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Rs ueen Takes the Train offers a fresh new look at a seemingly arcane institution and a woman who wonders if she too has become a relic of the past William Kuhn paints a charming yet biting portrait of British social political and generational rivalries between servants and royals the monarchy and the government the old and the young Humorous and poignant fast paced and clever this delightful debut tweaks the pomp of the British monarchy going beneath its rigid formality to reveal the human heart of the woman at its cent. It s like that movie Baby s Day Out 1994 or less flippantly Roman Holiday 1953 also Chasing Liberty 2004 man they do this kind of thing a surprising lot in the moviesWhy wasn t this released during the Olympics when people were Anglo jonesing Or right after when they had the Anglo munchies This far out I think we re all just Anglo over it Except for me I m an Anglo slut And no I do not think I m clever or creative Mrs ueen Takes the Train is such a cute book I mean the ueen does yoga That is a wrinkly cute splosion I wish Kuhn had included some moments of this invented mythos At least I think it s invented a uick google reveals nothing concrete Apparently Kuhn did a lot of research for this which I know because he shoves it all in to prove this I get that but if he did his homework he wouldn t need to shove The research should inform the writing and not dictate content so much It is the invented moments the yoga the sweet but stern voice the ueen s majority gay male staff is that real because if so haha and awesome that make the book shine The real moments revealed by research have such a heady deja vu feeling that makes them feel perfunctory Also he totally took that Annie Leibovitz thing from the brouhaha over the Beeb editing that trailer to that documentary and from the doc itself The other characters have their own charm except for Rajiv boy did I hate Rajiv The upstairs downstairs ness of their relationships is a bit too deliberate The same could be said for the structure which flings the two opposites together with such force that we can see the wires as they herky jerk their way to the finish It didn t really hinder my enjoyment though It s obvious but oh well Also I hated Rajiv That s my own pettiness though He had redeeming ualities as a character Was it just me was he supposed to be the hero of the whole thing Kuhn seemed to love him He was the only character who didn t really get put in hisher place Maybe I just think that because he annoyed meMy one big complaint is the length of the chunks each character gets It seems like they just get going and then whoosh we re off to the next one There s seven characters and instead of a pleasing Altman esue uality it produces a speed dating uality I think one section is literally two or three pages And then we have the Diana ness This sort of goes along with the invention argument Just because a lot of the material about the ueen and the monarchy talks about Diana does that mean the ueen actually obsesses as much about Diana as the media does I wouldn t think so but what do I know It was just a lot of obsessing but if Kuhn s point was to bring the ueen back to Earth to say that she s one of us not me though I m Texan ya ll maybe he s saying that her Diana obsession makes her no different than the bourgeoisie Imagine that the ueen is just a dotty old lady wearing a skull hoodie

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Mrs ueen Takes the Train

N Leith Scotland is just the cure she needs Hidden beneath a skull emblazoned hoodie the limber Elizabeth thank goodness for yoga walks out of Buckingham Palace into the freedom of a rainy London day to catch the train to Scotland at King's Cross But an unlikely sextet of royal attendants a lady in waiting a butler an euerry a mistress of the Mews a dresser and a clerk from the shop that serves the ueen's cheese join together to find their missing monarch and bring her back before her absence sets off a national scandalM. Well this was a really delightful little find I can not remember which of my friends recommended this to me but thank you anyway It is a sweetly heartwarming tale of a few fictitious days in the life of the modern monarch And I will add here that I am no dyed in the wool monarchist not by a long shot Oh how I wish that this was a true mini biography It brings to us an elderly lady who has always done her duty and now finds herself reflecting that she is not really appreciated for that nor content to keep onA wonderful read for a rainy day when nothing was so important and pressing that I had to put it down and get on with real life The cast of unlikely characters that all come together for the common goal is fun but each has a story of their own that surfaces as the tale develops I did feel a little let down in the final chapter when everyone except the ueen was perfectly paired and it felt like a bit of sickly sweet happily ever after However I now think that William Kuhn used this to cleverly highlight the solitary state of the ueens position and her strengthI really really hope that at some stage in the future I will read that the ueen actually is a practitioner of yoga that would make my day

