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The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
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Apr 22, 2008

it was amazing
Read in April, 2008

My royal novel of choice is usually something about the British royal family – so “The Commoner” was a quite a refreshingly regal change for me. And that said - I loved every graceful, delicate word of it. The author’s light touch and poignant tone captures the grace and humility of the Japanese imperial culture until you are immersed within the painful intricacies of palace life. Based on Japan’s real-life royal family, the book takes you on the journey of two generations of Japanese Crown Princesses (both commoners) and the challenges these brave women face as their royal duty takes over every aspect their lives -- and forces them to question (and to remember) who they were before they became royal. I was often surprised that the author is male as his descriptions of female emotions were strikingly accurate and I was moved to tears several times. If you’re tired of reading about Princess Diana and Henry the VIII – but still crave royal material, this book is for you!
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