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The Final Curtsey: The Autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, First Cousin of the Queen and Niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Hardcover – July 1, 2011
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Since the author is the Queen's cousin, I had a strong feeling that any personal information contained about the Royal Family would be nothing more than bland, inoffensive and designed to maintain good relations with her relatives.
And if this author were not related to the Queen, this vanity project would never have been published or promoted.
What we have here is an elderly matron who provides a very broad overview of her privileged life. 3/4 of the book don't include the royals at all, but deals with her unaccomplished husband. I imagine there is something interesting about him, but that is not provided here.
Her view of aristocratic life at the end of the last millennium is extremely shallow and of no interest given how many other biographies and works of fiction explain that way of existence in a much more entertaining and informative manner.
So what are we left with? A bit of tone, a bit of ambiance, much substantiation that this woman is close to the Queen, her cousin; but nothing that makes a book worth reading such as anecdote, new information, detail, engagement.
In the introduction, where many things are noted which are repeated elsewhere in the text, the author says that in these pages, she thinks of herself as telling stories at a dinner party. If these are the stories, I am afraid I must send my regrets for her next gathering.
Vanity reading for the extremely undemanding.
I am not an avid royal watcher but was interested in what an "insider" had to say as I admire the Queen. I really think she is the hardest working woman in the world and amazing for her age. The historical aspect also interested me.
Margaret Rhodes sems to be a very capable woman and adept at "keeping up appearances" even in adversity. She is very diplomatic the way she writes about the Royal Family and her admiration for her aunt Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother is obvious. The story is really about her I thought. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on the Second World War and the cementing of the feeling the British people had for the Royal Family as they led by example.
The sections also on Margaret Rhodes adventures with her husband on their trips to far flung places were fascinating too.
This book will only appeal to certain people and is not going to be a sensation. It is honest without pretension and of a time that is drawing to an end, particularly for us in the Commonwealth countries.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rushed through the book once I realized it was much more a memoir of the author's life than a book on Queen Elizabeth. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Lynne
Not enough info. Written by a cousin of The Queens who divulges little.Published 1 month ago by bg from Baltimore
As if Margaret had me over for tea and we just had an honest to goodness visit.
Her fond memories are relayed in an enjoyable and light manner always demonstrating the love... Read more
Interesting and exciting in parts. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to others.Published 2 months ago by Sharon Obuchon-Staub
Admiration! (Congratulations to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II)!
How did you get in life.
The fair always. Read more