13 January 2009
My castle, my books.
Indulging in another bit of Charles Higham frippery: Princess Merle, The Romantic Life of Merle Oberon. I was lured in by the truth behind the studio machine's assertion that Merle was a Tasmanian aristocrat. Truth: she was born impoverished, to an Indian mother and an Anglo father in a crowded, public Bombay hospital and spent the rest of her life fiercely, assiduously whitening her skin and erasing her past.