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5.0 out of 5 stars Charmed, November 6, 2012
This review is from: Mrs Queen Takes the Train: A Novel (Hardcover)
My husband bought this book for me as a surprise gift. I immediately picked it up and began reading. I was pleased that it was about The Queen in real time and I liked the six characters that surrounded her. Using past events during The Queen's current reign, the author skillfully presents The Queen as a human being who, at the age of 80+, reflects on her life and the mistakes she has made or how she now sees things from a different point of view (the Diana years). In some ways, this makes the reader more gentle about these times and events. This also gives The Queen a real live person quality that separates her, only briefly, from the invisible walls of the monarchy. And still, (and this is the skillful part), the author does not reduce her status as a monarch. We still see her as someone apart from us but not different from us. There still remains an element of mystery about who The Queen is. Her reflections have boundaries and the reader is left to imagine on his/her own what The Queen's next thoughts will be. The six characters that provide the basis for the plot are interesting and fun. My criticism of the book is slight and should not be a deterrent to someone who may want to try this book out. I wanted to find out more about one or two of the minor characters that The Queen encounters on her 'road trip.' But, I understand the author's intent on these characters. Kristine Mika
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