorized biography but the author did have access to several good sources. The book tries to make sense of his marriage to Diana while explaining the attraction between him and Camilla. The author clearly shows how avant-gardiste Charles was and that he should be a good King. We also discover that he was a good father to Harry and a William. Interesting.

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RodeoPrincess
Apr 25, 2017

For me, an amateur British Royal Family aficionado for over 30 years, the first 100 pages of this very long book was interesting, but slogged down at about 150 pages. I'm not critical of Sally Bedell Smith - she's an amazing researcher and writer, but the extremely detailed story of Prince Charles didn't hold my attention. I guess I'm not the big fan of the Royals that I thought I was after all.

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StarGladiator
Jan 21, 2017

Although normally not a fan of any royal family [none should exist today, I believe], I confess to finding this specific royal interesting: anyone who has gone through military training in all branches of the armed forces is a cut above [having served in two military branches in America, I have an idea of what I'm talking about]. Might be an interesting read . . . .

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