Freddy and Fredericka will ascend the English throne only if they
reacquire the American colonies and become noble spirits in an
ignoble age. Helprin's latest work, an extraordinarily funny
allegory of a most peculiar British royal family, is immensely
mocking of contemporary monarchy and yet deeply sympathetic to the
individuals caught in its lonely absurdities.....this brilliantly
refashioned fairy tale is a magnificently funny farce.
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'Rarely does the narrative shimmer with the lyricism that
distinguishes Helprin's best work, but readers can have fun with
this book, which is probably all Helprin intended.' - PW.
'While Helprin often succumbs to cheap-shot lampooning humor, his prose never flags; there is a regal quality to his writing in anything that he undertakes. Still, the novel is a disappointment. It feels more like an empty exercise or a stop-gap for Helprin, lacking the emotional depth of his earlier work.' - Library Journal.
'Replete with slapstick and hilarious linguistic misunderstandings, this intermittently verbose yet irresistibly mischievous fable draws freely on Don Quixote, Mark Twain, Monty Python, and Jerzy Kosinski's 'Being There', yet is in the end pure Helprin in its narrative agility and celebration of nature's glory and human kindness, courage, and love.' - Booklist.
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