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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.
Hilary Mantel brings her unique writing style to the French Revolution.
Too many events, over too complex a period--who believes what THIS year, as compared to what they said/believed LAST year, for each character.
Actually I couldn't get entirely through this book...I just got tired of it and tossed it.
Like her later books, this is an expose of individuals known historically, but not as individuals. As such, one could now feel that famous characters such as Danton and... Read morePublished 4 days ago by osbuster
Although I am keenly interested in the French Revolution, I was unable to read more than a few chapters of this book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Elizabeth Brown
Started out great, sort of petered out; still haven't finished it. Not a patch on Wolf Hall.Published 19 days ago by alittlebrit
3 stars for story and narrative flow and tension, 5 stars for history. Wow, not sure we really needed to know everything Camile, Danton and Robespierre did and said and thought for... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Thor Albro
As a fan of Mantel's recent work; Wolfe Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, I expected great things from this historical novel. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to those expectations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane S
After a while you get absolutely confused what is going on historically. Unless you are very interested in this period of French history I think you will get bored . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anya Galasso