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Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution Paperback – December 27, 2011
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With that said, I was utterly engrossed by the detailed, first-hand accounts of the revolution. Moran certainly makes us sympathetic for the Royals, which was an interesting twist. However, the historical people, places and events are intertwined with the narrative with an almost slavish devotion that could be very tedious for layman readers. At times I was reminded of a text book but I certainly learned a lot! I did find myself wishing Moran had put a bit more attention into the plot than day-by-day, episodic accounts of the revolution. Sometimes it seemed like the story was less about Madame Tussaud and more a means to depict the horrors of the revolution.
This is not a fast-paced adventure but a tome that sort of meanders through the frightening and sometimes gruesome events of the revolution. It's definitely a book for patient readers with a love of history.
The book stayed interesting because Moran's characters were just fantastic. Even those who appeared for only a brief amount of time were individual and distinct. I was so pleased by the strong central character - she was smart and practical, not wishy-washy and ridiculous as so many "heroins" tend to be. Also, Moran's research is something to marvel at. Wow!
When I learned Michelle Moran was writing about the French Revolution I couldn't believe it. Ms. Moran loves the ancient world. I love her writing about the ancient world. Why would she leave something she's so good at to write about a different time period and country? I thought I was mistaken, but I learned my fears were true. The mistress of the ancient world was leaving Egypt behind and moving to France.
I loved Ms. Moran's writing, but would I enjoy a novel that took place in the turbulent world of the French Revolution?
This novel takes place before the French Revolution but the reader realizes very quickly that there is unrest in the country. People are angry. The country is poor. There is an unpopular foreign queen who wears lavish clothes and is isolated and out of touch with her subjects. Unrest is afoot and something has to give.
Madame Tussaud, or Marie, is a young woman who has a talent for sculpting wax figures. Along with her uncle she makes interesting exhibits that captures the public's attention. During an age when the masses were uneducated Marie was able to provide people with the latest information on political figures and she did it with a keen eye to detail.
The king and queen come to an exhibit and are impressed with her work. The king's sister, Princesse Élisabeth invites Marie to come to the palace to teach her how to sculpt. Marie is reluctant to leave her work, but she does. In doing so she learns a great deal about the monarchy. Perhaps she even grows a little sympathetic to their plight?
Tempers are boiling and soon chaos erupts in the form of the French Revolution. Ms.Read more ›
I must confess that I did not know all that much about the politics of the French Revolution beyond the basics --- people starving, fall of the bastille, angry peasants, king and queen beheaded --- before I started reading this book! I've read a handful of novels which used the French Revolution as a backdrop but none of them went into as much detail as Ms. Moran's book did. I've also seen Sophia Coppola's movie "Marie Antoinette" which I loved and thought was very well done ... even though it doesn't really tell you much about the Revolution --- it's really more a character study of Marie Antoinette.
Anyway, having finished "Madame Tussaud" I now feel almost like an expert on the subject ... ;o) ... That is to say, the book is very political and the writing is very detailed as far as the reasons for and events during the French Revolution are concerned. It did at times feel a little like a really long lecture by a history professor but apart from the first 130 pages or so I didn't really mind. That is probably because the writing became much more vivid and riveting as the story progressed.
The characters were definitely well-crafted and I felt that I got to know them quite well over the course of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bored out of my gourd reading this. A truly sleep inducing tale told without much gusto. Pass on it!Published 4 days ago by Jennifer
Historical fiction author Michelle Moran tackles the story of the famous wax sculptor, Madame Tussaud, in her novel, Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution. Read morePublished 21 days ago by C.K. Brooke, Author of the Jordinia Series
This is the first book I have read by Author Moran. For the positive, it is obvious she does a great deal of historical/factual research for her books, which I can certainly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Mitchell
I loved this book and lost several nights sleep reading it. I didn't know much about Madame Tussaud prior to reading and found this to be well researched.Published 2 months ago by kendy murphy
This must have been a difficult book to research and write, so much angst and violence to be immersed in for a long period of time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mjeanp
This author writes wonderful novels based on historical facts. I learned much about the French Revolution that I never knew (or forgot!). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christa L