There’s enough raw material—I use the word raw advisedly—in Princess Daisy for a half dozen novels. Unfortunately, Judith Krantz put all of it in one seemingly interminable, disjointed novel.
“Daisy” Vanesky is the elder of twins. Her father, a Russian Prince, rejected her mentally retarded sister. When their mother dies, he places Dani in an institution in England.
At Vanesky’s death, the twins’ older half-brother, appropriately nicknamed Ram, is left to manage the investments Vanesky’s made on behalf of the twins and his mistress, Anabel de Fourment.
When Anabel learns Ram raped Daisy, she sends Daisy to California to attend college with a friend’s daughter.
The women’s investments fail.
Daisy gets work in production of TV commercials, drawing portraits of children on horses to weekends to earn money to pay for Dani’s care.
The real story of how Daisy becomes “Princess Daisy” is crammed into fewer than 100 pages.
Princess Daisy seems to have dozens of subplots, few of which are actually necessary and most of which aren’t particularly interesting.
At the end of a chapter of Princess Daisy, I’d check to see how many more pages I had to read. The answer was always, too many.
Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz
Crown Publishers. 1st ed. ©1980. 464 p.
1980 bestseller #4. My grade: C-
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