“Untold Story” is a novel by Monica Ali.It was published by Scribner,A division of Simon & Schuster,Inc.The date of publication is June 2011.It’s a hardcover edition.
2011 was the year when Princess Diana would turn fifty,had she lived. The author has imagined a different fate for Diana in her new novel,’Untold Story’. I think the sole purpose of the author is to tell about the the life she lived as a princess . Had she lived what it would be like. Whenever an author chooses to write about a celebrity he/she puts before the reader the price the celebrities pay for fame.
This is the story of Lydia, a princess in disguise.She moves to a small community.No one knows her here.She makes a few friends.To make herself useful she takes a job at a Kensington Canine Sanctuary. The disguise doesn’t help her that much.She is spotted by Grabowski, a paparazzi who knew her when she was a princess.He photographs her whenever he can,to make a bundle of cash. She realizes she is not safe and contemplates on leaving this sanctuary.
In my opinion the author is telling her readers that a celebrity,he or she cannot live an ordinary life. There will always be people who can find find them.The author introduces Diana as an unfortunate person whose life and marriage were both fairy tale and nightmare rolled into one. She was adored by millions,she suffered rejection and betrayal by the people she thought were her own. The author says if she had lived, would she have found happiness or the curse of fame would be too great.
The author tries to tell her readers that Diana would not be able to live a normal life.
I liked the book.It is well organized.I think this book can be read by any adult or even teenagers.The language is clear and simple.The readers will enjoy it more if they know the background of the main character in the story.