The Desperate Wifes Survival Plan jTed themes even successfully I also prefer Byatt s richer poetic writing style Drabble writes in a straightforward manner which appealed to me less I glanced through previous reviews and noticed I liked this book better than most I think I may have enjoyed it because I read itust after reading Possession I think reading the two at about the same time helped me get out of The Red ueen I m surprised Margaret Drabble s The Red ueen is on the 2006 list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
I really didn t find the book particularly interesting or uniue In really didn t find the book particularly interesting or uniue In I really didn t enjoy the book much at allPlot wise the first half the book is at least somewhat interesting It tells the story of a Korean crown princess forced into a marriage with a madman who is in line to become king While her tale is interesting I found it difficult to become really immersed in the story It felt much like a lecture or a history lessonI really detested the second half of the book which fairly arringly turns to third person narration as what I assume is the Red ueen tells the story of A Researcher Named Barbara Halliwell researcher named Barbara Halliwell reads the Red ueen s memoirs while on a trip to Korea I disliked the narration and endless paragraphs with uestions and The Story Itself Which story itself which rather boring Despite the parallels between the Red ueen and Halliwell I didn t feel the two stories really melded together wellUsually even if I don t enjoy a book on the 1001 list I can at least understand why it is on the list That s not the case with this book Oof I read The Radiant Way a long time ago and liked it but this was awful Drabble thinly disguises herself as a different aging British academic why why bother with the disguise and then channels not very successfully an eighteenth century Korean princess I say not very successfully because really most of it is Drabble imposing her late twentieth century values and preoccupations on this hapless historical figure Time travel gone really bad Stay away stay away. Nsnared by the events of the past week of the past two hundred years or will she pick up her life where she left itSet in eighteenth century Korea and the present day The Red ueen is a rich playful and atmospheric novel about love about personal and public history and what it means to be remembered Beautifully told ingeniously constructed this novel reveals Margaret Drabble at her extraordinary best From the Hardcover edition. ,
Kidding meAnd what is with this hypothetical princess dead for centuries comparing her society to ours A teaser about the this hypothetical princess dead for centuries comparing her society to ours A teaser about the By happy coincidence I started reading this book ust as I finished reading Possession by AS Byatt I decided to do a little research into Margaret Drabble with whom I was unfamiliar and discovered that she and Byatt are sisters With THAT KNOWLEDGE I COULDN T HELP BUT COMPARE THE knowledge I couldn t help but compare the novels and the authors styles Strangely enough or maybe not considering the possible ties and implications of sisterhood The Red ueen also deals with the theme of possession The first half of the novel tells the story of the Crown Princess of Korea and her husband Prince Sado The Crown Prince and Princess are actual historical figures Drabble bases this part of the novel on the Crown Princess memoirs there are several translations of the memoirs in existence Drabble tweaks the story a bit by having this section of the novel written as if the Princess is telling a version of her memoirs from the afterlife and in our present day The Princess lived during the 18th century The second part of the novel deals with Babs Halliwell an English academic of the present who is anonymously given a copy of the memoir and reads it while traveling to Korea for a conference She is enthralled by the story told in the memoirs and haunted or even possessed by the ghost of the princess Her possession of and by the memoirs goes on to change her lifeThe first memoir based section of the novel is a fascinating look at court life in 18th century Korea It is also a tragic family drama The relationship between Prince Sado and his father is truly awful The events of the memoir live up to the saying that truth is stranger and terrible than fiction I think Drabble succeeded in tying the two sections of the book together I also think she developed her themes of human universality the interplay of memoir and history and the idea of possession uite well However I think AS Byatt explored rela. Ncess on the plane to Seoul Barbara has become utterly engrossed in her story But why has the Red ueen selected Barbara to keep her story alive and what else does she want from her As she explores the inner sanctums and the royal courts Barbara Halliwell begins to feel a strong affinity for everything related to the princess and her mysterious life After a brief intense and ill fated love affair she returns to London Is she I found this book compelling on two fronts I was interested in the time and place Korea mid 1700s and I was interested in the author s story telling The first half of "THE NOVEL IS TOLD IN FIRST PERSON THROUGH THE "novel is told in first person through the of the title character the ghost of a noble born Korean woman Who Married The Crown Prince married the crown prince her kingdom while she was alive While telling her story she haunts a present day woman who appears to be the thinly disguised author To what end the ghost haunts is not clearly revealed The purported reason seems to be telling her story The ghost s story is compelling but why do it this wayThe second half of the novel takes an omniscient POV as it follows around the haunted woman During this part of the novel the author Margaret Drabble does two things I would think was beyond a professional and successful writer She sometimes has entire paragraphs in an interrogatory mode as her character analyzes her situation All these uestions are probably designed to raise the readers tension but for me it struck a histrionic note like some teenage girls do when seeking to dramatize their lives The second thing the author does is insert herself into the novel as a character In case you miss it she refers to herself as a writer and uses her own name for the character probably attempting to lend verisimilitude to the novelI have to say I found the novel nonetheless compelling The story of the Red ueen is worthy the story telling brave I may read about the historical character but I don t think I want to read Drabble Life is too short to read bad books This may not be a bad book however for me it is bewildering silly and time wasting I was looking forward to the historical content but any paragraph of historical style is immediately followed by 21st century knowledge and musings this makes the reading experience extraordinary disjointed and at best uncomfortableA Korean princess from the 1700 s discoursing knowledgeably about anorexia and post natal depression Are you. Two hundred years after being plucked from obscurity to marry the Crown Prince of Korea the Red ueen doesn’t want her extraordinary existence to be forgotten Her long and privileged life behind the Korean palace walls was not all it seemed and the Red ueen or her ghost is still desperate to retell her tale Dr Barbara Halliwell with her own complicated past seems the perfect envoy – having read the memoirs of the Crown Pri.