Anastasia Hobbet's Reviews > The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O'Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea

The Pirate Queen by Barbara Sjoholm
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Apr 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir
Read in April, 2011

Sjoholm should have re-titled this book and re-written those first couple of chapters. Packaged as is, they make for a misleading hook, thus all these disappointed, even exasperated, readers. I find myself wondering if the flashy title was her publisher's idea, and she wrote those early Grace O'Malley chapters more with more hope than good judgment. They don't belong in this otherwise fine book--or at least they don't belong in this form, in which Sjoholm promises a much different book than she delivers. What she delivers is excellent, both educational and entertaining. She got me interested in a topic I felt I had very little interest in, no small feat. She's a travel writer, first and foremost, with the travel writer's propensity toward some autobiography. I like that. But the title is a problem--and it's lost her many potential fans, I feel sure.

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message 1: by Andrea (new) - added it

Andrea Yeah, I'm on chapter 2 and about to quit this book and switch to another, but I'll keep this one for when I feel more like reading about what she's actually writing.

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