Book Reviews of The Red Queen

The Red Queen
The Red Queen
Author: Margaret Drabble
ISBN-13: 9780156032704
ISBN-10: 0156032708
Publication Date: 10/3/2005
Pages: 348
Rating:
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 24

3 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

5 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed The Red Queen on + 307 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
One of the best books from Margaret Drabble. Opens with the fascinating life of a Korean crowd princess and her unhappy and unhinged husband with court politics and intrigue from centuries past. Then moves to modern day acedemic lecture circuits and the everyday drama of different lives without a change in pace and still keeps a theme intact throughout. "Clever" doesn't even come close to describing it. A marvel of narrative technique and a really enjoyable story as well.
reviewed The Red Queen on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Loved the first half, POV the Crown Princess... but after only a few pages of the second half I quit. The third-person POV is very awkward... the idea, I think, is that it is the Princess's ghost observing. Didn't work for me. :(
reviewed The Red Queen on + 973 more book reviews
Couldn't get into this oddly-constructed tale of a 20th-century academic and her fascination with (or possession by) the diary of a late 19th-century Korean princess.
reviewed The Red Queen on + 2 more book reviews
Margaret Drabble is a fine novelist and the Red Queen carries on this tradition. The book is divided into two distinct parts of one story, each part told in completly different styles and feelings and yet they meld comfortably. There is terror and palace intrigue in the story of the Korean princess of 200 years ago, humor and understanding in the story of the modern day professor. I found it written quite convincingly, often had to remind myself that is was fiction.
reviewed The Red Queen on + 171 more book reviews
Margaret Drabble at her best writing.