Well, this novel might be a "national bestseller," but the Thursday Night Book Club members were not impressed. Only two out of the seven who attended the November meeting even finished the novel.
First, there are too many French terms. There have been other novels that utilize different languages mixed with English, such as Night by Elie Wiesel. However, the difference is that Wisel's novel has English context clues to lead the reader, so s/he does not have to have a working German vocabulary. The Queen of the Night does not have such clues.
Additionally, there are too many characters to follow and there is just way to much going on in one story. The main character is a prostitute, opera singer, circus performer, equestrian, sharp shooter, pyromaniac. She is a poor girl whose family died from yellow fever. The book is supposed to take the reader on her journey following her family's demise, but readers were very confused because of the lack of chronology, the innumerable cast of characters, and the mixture of languages.
Readers do not recommend.
Karla Erdman, book club founder and organizer
Each month the club meets to discuss a chosen book. The blogs are notes from each meeting and club members' comments.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are going to read any of the discussions below, you may learn more about a novel than you wanted. Some endings have been revealed.
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The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Firefly Lane, Kristin Hannah
Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs
Fern Michaels Sisterhood Series
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Beth Hoffman
A Dog's Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Night Road, Kristin Hannah
The Lost Years, Mary Higgins Clark
Copper Sun, Sharon Draper
The Total Money Make Over, Dave Ramsey
Little Bee, Chris Cleave
The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
The Between, Tananarive Due
Scaramouche, Raphael Sabatini