Margaret Drabble: The Red ueen



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Le imposing her late twentieth century values and preoccupations on this hapless historical figure Time travel gone really bad Stay away stay away Where do I start The beginning part of the book was confusing With the different names for the years and dates not to mention the foreign names it was very hard to keep a handle on the book And I happen to be Korean I speak read and write it as well The story of the prince Sado however is one very well known in Korea My parents Loving Jessie used to repeat it with a sense of gleeful macabre about how even a prince can meet his doom if the child does not obey their parents So I was probably prejudiced against the book to begin with The first half of the book I found myself screaming get to it already And when she finally got to the climax of the story she portrays the Crown Princess as a wife who does nothing to save her husband Not even a visit and a kind word through the dam Life is too short to read bad books This may not be a bad book however for me it is bewildering silly and time wasting I was looking forward to the historical content but any paragraph of historical style is immediately followed by 21st century knowledge and musings this makes the reading experience extraordinary disjointed and at bestncomfortableA Korean princess from the 1700 s discoursing knowledgeably about anorexia and post natal depression Are you kidding meAnd what is with this hypothetical princess dead for centuries comparing her society to ours A teaser about the fashions of the day followed by a discourse on Confucius and Oedipus then a statement that of course we knew nothing about the ancient GreeksWhatever this narrative is trying to do I do not think it succeeds and I am very disappointed that the book I bought expecting to read about eighteenth century Korea is a complete fail Anyone want a free book 7 The Red Behind Closed Doors (Made in Montana, ueen Margaret DrabbleThe Redeen is a 2004 novel by British novelist Margaret Drabble The novel describes the trip of a British academic on a trip to Seoul to give a paper at a conference At the beginning of the novel the academic Dr Babs Halliwell reads the memoir of a 19th century Korean princessTwo hundred years after being plucked from obscurity to marry the Crown Prince of Korea the Red The Marshals Pursuit ueen doesn t want her extraordinary existence to be forgotten Her long and privileged life behind the Korean palace walls was not all it seemed and the Redeen or her ghost is still desperate to retell her tale 2018 1396 415 9789644084607 20 I m surprised Margaret Drabble s The Red Mistresses ueen is on the 2006 list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die I really didn t find the book particularly interesting orniue In fact I really didn t enjoy the book much at allPlot wise the first half the book is at least somewhat interesting It tells the story of a Korean crown princess forced into a marriage with a madman who is in line to become king While her tale is interesting I found it difficult to become really immersed in the story It felt much like a lecture or a history lessonI really detested the second half of the book which fairly jarringly turns to third person narration as what I assume is the Red Made of Honor ueen tells the story of a researcher named Barbara Halliwell who reads the Redeen s memoirs while on a trip to Korea I disliked the narration and endless paragraphs with Soldiers Pregnancy Protocol / In the Enemys Arms uestions and the story itself which was rather boring Despite the parallels between the Redeen and Halliwell I didn t feel the two stories really melded together wellUsually even if I don t enjoy a book on the 1001 list I can at least The Substitute Groom (Hawks Way understand why it is on the list That s not the case with this book I pickedp my copy of THE RED UEEN several years ago per the suggestion of Peter Boxall s list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die helpfully spreadsheeted by the Internet Unfortunately somewhere between 2003 an 2010 he changed his mi. Ncess on the plane to Seoul Barbara has become tterly engrossed in her story But why has the Red een selected Barbara to keep her story alive and what else does she want from her As she explores the inner sanctums and the royal courts Barbara Halliwell begins to feel a strong affinity for everything related to the princess and her mysterious life After a brief intense and ill fated love affair she returns to London Is she

