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Marceau [Kindle Edition]

Thelma Benison
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There has been alot written about the revolution in Paris, France in 1789. Marceau is historical fiction novel based on Maurice Marceau, a back-channel financier who finances several wars, heads of state, and sovereigns. He is quite unconventional in his ways when it comes to sex, love, and marriage due to his hidden gay relationship. Maurice uses his wealth and political position to pay key members of the general assembly to propose the legality of divorce. This is a great work of historical fiction based upon true financial and historical events, great storytelling and imagination. Thelma Benison brings us a very clear grasp of the perils of power, a nation in crisis, and show us Maurice's vivid and personal evolution on divorce.

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  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M5SA5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Incroyable!Incroyable! November 22, 2013
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I am beginning to believe that before anyone attempts to write historical fiction set in France, no matter the century, each would-be author must pass a comprehensive examination in French, and an equally comprehensive examination in the social, political, economic, and religious environment of the appropriate era of French history in which the novel takes place. He or she should also pass an examination in the fundamentals of English grammar.

Unfortunately, "Marceau" violates most rules of French and English grammar. It shows not the slightest familiarity with French history and geography, or with Paris, London, Cambridge, or the wilds of Bavaria in 1788, the year this novel takes place. It does not understand one scintilla of the social conventions and interactions among the various classes during this period in France or England. It abounds with anachronisms and clichés that even a novice writer would avoid. It is from first to last the second biggest example of Truly Horrible Writing and Unforgivably Sloppy Editing I have ever tried to slog through. In other words, this book is nineteen painful chapters of Pure Hell.

This is allegedly the story of an unbelievably wealthy French financier, Maurice Marceau, who lends vast sums to Louis XVI and apparently entire countries and provinces "the whole world-over." He is married with a son, Henri, but his wife lives elsewhere, and he is often involved with Guillaume, a gay valet at a hotel in Paris which he frequents. An old love from his youth, Marguerite, appears early on to reveal the presence of another son, a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, at the age of 15.
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Story telling is a form of art that is ancient and will always continue to live on. It has been my privilege in life to share and tell the stories I created. I lived and learned by quite a few of them.

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