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“fun read about the Queen taking a walk about from London to Edinburgh.”Laurie M wrote this review 12 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While much of the book is quite lighthearted and silly (the idea of The Queen donning a hoodie and sneaking out of the castle, for example), Mrs. Queen Takes the Train is amazingly realistic. I really wasn't surprised to learn that Kuhn's previous works were biographies as, in my opinion, this book does actually read a bit like a bio. What I mean by that is that each of Kuhn's characters, The Queen included, feels real: while the abovementioned hoodie sporting Queen is certainly giggleworthy, the way Kuhn tells each part of the story makes the whole of it believable on top of amusing.
And there are some serious parts as well. The fact that The Queen is upset about the possible retirement of the royal train is just one of many examples of a sort of analysis of the monarchy and their traditions. The PM points out to The Queen that the train isn't cost effective and that public sentiment would likely support a more inexpensive - and modern - mode of travel, to which Kuhn's Queen responds, "The monarchy does not exist to be modern..."
The characters in the book cover a full spectrum of the British population - we have The Queen herself as well as a number of people in her service and her periphery: Luke, the equerry, recently returned form Iraq and still dealing with the loss of a very close friend; Rajiv, a young man of Indian descent who doesn't quite feel he belongs in either England or India; Shirley MacDonald, The Queen's most senior "dresser" and a woman who's given her life to service. All of these characters and many more outline a number of facets of this society in terms of age, politics and worldviews, and class division.
All in all, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train can be read as an enjoyable piece of fiction or as an examination of English society and the monarchy wrapped up in an enjoyable piece of fiction. Either way it's a fun and entertaining read. ”
“This was quite a sweet book, quite amusing imagining the queen on public transport. It did drag on at the end though, with every single loose thread having to be wrapped up into a happy ending.”Liz Pasqualini wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Mrs. Queen Takes the Train tackles such things as depression, status, roles, expectations and relationships, as well you might expect considering it is the Queen we are reading about, but Kuhn develops his characters so masterfully that it flows naturally and the reader enjoys the entirety of the fiction mixed with history and fact and before you know it it is done and you close the book with a smile of satisfaction at having just read one of the quaintest and memorable pieces of fiction of the year. ”Hooked on Books wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed the inside look at the life the English Monarch. I liked the characters and the relationships. It is whimsical and yet plausible, charming and respectful.”Jean M wrote this review Thursday, July 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When Queen Elizabeth II finds herself locked out of the castle, she decides to take ain impromptu trip to Scotland via public transportation. What ensues is a delightful tale of how she connects with the common people while palace officials scramble to bring her safely back.”Mac D wrote this review Monday, April 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"After decades of service and years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids, Britain's Queen is beginning to feel her age. An unexpected opportunity offers her relief: an impromptu visit to a place that holds happy memories-- the former royal yacht, Britannia, now moored near Edinburgh. When her royal attendants discovers she is missing, they set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal."
Just charming-I enjoyed the interplay between the royals and their servants, the use of yoga positions as chapter headings (in this book, the queen has a yoga practice), the clever tweaking of the monarchy. ”
“Yawn!”Adele M wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No