Book Reviews of The Queen of Whale Cay

The Queen of Whale Cay
The Queen of Whale Cay
Author: Kate Summerscale
ISBN-13: 9780670880188
ISBN-10: 0670880183
Publication Date: 5/1/1998
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
Ms. Summerscale has done an awful lot of research on a somewhat obscure subject, to put together a fascinating potrait of such an eccentric character. I confess I skimmed through the boat racing details, though they are an important part of the story.
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Helpful Score: 1
I picked this biography up at a used book sale not knowing anything about the subject, Joe Carstairs, or the author. I quite liked it. Usually I get 3/4 of the way into a biography and lose momentum; I finished this in a plane ride. Carstairs was an intersting woman who seemed to have made an impression on many people she met. Summerscale obviously did a lot of research and gives a lot of solid information without burdening the reader. I've never read such a slim biography that still managed to convey so much. It's interesting that Summerscale was spurred to write this after she was assigned to write Carstair's obituary - this reads something like an extended obituary for a major paper.