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Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

A Novel
Kuhn, William M. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

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When Queen Elizabeth, disguised in a skull-emblazoned hoodie, sneaks out of Buckingham Palace to escape her duties for a little while, an unlikely sextet of royal attendants team up to find their missing monarch and bring her back before her absence setsoff a national scandal.
Authors: Kuhn, William M.
Title: Mrs. Queen takes the train
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2012
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 374 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Summary: When Queen Elizabeth, disguised in a skull-emblazoned hoodie, sneaks out of Buckingham Palace to escape her duties for a little while, an unlikely sextet of royal attendants team up to find their missing monarch and bring her back before her absence setsoff a national scandal.
ISBN: 0062208284
Branch Call Number: KUHN W
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Report This Jan 28, 2014
  • karminaat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable read! This imagined version of such a public person as the Queen makes me think about the hidden depths of all those celebrities that we never see, the little day to day thoughts and failings which make them more human and approachable. I found the author's style extremely enjoyable to read and engrossing, with all the details clicking seamlessly into place to bring the story to a graceful close without falling for the pittrap of the happily ever after. This is only an episode in the character's lives, and they'll continue to evolve after the story is finished. Overall 5 out of 5!

I really enjoyed this book - a mix of a true story and some light-hearted fiction. A good read! FP

Report This Oct 10, 2013
  • mytwin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My cousin suggested I read this before a trip to Edinbirgh and London.What a funny book ! And it made my adventure more fun when I was in the U.K.Hard to explain that the Queen's wave was used on a wee ferry ride in Scotland,when I was not sure that I had made the right travel choice.

Report This Aug 25, 2013
  • samdog123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Left with mixed feelings about this book. The droll British humour attempted by the author fell flat most of the time. The book tried to be cute, but often missed the mark and was just silly. The characters didn't really engage me, except for The Queen, and even that wasn't really well done at times. The pictures were really kind of pointless and didn't make sense at all. All in all, an odd little book.

Report This Jul 30, 2013
  • Céline_Biblio rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. It is well structured and developped. Contains good character contrasts as well. At the beginning we are introduced to a Queeen who is a bit depressed, uncomfortable, and unsettled. She - as well as all those involved in searching for the missing Queen - go through an individual journey of self-discovery and acceptance. The novel is punctuated with much humour. Those familiar with the practice of yoga with appreciate the novel's structure, the author having divided his work with yoga pose names highlighting the characters' journeys, from Warrior Two through Savasana.

Report This May 31, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This fictional Queen Elizabeth closely resembles Alan Bennett’s portrayal of her in The Uncommon Reader—intelligent and well-meaning, she is a whizz at small talk and asking the right questions to draw people out, but not so good at mastering her computer or overcoming self-doubt and depression. Feeling “not quite herself,” she wanders from the palace grounds and decides to cheer herself up by visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia. Various members of her staff tag along to ensure her safe and quiet return, satisfactory relationships developing en route. Great fun! True Brit!

Read this if you're an Anglophile. The backstage bits about The Queen & her servants ring true. Was not convinced by what eventually happened to William, though.

Report This Mar 11, 2013
  • cardigramma rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very amusing fiction about Queen Elizabeth II.

What a peculiar book. I didn't like it for the first 300 pages. It does not follow a linear progression, so I was often lost as to whether we were still in present day or if we'd stepped back into somebody's memory. The fact that it's fiction, yet includes real pictures from real events in Queen Elizabeth II's life was a little disorienting as well. I'm still not entirely certain of my opinion.

Report This Jan 15, 2013
  • polar_bear rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book had its funny moments. The characters were creatively conceived. The portrait of the Queen, however, was so far from what I've seen that I just couldn't accept that it had that connection to reality that good satire needs. Or maybe it needed to be further off the wall and turned into a farce. Mostly it made me feel sorry for the Queen. It's a fun book, but Sue Townsend is better.

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