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The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble
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Aug 12, 2009

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This book didn't really pick up until the last 75 pages. The first half follows the story of the Korean Crown Princess in the eighteenth century. It's an interesting--and, I gather, true--story, but it's narrated by the dead princess in contemporary times. Apparently, you are free to read in the after-life--that's good news, I suppose--so her telling of the historical story is flavored by works and philosophies from later time periods. It almost seems like a short cut for the writer, so she didn't have to filter out any of her modern ideas. The second half follows a scholar in contemporary times, who reads the Crown Princess's memoirs. It's not her field of study, so it's not like she has any special insight or uncovers any additional information in her research. I didn't really get how the two stories were connected . . . but the book gets pretty interesting when the scholar has a torrid affair during a conference in Korea. So, there's that.
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