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Farewell, My Queen: A Novel Hardcover – May 17, 2003
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Top Customer Reviews
High points of the novel: the meticulous description of the most minute gradations of rank and the way they constantly underwent change.
The story is rather like watching a ship sink. A world full of people and customs that are on the brink of extinction and right up to the last minute few of them want to believe that their world is ending. Versailles and its inhabitants and centuries of customs vanish in the space of three days.
In this small novel the author brings to life for a short space the doomed world of the French aristocracy, told through the eyes of someone who lived on the fringes of their world, but still knew its inhabitants well. This is not my favourite historical novel, but it is one that is memorable for its feeling of doom and how well the author seems to have caught the lost world of France before the revolution.
Would I read this book again? At this point, I couldn't give a definite yes. I would recommend you borrow this from the library to read before buying it to see if it suits your tastes in historical novels as in many ways it differs from the "standard" history story.
Meet Agathe Laborde who is remembering from her exile in Vienna, those fateful July days of 1789 when, in her youth, she was reader to the myopic, charismatic Marie Antoinette in her fabulous Versailles court.
FAREWELL, MY QUEEN is one of RebeccasReads highly recommended books, rich with earthy insights into & half-glimpsed intrigues of a long lost way of life where adoration of & loyalty to royalty could cost you your life.
FYI there isn't a lesbian undertone to this story since the Film maker wanted to add that in to make it more spicy for viewers - this is the novel, so think more structure and notes with color commentary, less movie sensation style oohs and Ahhhhs.
This story is more gentle and historically reflective of what it could have felt to a person to live and work in service during the last days of Versailles glory. someone who is smart enough to know their place but just as caught up in the confusion in these days
I really enjoyed reading about a character who thinks, and still feels the environment of the chaos and desperate attempts to place sense and order amid the end of the french monarchy.
Was a good read, (don't need to keep it in my book case for decades, but at least 1 or 2 readings)
The author gives us a different yet gentle style of writing, both reflectively poetic and historical enough to enjoy the theme and finish - like a taste of wine that lingers after you already swallowed the last drop.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had a very hard time getting into this book. There was too much going on and the pace was entirely too slow. I deleted it off my kindle and could barely finish it.Published 1 month ago by Dawn Brown Weekly
I’m coming a bit late to this party, reviewing a book published in French in 2002 and a few years later in English translation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Just-About-Average Ms. M
Whether you like her or not, it's hard to deny that there is something fascinating about Marie Antoinette. I'm definitely a sucker for any books about her! Read morePublished 16 months ago by EpicFehlReader
The book is OK but the story is a bit think and shallow for my personal taste. A well written fast read.Published 24 months ago by Annalisa Magniet
I found this book very interesting, and I found it to have a decent reading level. My only wish is that it had been longer! Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by Juliana
Through the eyes of a fictitious reader to the queen, we get an ephemeral look at life within the sprawling excesses of luxury and privilege at Versailles. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Gary Greenberg
I started reading this book with great expectation of finding a narrative gem, description of a lost world. Instead I found myself meandering and lost. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by B.Wronski
Riveting. This book was well worth the time. I loved the characters, the history, the drama. It was great. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by MamaLorax