Mrs. King

Mrs. King

The Life & Times of Isabel Mackenzie King

Book - 2008
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Mrs. King is the superbly told story of a woman lost in the shadows of Canadian history. Daughter of William Lyon Mackenzie and mother of Canada's longest-serving prime minister, Isabel Mackenzie King was intimately involved in the changing political and social landscape of Canada. Yet we have known very little about her.

In this meticulously researched and beautifully crafted biography, award-winning writer Charlotte Gray pulls Isabel Grace Mackenzie King into the light while painting a highly absorbing portrait of our Canadian past.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 2008.
ISBN: 9780143168355
Characteristics: 454 pages : illustrations


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An excellent biography, as biographies go. Was Isabel a worthy subject for a biography? The book is more about the whole King family than it is about Isabel herself. I took exception to Gray's criticism of Isabel, and sometimes the family, as being 'selfish'. She was a woman of her times. She did not launch her children in what we would consider a healthy independent adulthood and her lack of insight into her own psycho-social needs which were not met by her husband was pitiful but not selfish. Otherwise I love the frank treatment of the life stories of these historical figures. I am glad I did not have to raise a family in those 'romantic' times.

Nov 12, 2009

Really enjoyed this book - the author has a great writing style that makes the storytelling of history so compelling.

nellie Nov 07, 2007

I really enjoyed this biography both as an insight to the mind of King and his mother, and to the time period, of which I've done some research.

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