My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco (英語) ハードカバー – 2014/9/4
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Get to know the real Princess Grace, from the first years of her marriage to the last days of her life. "My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco: Our 25-Year Friendship, Beyond Grace Kelly" chronicles what it was like to be best friends with an iconic princess, with 70 never-before-seen personal photos, letters and diaries that give a behind-the-scenes look at Grace Kelly's life after she became Princess Grace. Gain rare insight into her final days through a detailed account of her last family vacation the month before her tragic death. This is also the true story of the historic events depicted in "Grace of Monaco," in which Grace Kelly was to return to Hollywood at a time when Prince Rainier almost lost his crown and country.
She speaks with such precise detail about the Princess' charitable works, her empathy, and her extreme dedication to her family and friends. Only an individual who knew her intimately could have given us such infinite minute about the princess, yet, at the same time, holding her confidences. Joan Dale chose to write this book, with the assistance of her daughter, many years after Grace's own untimely demise; indeed, her daughter gleaned much of the information from notes and pictures that her mother, who perhaps never intended to even write a book, years after her own mother's passing. These facts indicate to us that perhaps they were not attempting to make money, but rather, tell us an intimate portrait of a woman they both admired.
In addition to details relative to the Princess' own family relationships and charities, we are treated to an interesting historical discourse on Monaco as a principality itself. The challenges with DeGaulle and Onassis, as well as the history of the Grimaldi family going back centuries.
The only reason I did not give this book five stars is because, in my opinion, there were parts that were rather boring, particularly her letters to her mother - one did not need to hear all about the galas, balls, etc. that she wrote to her mother about. It's nice the author wrote to her mother, it's just that all in all, it tended to "break up" and disrupt some of the more interesting facts in the book and near the end, one started skipping over the "dear Mom" parts!
While not the best memoir I have ever read, I do believe it is up there, and certainly worth picking up from Amazon; and most certainly gives the most truthful description of the life of this remarkable woman to date.
The fairy tale wedding, and the wedding of the century, to Prince Rainier III was just the beginning. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace were a magnificent couple. Her presence filled a room, more beautiful than one could imagine, and the Prince was affable, with a magnetic personality, although somewhat shy.
The book takes you through the crises with France, and the threat of Prince Rainier losing his throne. Prince Rainier had to deal with DeGaulle and his ultimatum stating that if Rainier kept his stance of remaining an independent and absolute ruler,he would depose the Prince. The issue was finally resolved in 1962 when Prince Rainier announced that a new constitution would soon be implemented.
Princess Grace was portrayed as a very genuine person, being compassionate and caring, warm and loving, and most importantly, humble and down to earth. During her 26 years as Princess of Monaco, she had a charismatic presence and a beauty that shone brightly from deep within. There are no tawdry details revealed in this book - kudos to the author for that!
My only negative comment - too much information, and I must admit I did some skimming over a lot of details. But that being said, for the most part, this was a good read. My rating - 3.5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.