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Two Chief Complaints,
This review is from: The White Queen: A Novel (The Cousins' War) (Hardcover)As usual, Philippa Gregory spins an engrossing tale around fascinating characters in the history of England's royal family. My only basis for comparison is "The Other Boleyn Girl," a story I enjoyed more, simply because I found the history more interesting.
I have two chief complaints about the novel: one I recall feeling while reading "The Other Boleyn Girl," and the other I do not. The first complaint is her repetition. I realize that some authors use this as a literary device, but some facts I felt she repeated way more often than was necessary. Melusina this and locket that. They were important bits of the story, but she could have let us remember them on our own sometimes. The other complaint is that, at times, I felt the book read a little like non-fiction, just a recounting of the events from one character's point of view, and not as much a novel.
Without spoiling anything, I'll just say that it's interesting what she does with the "Princes in the Tower," and the end is abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying (for a person who knows the history).
Overall, however, I enjoyed reading the book and I liked delving into the Plantagenet dynasty. It has inspired me to pick up other books on the period, and I look forward to her next one.
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Initial post: Aug 29, 2009 5:18:47 PM PDT
I agree with you about that Muselina thing- it was boring and repeated too often!
In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2010 4:09:42 PM PDT
Peggy Stone says:
I agree. A few mentions of the story would have been more than enough.
Posted on Nov 11, 2010 6:57:15 AM PST
Sophia R says:
I agree about the problem of her repetition of plot points (and using full names when she just mentioned the character and could drop the 'my brother' part) but she repeats herself, distractingly, even on a sentence level. An example in dialogue that is unfortunately none too rare: "If you still want me in your bed, that is. If you have not had enough of me? If you are not tired of me? If you don't prefer your other women?" This goes from being a coy little remark to sounding increasingly desperate which one assumes is not intentional since Elizabeth is supposed to be a strong character (debatable). He might prefer his other women because they are more succinct. More to the point. They make themselves understood in the first instance.
Posted on Apr 27, 2011 9:56:33 PM PDT
The repetition part... YES! I forgot to mention that in my review, but that does bug me. Not just in this novel, but in all of her novels. That's something she really needs to work on as an author.
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