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The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
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Dec 12, 09

bookshelves: mystery
Read in December, 2009

The cover of this book says that it's "one of the greatest mysteries of all time" (according to the New York Times.) While that's definitely true of the historical mystery at the heart of the story (the infamous Princes in the Tower case- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princes_...), the same can't be said of the actual novel Tey wrote. Her characters are wooden, her dialogue is hokey, and worst of all, the whole thing feels like a shaky scaffold designed only to support an academic discussion of Richard III's character.

And while that discussion is interesting at times (for 500 years, historians have debated whether he was the scheming, Machiavellian murderer Thomas More made him out to be,) Tey is such a pro-Richard partisan that you sometimes feel like you're being dragged by the nose to embrace her position. That, together with her tisking dismissal of the possibility that people in power might abuse their positions at the expense of the weak and poor, give this short novella a slightly Ayn Rand-ish air.

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