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Queed Paperback – Large Print, November 5, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant (November 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427064679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427064677
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,033,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2000
Format: Library Binding
I found this book laying on the floor in the back of an old bookstore and the title cought my eye. It was completely unknown to me at the time, and I had no idea what it was about, but I looked around at the dusty, decaying mounds of tattered old books and took pity on this one. So I bought it and took it home and gave it a place. I started to read it and was pleasantly surprized! It's a well written, well constucted book about a mystirious little person called Mr. Queed who wants nothing more than to be left alone so he can write this extremely boring book on evolutionary phycology "for the benefit of posterity," but he keeps being interrupted by life (You know, having to get a job, having to talk to people, having to breath, etc.), and meanwhile he's getting annonimous letters from someone who he figures is his Father who he's never known, but he dosn't really care because a search would take time away from his book. There's other stuff of course, quite a bit, but ... Well, why isn't there a synopsis on this page already? Anyway, I'm not done reading it yet myself, but so far I'm very impressed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura Boyes on February 21, 2011
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As a teen, I often bought late 19th and early 20th century fiction at used book sales, based on enticing illustrations and engaging opening lines. "Queed" was one of my all time favorites, incorporating the richly rewarding "milquetoast who becomes a hero" plot. Rereading the book after many years not only confirms my initial opinion, but deepens my appreciation of this once popular, now obscure novel. Queed is a scholar, working tirelessly on a massive tome on social sciences. His tenure in a lively boarding house includes encounters that challenge him to experience the dry theories he expounds in a book nobody is ever likely to read. The heroine, Sharlee, is an independent woman with a white collar job (in 1911, mind you) and a square-jawed suitor who is, perhaps, a tad on the shallow side. The story unfolds in an unnamed state of the former Confederacy, and there is a certain amount of uncomfortable rhapsodizing about the gallant lads in grey. Yet, in a fascinating glimpse of the past, the most noble Southerners believe fervently in public spiritedness; the creation of a refuge for unwed teenaged mothers, or a school teaching underprivileged boys that it is not enough to improve themselves, one must be a responsible member of society, as well. Will Queed, the friendless, solitary academic, learn to live and love as an ordinary man? Read, and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benedicta on September 10, 2013
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This was my dad's favorite book, and now it's one of mine. Queed, the solitary young scholar with a mysterious past (not that it's mysterious to him - he doesn't really care) finds himself forced to take an interest in the world around him, to take exercise, even to make friends! This all cuts into the time he wants to spend on his masterpiece on evolutionary sociology, which, when published, will change the world (or so he thinks). The lively and insightful Sharlee, her fragile little cousin Fifi, the truly mysterious Professor Nicolovius, the handsome and popular Charles Gardiner West, and Sharlee's impulsive St. Bernard, Bee, each have their own parts to play. This novel was a best-seller in 1911 (!) and still has plenty to offer - humor and heart in equal measures. The author, by the way, was a journalist living in Richmond, Va., which is the unnamed setting for the book. He was also an outspoken feminist and progressive, and these views are reflected in his works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sedonia Guillone on December 14, 2013
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This story is magnificent. Beautifully written in language that just doesn't exist in literature these days, Queed is the epic tale of one man's gradual transformation into a real human being. To try and encapsulate the plot would probably spoil it so i will just say that Queed contains all the elements of great storytelling, full of wisdom, depth, and sensitivity. I don't understand why this book is not one of the great classics found on standard school required reading lists. A must read.
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By Myra Hotchkiss on September 29, 2013
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This is not your basic romance, this is about development of character and how illusions can lead us astray. Just as pertinent today as it was in the era it was written. Do. Not. Miss. This.
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