Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

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The parodist called the “wittiest man in the British Isles” by Stephen Fry takes on Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth, once second in line to the throne. But lest he singularly focus on just one target, he spares no one in this book, even those only tangentially related to the main character of his book. He is an equal-opportunity skewer-er of pomp and pretense. These supposedly clever barbs were not entertaining for me. Princess Margaret died in 2002 after suffering a long illness. She seems too easy a target to be a victim of such vitriol. Or perhaps I am too American to understand this type of humor.

Princess Margaret was denied marrying her much older teenage crush by the conventions of royalty at that time. She was forced to defer to her sister, the Queen, time and time again to the detriment of living her own life. A very interesting aspect of the book is how the nearness to the throne kept receding from her with the advent of new more immediate royals such and William and Harry. This is the book for an anti-royalist and a misogynist.

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Author Craig Brown
Star Count 2/5
Format Hard
Page Count 423 pages
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date 2018-Aug-07
ISBN 9780374906047
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Issue January 2019
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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