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A lively witty debut novel reminiscent of Alan Bennett's An Uncommon Reader following ueen Elizabeth as she surreptitiously strolls out of the palace for a little respite from her duties and the small band of courtiers who set out to find her before a national scandal explodesAfter decades of service and years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids ueen Elizabeth needs some proper cheering up An impromptu visit to the place that holds her happiest memories the former royal yacht Britannia moored i. 2 12 stars I was EXCITED to read this novel I EXPECTED to like this novel I WANTED to like this novel I did not like this novelIf you ll pardon the seasonal analogy this book was like being given a beautifully wrapped Christmas present only to open it up and find socks First you have to understand something about me I am a rabid Anglophile If I am reading a romance set in Miami where the heroine is strutting around in a bathing suit ho hum But put that same heroine in a crinoline or have her sipping weak tea at Almack s then I am very happy indeed I have read hundreds if not thousands of books having to do with anything English way too many to recreate for my GoodReads read list and have never tired of the subject matter So I was very excited when I got this book I bumped it to the top of my to read list put on my Pajamas and settled in my most comfortable chair I was prepared to be delightedWhat a disappointment My main problem with the book is the construction and the pacing There is so much flitting back and forth between several characters their past and present And there is so much back story on all of these characters I was not in the least interested in their stories except as to how they related to the ueen I did not care about Luke and Andy I did not care about Rajiv and his Eton years I did not care about Rebecca and the guy she met at the rally The best part of the book for me was when the ueen interacted with 3 strangers on the train Ahh I thought THIS is what I want to read about I read happily for several pages then BAM WHOOSH I was suddenly reading back story about The Maruess Anne s nephewI took some notes while reading Here are some of them1 Wow where did this conversation come from2 Damn this book jumps all over the place3 This could be a good story but the author is mangling it4 Why did Luke and Andy become such fast friends so uickly Why do I even care5 Ok the beginning of this book was very poorly constructed but now that I know all of the main players the story is moving along apace Too bad the introduction of characters was handled so clumsily6 Damn we re back to all the random bouncing back and forth between the characters and their back stories ENOUGHTo try and be fair a small part of the problem may have been that I read this on my Nook There was double spacing between every paragraph and there was never a change of format to indicate that there was a change of story It was still just the same double spacing until you came to a new Part I must say it was very jarring and hard to ascertain where you were in the story at any given timeBut I do applaud the author for coming up with an interesting plot that is not the typical cookie cutter story Also the book appears to be well researched and reasonably well thought out Some effort was expended here For those reasons I ll bump up my 2 star rating to a 2 12 rounded up to 3 since GR does not allow 12 stars


10 thoughts on “Mrs ueen Takes the Train

  1. says:

    2 12 stars I was EXCITED to read this novel I EXPECTED to like this novel I WANTED to like this novel I did not like this novelIf you’ll pardon the seasonal analogy this book was like being given a beautifully wrapped Christmas present only to open it up and find socks First you have to understand something about me I am a rabid A

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    ueen Elizabeth is feeling a bit low when she walks over to her London stables to visit her horses on a particularly blustery day Young Rebecca who tends the horses lends the sovereign her hoody jacket and soon afterwards the unrecognizable ueen takes off for Scotland to visit her beloved Britannia the former roya

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    Mrs ueen Takes The Train is the first novel by American biographer historian author and self confessed Anglophile William Kuhn Not f

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    The Good Stuff Delightfully odd and uniuely refreshing Richly developed unusual characters who feel very real Make

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    To an unrepentant Anglophile like me Mrs ueen Takes the Train was as refreshing as a strong cup of tea on a cold day While it's true that the device the author uses to facilitate and prolong the ueen's escape will strain the

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    Well this was a really delightful little find I can not remember which of my friends recommended this to me but th

  7. says:

    If a cup of tea ever manifested itself as a book it would be this one It is warm comforting and the perfect thing to make a bad day better I lo

  8. says:

    What would happen if the ueen of England left the palace one rainy day unnoticed to walk a few blocks for a bit of cheese? A

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    It's like that movie Baby's Day Out 1994 or less flippantly Roman Holiday 1953 also Chasing Liberty 2004 man th

  10. says:

    Trite Shallow SillyI wanted to like this book I was on a streak of anglophile reading and I was looking for something light

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