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Red Queen: A Transcultural Tragicomedy
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date October 31, 2004
Pages 334
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780151011063
ISBN-10 0151011060
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $33.00
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Summary
Receiving the two-hundred-year-old memoir of a Korean crown princess from an anonymous sender, Oxford student Barbara Halliwell reads about the princess's tragic experiences of motherhood and childlessness in the eighteenth-century Korean court, visits the sites of the princess's life, and finds profound changes occurring within her present-day London home. By the author of The Seven Sisters. 40,000 first printing.
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Barbara Halliwell, on a grant at Oxford, receives an unexpected package-a memoir by a Korean crown princess, written more than two hundred years ago. A highly appropriate gift for her impending trip to Seoul. But from whom?

The story she avidly reads on the plane turns out to be one of great intrigue as well as tragedy. The Crown Princess Hyegyong recounts in extraordinary detail the ways of the Korean court and confesses the family dramas that left her childless and her husband dead by his own hand. Perhaps it is the loss of a child that resonates so deeply with Barbara . . . but she has little time to think of such things, she has just arrived in Korea.

She meets a certain Dr. Oo, and to her surprise and delight he offers to guide her to some of the haunts of the crown princess. As she explores the inner sanctums and the royal courts, Barbara begins to feel a strong affinity for everything related to the princess and her mysterious life.

After a brief, intense, and ill-fated love affair, she returns to London. Is she ensnared by the events of the past week, of the past two hundred years, or will she pick up her life where she left it? A beautifully told and ingeniously constructed novel, this is Margaret Drabble at her best.


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Hardcover
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from Houghton Mifflin (October 31, 2004)
9780151011063 | details & prices | 334 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $33.00
About: Receiving the two-hundred-year-old memoir of a Korean crown princess from an anonymous sender, Oxford student Barbara Halliwell reads about the princess's life and finds profound changes occurring within her present-day London home.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Mariner Books (October 3, 2005); titled "The Red Queen: A Transcultural Tragicomedy"
9780156032704 | details & prices | 334 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.68 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Receiving the two-hundred-year-old memoir of a Korean crown princess from an anonymous sender, Oxford student Barbara Halliwell reads about the princess's tragic experiences of motherhood and childlessness in the eighteenth-century Korean court, visits the sites of the princess's life, and finds profound changes occurring within her present-day London home.

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