EBOOK / KINDLE The Red ueen
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You Ll Get Bored Ratherll get bored rather 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 eep 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 end up hating
it even Okay maybe I m being a bit harsh but I justeven Okay maybe I m being a bit harsh but I just 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 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books This may not be a bad book however for me it is bewildering silly and time wasting I was looking forward to the historical content but any paragraph of historical style is immediately followed by 21st century Buried Sins (The Three Sisters Inn, knowledge and musings this makes the reading experience extraordinary disjointed and at best uncomfortableA Korean princess from the 1700 s discoursingnowledgeably about anorexia and post natal depression Are you Six Days in Leningrad 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 wenew 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 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 The Darkness 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 wellnown in Korea My parents 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 ind word through the damned rice chestAs a Korean woman I would like to note that not all Korean women are such wimps There have been many good
Korean Woman Who Have Thrownwoman who have thrown own bodies over the ones of their loved ones begging for mercy on their behalf Love even obligatory one brings out the best ind of courage and Korean women have not been immune to love and courageThe second part of the book was just a self glorified verbal vomit as my English Lit teacher used to say I don t see how Babs story relates to the Crown Princess at all The author is trying to compare a royal princess who is a wimp by the way to a convention hussy Babs Halliwell Perhaps because they both failed to help their mentally ill husbands That would be the only connection between the two Lastly the passive and flowery prose is jumpy forced and uncomfortable to read I feel like this author exploited the tragic story of the Prince Sado to justify her own self absorbed verbal vomit Who ever heard of an author inserting herself into the novel like she did 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 Drabble imposing her late twentieth century values and preoccupations on this hapless historical figure Time travel gone really bad Stay away stay awa. Nsnared by the events of the past week of the past two hundred years or will she pick up her life where she left itSet in eighteenth century Korea and the present day The Red ueen 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. 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 * novel is told in first person through the eyes of the title character the ghost a noble born Korean woman who married the crown prince of her ingdom 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 these uestions 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 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 Red ueen is worthy the story telling brave I may read about the historical character but I don t think I want to read Drabble I picked up 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 mind 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 uickly 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 nown as the Imo Incident and she starts off so gracefully and uietly that I wasn t 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 eep 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 beingit into scenes but I suppose it is difficult being 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 ends up going to visit the palace and the princess s burial place while also having an impressively un scintillating. Two hundred years after being plucked from obscurity to marry the Crown Prince of Korea the Red 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 Red ueen 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. Affair with a fellow respected academic who view spoiler actually dies of the boredom andor a heart attack hide spoiler I m surprised Margaret Drabble s The Red ueen is on the 2006 list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die I really didn *t find the book particularly interesting or uniue * find the book particularly interesting or uniue 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 ing 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 ueen tells the story of a researcher named Barbara Halliwell who reads the Red ueen s memoirs while on a trip to Korea I disliked the narration and endless paragraphs with uestions and the story itself which was rather boring Despite the parallels between the Red ueen 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 understand why it is on the list That s not the case with this book 7 The Red ueen Margaret DrabbleThe Red ueen 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 orea themarry the Crown Prince of Korea the 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 Red ueen or her ghost is still desperate to retell her tale 2018 1396 415 9789644084607 20 Many years ago I studied the early novels of Margaret Drabble as the subject of my Master s thesis but since the mid 1990s I hadn t really ept up with her novels But because I have an interest in Korea s Joseon dynasty and have a history with Drabble s novels this one was recommended to me as potentially interesting and relevantAlthough my interest lies about 100 years recent than the subject in this book it was still fascinating to see the several stories overlap Drabble s novel grows out of a real 18th century memoir written by the Crown Princess wife of Prince Sado But Drabble also blends that story with a contemporary one of an English academic who reads the memoir and is drawn into the history when she attends an academic conference in SeoulAs with the early works I studied the uestions about how fate free will and chance enter our lives is an important thematic concern 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 unfamiliar and discovered that she and Byatt are sisters With that At the Italians Command 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 Red ueen 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 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 ueen was such a disappointment for meOkay so The Red ueen is about a Korean crown princess being forced to marry a mad man who is line to become the nexting or the Oh Baby! king Either way I didn t really care Now her tale is somewha. Ncess on the plane to Seoul Barbara has become utterly engrossed in her story But why has the Red ueen selected Barbara toeep 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 .