Marigold's Reviews > Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony

Roanoke by Lee Miller
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Jun 01, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: history, non-fiction

This is a very odd & oddly funny history about the disappearance of a group of over 100 settlers on the North Carolina island of Roanoke in 1587. I wanted to read it because I love real-life historical mysteries. I would have gotten more out of it if it were not so badly written. Miller takes elements of a cliffhanger murder mystery, a history of Elizabethan political favoritism, and an anthropological examination of Native American languages, & tries to make a coherent book out of it. To top it off, she decided the mystery would be more mysterious if she didn't write about events in chronological order! Mysterious indeed! I think this is an interesting story & I was intrigued by what I learned about the Native American tribes. But the unintentionally hilarious style made it impossible for me to take it seriously! "Their forsaken condition means only one thing...SABOTAGE." (Cue dramatic music.) "Could there be more to this story?" Miller asks. "How on earth did this happen?" she writes. "I don't KNOW!" Marigold replies. Let me turn the page and find out! And my favorite Miller-ism - "The time has come. We must face the horror." Really, I almost fell off my chair laughing! (And my friends don't know why I find history so frequently hilarious!)
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Started Reading
May 1, 2008 – Finished Reading
June 1, 2008 – Shelved
August 7, 2010 – Shelved as: history
August 7, 2010 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Fie on you, Marigold, for making me shriek with laughter and choke on my $37 mocha while sitting at my desk! You already read a lot, but you should read even more, if only to keep churning out gems like this. Thanks!

message 2: by Jan (new) - added it

Jan Lol I honestly wanted to read this but I'm really not sure I can tolerate the "cliffhangery" shenanigans. Where was her editor? Thanks for the fantastic review. From another lover of historical mysteries, your frustration is heard.

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