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According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge
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Jul 08, 08

bookshelves: 21st-century, british-fiction, historical-fiction
Read in January, 2005

A novella which deals with the later years of Samuel Johnson, his clever, vivacious friend Hester Thrale, and Hester's young daughter, Queeney, who watches their relationship from the sidelines. It's a novel based on much original research, but the tone is somewhat uneven, the diction occasionally wobbling far away from authenticity, and the constant switching of point-of-view, sometimes within the same paragraph, made for disorienting and occasionally irritating viewing.
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