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This is a huge, complex novel, but the author has done her homework. Though Danton, Robespierre, and Desmoulins are at the center of her story, they are by no means the only major characters who populate the novel. Mantel uses historical figures as well as fictional ones to provide different points of view on the story. As she moves from one to the next, her narrative voice changes back and forth from first to third person as she sometimes grants us access to her characters' deepest thoughts and feelings, and other times keeps us guessing. A Place of Greater Safety is a happy marriage of literary and historical fiction, and a bona fide page-turner, as well. --Margaret Prior --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This novel following the lives of a few key men and women leading the French Revolution - most of whom were executed in the end - is a real slog. Read morePublished 1 day ago by grizzlybill70
It took quite a while and another two historical novels before Hilary Mantel was recognized as one of the greatest living writers in the English language. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Miles Prauer
Hilary Mantel is a genius at creating historical characters that give us their history, but also their psychology and wit. They entertain; and they ring true. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jeanne
If ever you needed the x-ray function on a kindle it's with this book. So so many characters, even the main ones are sometimes referred to by their first name and sometimes by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Billard
Superbly written, historically true and an astute commentary on the maelstrom of politics, money, power and gender roles ... regardless of generation.Published 1 month ago by Paul Meeker
Having started Mantel with Wolf Hall - a work of genius - then moving on to Bringing up the Bodies (which seemed was a chore to her, not nearly so inspired nor precisely and richly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miranda Bang