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Queens' Play by Dorothy Dunnett
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Nov 09, 11

bookshelves: unfinished, princess-fiction
Read in November, 2011

I cry uncle on this one.

I want to love Dunnett--I really do. She's clearly a brilliant historian, linguist, and storyteller, but she might be above my head. This is the second book of hers I've read (first was King Hereafter and the second that's left me worrying that I'm not smart enough. Her words wash over me, and I'm left with impressions of the characters and plot, but if I try to connect to them on a sentence by sentence level, I simply cannot. Words are slippery and hers can have several meanings, including archaic ones, so I'm left feeling like I can't trust my interpretation entirely.

I'd love to pick this up again, maybe with a book club or a dear friend who won't laugh at me, and unpack it carefully and perhaps move beyond appreciation to actual understanding.
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