Wednesday, February 16, 2005

red queen book

Obviously its been a while since I last posted and I have finished the book (actually I finished it quite some time ago). So here are my thoughts....
The second half of the book was completely pointless and unnecessary. The second half followed a British professor that is mysteriously sent the book (the book implies that the dead queen has sent it to her from beyond the grave to get this professor to help tell her story), and how the book effects her. The only bad thing here is that the author does not really illustrate very well how the book effects her. It just goes on about the trip to Korea that the professor takes (not because of the book, she has a conference to attend) and what happens to her there (she tours a couple of places that where mentioned in the book, she meets a man and has an affair with him, he dies, ect.) and then it bizarrely ends with her meeting her dead lovers wife and they both adopt a baby from China together. WHAT? I have no idea how this connects to the first half and why the author put this in. It was almost as if the author needed to fill up pages so the book would be longer so she just stuck in this last half.
If the first half (which I raved about) sounds interesting to you I suggest you just go online and try to find the actual memoirs and read them instead of this. The only good thing that came from me reading this book was getting me interested in Korean history and wanting to read the actual memoirs of this Korean "Queen".


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