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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret
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A witty and profound audiobook portrait of the most talked-about English royal.
She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando tongue-tied. She iced out Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was madly in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy.
Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.
Such an enigmatic and divisive figure demands a reckoning that is far from the usual fare. Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues, and essays, Craig Brown's Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

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Craig Brown. (2018). Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret. Unabridged Macmillan Audio.

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She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando tongue-tied. She iced out Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was madly in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy.
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Such an enigmatic and divisive figure demands a reckoning that is far from the usual fare. Combining interviews, parodies, dreams, parallel lives, diaries, announcements, lists, catalogues, and essays, Craig Brown's Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is a kaleidoscopic experiment in biography and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.

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        June 11, 2018
        Chatty, catty, and intelligent, Brown’s portrayal in vignettes of Britain’s Princess Margaret (1930–2002) draws from published memoirs, interviews, and diaries. The “disobedient, attention-seeking” Margaret, writes critic and satirist Brown (One on One), grew up suffering in comparison to her older sister, who became Queen Elizabeth II. As “the one who wouldn’t ever be first,” Margaret was born to fulfill menial duties such as “the patronage of the more obscure charity, the glad-handing of the smaller fry.” She captured the world’s sympathy with her first, doomed romance to Royal Air Force pilot Peter Townsend (he was divorced and the queen refused to grant Margaret permission to marry him). “The rest of us are allowed to forget a youthful passion, but the world defined Princess Margaret by hers,” writes Brown. Margaret was a magnet for people who were “mesmerized less by her image than by the cracks to be found in it.” She was invited to events because she could be counted on to misbehave deliciously: “The presence of the Princess would endow a party with grandeur; her departure would be the signal for mimicry to commence.” Brown is sympathetic to the plight of a woman who, as a friend said, was “one of the cleverest women... I have ever met, and she never really had an outlet for her intelligence.” Brown’s entertaining vignettes form a collage portrait of a rebellious anti-Cinderella.

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      • content: Narrator Eleanor Bron confidently uses her British accent to charm and mildly hypnotize listeners with this disappointing loose biography of Queen's Elizabeth's younger sister, the late Princess Margaret. The royal herself was vivacious, artsy, and elegant--and often known to exhibit sudden changes in mood. This audiobook ultimately gives no clear understanding of or even shallow insight into her character in its 99 vignettes, roughly chronological in sequence, each representing a chapter. Nonetheless, Bron provides a skillful, witty, and well-paced performance of this vapid work, which attempts to answer the question of what one is to do when one realizes life apexed at the age of 6. W.A.G. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine
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She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando tongue-tied. She iced out Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was madly in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy.
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Such an enigmatic and divisive figure demands a reckoning that is far...

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