I think this is my first book ever from Margaret Drabble and it might by my last I have no idea if that will be true or not but at this point well The Red een was such a disappointment for meOkay so The Red een is about a Korean crown princess being forced to marry a mad man who is line to become the next king or the king Either way I didn t really care Now her tale is somewhat entertaining and a smidge interesting but you ll get bored rather The Missing Heir uickly Just like I did Or not if you re into the whole mindset of marriage back in the days I d rather sit through a lecture on all of the sciences wrapped together than reread this book ever again AND I HATE SCIENCE SO GOD DAMN MUCHNow around the half way point of this book you ll really start to hate yourself because you somehow convinced yourself to keep on reading What if it gets better It wont What if I drink some wine and I ll start to like it Drink 3 bottles and you ll endp hating it even Okay maybe I m being a bit harsh but I just hated everything from Barbara s POV I wanted to stab the book repeatedly burn it or gift it to someone I really hate Again it could just be me but I wish I would ve stayed away from this book By happy coincidence I started reading this book just as I finished reading Possession by AS Byatt I decided to do a little research into Margaret Drabble with whom I was Heart Of Stone (Morgans Mercenaries, unfamiliar and discovered that she and Byatt are sisters With that knowledge I couldn t help but compare the two novels and the authors styles Strangely enough or maybe not considering the possible ties and implications of sisterhood The Redeen also deals with the theme of possession The first half of the novel tells the story of the Crown Princess of Korea and her husband Prince Sado The Crown Prince and Princess are actual historical figures Drabble bases this part of the novel on the Crown Princess memoirs there are several translations of the memoirs in existence Drabble tweaks the story a bit by having this section of the novel written as if the Princess is telling a version of her memoirs from the afterlife and in our present day The Princess lived during the 18th century The second part of the novel deals with Babs Halliwell an English academic of the present who is anonymously given a copy of the memoir and reads it while traveling to Korea for a conference She is enthralled by the story told in the memoirs and haunted or even possessed by the ghost of the princess Her possession of and by the memoirs goes on to change her lifeThe first memoir based section of the novel is a fascinating look at court life in 18th century Korea It is also a tragic family drama The relationship between Prince Sado and his father is truly awful The events of the memoir live Deanna Raybourn Lady Julia Grey Volume 2: Dark Road to Darjeeling\The Dark Enquiry\Silent Night bonus story (A Lady Julia Grey Mystery) up to the saying that truth is stranger and terrible than fiction I think Drabble succeeded in tying the two sections of the book together I also think she developed her themes of humanniversality the interplay of memoir and history and the idea of possession Not Our Kind uite well However I think AS Byatt explored related themes even successfully I also prefer Byatt s richer poetic writing style Drabble writes in a straightforward manner which appealed to me less I glanced through previous reviews and noticed I liked this book better than most I think I may have enjoyed it because I read it just after reading Possession I think reading the two at about the same time helped me get out of The Redeen Many years ago I studied the early novels of Margaret Drabble as the subject of my Master s thesis but since the Oof I read The Radiant Way a long time ago and liked it but this was awful Drabble thinly disguises herself as a different aging British academic why why bother with the disguise and then channels not very successfully an eighteenth century Korean princess I say not very successfully because really most of it is Drabb. Two hundred years after being plucked from obscurity to marry the Crown Prince of Korea the Red Montana Reunion (Big Sky Centennial, ueen doesn’t want her extraordinary existence to be forgotten Her long and privileged life behind the Korean palace walls was not all it seemed and the Redeen or her ghost is still desperate to retell her tale Dr Barbara Halliwell with her own complicated past seems the perfect envoy – having read the memoirs of the Crown Pri.

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Nd and THE RED UEEN got the boot to make way for new selections This still makes me really angry if I think about it too hard as I was doing a few days ago when I saw it on my shelf and decided to read it anyway read it proudly and indignantly Ha ha Ha ha ha ha I did read it and pretty ickly I see what other reviewers were saying when they wrote that feels a little like two novellas put side to side One is a first person account of an 18th century Korean Crown Princess who tells about court intrigue and her marriage to Prince Sado who went spectacularly crazy in the way only royalty can and was then executed in a terrible way by his own father I really enjoyed this section I think in large part because of my own ignorance about Korean history despite having actually taken a course in Korean history Back in the Day that Was Also Known as College So thanks ignorance The princess argues her case and asks for forgiveness for her role in what would come to be known as the Imo Incident and she starts off so gracefully and ietly that I wasn t Roped Into Romance (www.gIRL-gEAR uite expecting the magnitude of the prince s crazy or his fate I was sort of expecting Oh my husband he talks to the castle cats and asks them about the weather Not Oh my husband sometimes he interrupts my embroidery by walking in with a eunuch s head on a spike but we do our best to keep it hush hush Yikes But it does make for riveting reading The narrative is a little disjointed and I wish there would have been a little bit of an effort to form it into scenes but I suppose it is difficult being a ghost AND thinking about ease of storytelling so it is okay But after the Princess finishes her tale we jump forward 200 years and change to follow academic Babs Boring Halliday as she lands in Korea for a conference on something Medical ethics maybe A strange benefactor has sent her an old translation of the Crown Princess s memoirs and she reads them on the plane and is enraptured because hey She also has a crazy husband and likes the color red Small world When she lands in Korea Babs meets a doctor who is well versed in Korean history and she endsp going to visit the palace and the princess s burial place while also having an impressively Quebrando Regras (Os Westmorelands un scintillating affair with a fellow respected academic who view spoiler actually dies of the boredom andor a heart attack hide spoiler I found this book compelling on two fronts I was interested in the time and place Korea mid 1700s and I was interested in the author s story telling The first half of the novel is told in first person through the eyes of the title character the ghost of a noble born Korean woman who married the crown prince of her kingdom while she was alive While telling her story she haunts a present day woman who appears to be the thinly disguised author To what end the ghost haunts is not clearly revealed The purported reason seems to be telling her story The ghost s story is compelling but why do it this wayThe second half of the novel takes an omniscient POV as it follows around the haunted woman During this part of the novel the author Margaret Drabble does two things I would think was beyond a professional and successful writer She sometimes has entire paragraphs in an interrogatory mode as her character analyzes her situation All theseestions are probably designed to raise the readers tension but for me it struck a histrionic note like some teenage girls do when seeking to dramatize their lives The second thing the author does is insert herself into the novel as a character In case you miss it she refers to herself as a writer and Reclaim Me (McCoy Raven Brothers uses her own name for the character probably attempting to lend verisimilitude to the novelI have to say I found the novel nonetheless compelling The story of the Redeen is worthy the story telling brave I may read about the historical character but I don t think I want to read Drabble. Nsnared by the events of the past week of the past two hundred years or will she pick p her life where she left itSet in eighteenth century Korea and the present day The Red een is a rich playful and atmospheric novel about love about personal and public history and what it means to be remembered Beautifully told ingeniously constructed this novel reveals Margaret Drabble at her extraordinary best From the Hardcover edition.

AS Byatt The pair seldom see each other and each does not read the books of the other