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The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
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Nov 30, 08

bookshelves: 1001-list, 2008
Read in November, 2008

I found this on the list of 1001 book to read before you die and I honestly can't remeber a book that's been quite so painful to finish. The first 150 pages was a stream consciousness (with no chapter or section breaks) that went through the story of a Koren Crown Princess in the 1700s. The story of her life could have been introducing were it not told through ramblings but more in a sensible manner.

Part two began with the ghost of this princess watching over her modern day "envoy", a woman who read and become very interested in her memoirs. At first there are references to the princess taking over her envoy and powering her mind, but Drabble seems to run out of steam with this idea, and part two turns into a seperate story of a woman attending a convetion in Korea and her liasons. It is told with such clincal precision, that you don't really feel as though you're reading a novel, but rather someone is recounting the events of a day.

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