A WIDKEDLY FUNNY TALE ABOUT THE BRITISH ROYALS "Their right Royal Highnesses take their first steps into their new. less than palatial, residence in a run-down midlands council estate;; The Queen's election night nightmare of a Republican state is taking place with hilarious consequences."
From the cover: Written with wit and affection, Sue Townsend's The Queen and I is a romp well-worth every side-splitting minute. Propelled to #1 on the British best-seller lists, this good-natured political farce will be a welcome diversion for American readers as well.
It is the Queen's worst nightmare come to life...the newly-elected Prime Minister doesn't support the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is out of a job and Buckingham Palace -- all in the space of a few days. Relocated to a subsidized housing complex, Elizabeth Windsor and the other Royals must accustom themselves to life among ordinary blighters.
...Narrator Barbara Rosenblat's vast repertoire of voices and accents not only enhances Townsend's modern fable, but also enables the unaccustomed ear to appreciate the subtle humor hidden in the colorful dialect of the Royal's new neighbors, whose off-the-cuff comments provide some of the most memorable and insightful political satire in the book."
I found this very enjoyable. ("Side-splitting" is an exaggeration though...just humorous, I'd say.) The narrator is wonderful and listening to all the different accents is really fun. Note, though, that the story is set in 1992 and Diana is alive to be made fun of among the royal family. I'd recommend this to Anglophiles, and the humor will probably be most appreciated by those of us who were adults in 1992.
Very enjoyable story full of good chuckles, but with an ending which could all too scarily come true, but for a different country. You'll see what I mean when you read it.
This book is a bestseller in England and understandably so. It's well paced and imaginative. However, it wasn't for me. For those in England, it's probably very funny to think of the royal family living at the low end of the totem pole; however, I am not too familiar with the who's who of the royal family and I'm sure many references and side jokes went right over my head.
But the idea is great, if someone were to write something similar with well known Americans in mind, it'd be funny.
Bottom line: if you are familiar and already understand the characteristics and nuances of royal fam members, then go for it. If not, a certain familiarity is needed for a full appreciation.