(Madame Tussaud A Novel of the French Revolution) PDF KINDLE ✓ Michelle Moran

K does have a picture of a woman in a fancy dress on the cover so it s not exactly hiding anything But she was a career woman not a noblewoman so I thought it might be okay Then she started saying things like The ing and ueen have gifted the city with as much firewood as they can spare from Versailles and I realized no no it wouldn t A book that thinks a little bit of charity makes systemic abuses okay is not the French Revolution book I m looking forSo if you À quoi rêvent les algorithmes know of the book I m looking for please let menow This is not it And I was so excited to read historical fiction featuring a career woman who actually existed which meant I wouldn t have to wade through a bunch of reviews by people who BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40: Billionaires Secret Baby (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) know no about history than I do but are nevertheless firmly convinced that the character is anachronistic because everybodynows no woman ever made her own way before the 20th century But Moran s rendering of this character was so bland that it didn t matter I heart Michelle Moran I need a T shirtI think she is one of those authors you either can t get enough of or you are completely bored with I am the first I want to gobble up everything she writes I loved The Heretic ueen Nefertiti and Cleopatra s Daughter ButI wasn t overly thrilled with Madame Tussaud I think I would have enjoyed it had I never read The Hidden Diary of Mary Antoinette or a few other French Revolution Novels While this did bring a new light with Marie as the center character I just never was fully engrossed how I was with Moran s other works I didn t learn anything other than a few little snip its about MarieHenriFrancis relationships The saving grace for me was Moran s capability to tell a story I loved Marie s relationship with the Princese the Kings Sister I loved the Wax history and the emotion tied with their family business As with her other works this one is also a slow paced novel a lot does happen but it s told in a way as to not over stimulate us with too much information too uickly Recommend this to fans of Michelle Moran andor fans of the French Revolution or Marie Antoinette Warning There are some liberties taken as far as historical facts go and this is a pretty lengthy book There are some halfway gruesome parts evolving the wax and creating wax cast s for the victims of the guillotine nothing to horrendous 35 stars This is an engrossing tale about a woman who has become a byword for tourist attraction but was so much in her own lifetime This novel sheds a clear light on an amazing person and a turbulent timeTold in first person and present tense the book reads like a friend is telling you moment by moment about living through civil war and anarchy Much closer To The Main Players the main players I had ever expected to learn Marie Grosholtz her maiden name relates how so many visitors to her family s salon became major figures in the French Revolution and how calls for bread became calls for bloodWe s salon became major figures in the French Revolution and how calls for bread became calls for bloodWe what life was like before television but it seems that wax exhibits filled that function Marie and her family would create new tableaux on a weekly sometimes daily basis to show the scenes and the people who made the news or perhaps the tabloids For most Parisians a fifteen sou admittance fee brought them as close as they could come to the ueen and her bedchamber or to the makers and shakers of public life For Marie designing these scenes was a political dance to depict one person could mean offending another possibly one who would rouse the mobHer bittersweet romance with Henri Charles is not allowed to overwhelm the political issues Marie was a very modern woman in some respects Her relationship with Henri and later Francois Tussaud and always with money make her understandable to us if perhaps a bit odd in her own timeThe author has done some amazing research and has translated it into a highly readable account it isn t necessary that we understand every political current of the time and she doesn t overstuff the tale although an infodump in chapter 3 worried me it was an isolated instanceWe see what Marie sees and now what a citizen would be able to find out although this citizen is surely closer to the power struggle than most If I have any complaint it is that the narrator reports than she emotes though she must step back from some events to stay sane The ending is a bit rushed surely Henri had a few pointed uestions by then but this is after the Revolution has passed and the Revolution could be said to be the most important character of allI was fortunate to get this book through the Goodreads first reader program I would rate it 45 for its merits but in a whole number system I am happy to round up. Selling their teeth in order to put food on the table Meanwhile many resent the vast separation between rich and poor In salons and cafés across Paris people like Camille Desmoulins Jean Paul Marat and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy Soon there's whispered talk of revolution Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war And important will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats some of whom she nows Spanning five years from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished ingd. ,

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Madame Tussaud A Novel of the French Revolution35 stars It was really goodReally enjoyed this historical fiction novel and learned much about both the French Revolution and enjoyed this historical fiction novel and learned much about both the French Revolution and Tussaud Loved seeing the cameo appearances from one of my political heroes an oxymoron I now Thomas Jefferson I found it to be easy to read steadily paced and historically accurate The uotes at the beginning of each chapter that were taken from various sources during the time of the revolution were a nice touch I do wish there would have been time spent around the reunion at the end but the epilogue was satisfying nonetheless Favorite uote But we are all sorry when loss comes for us The test of our character comes not in how many tears we shed but in how we act after those tears have driedFirst Sentence When she walks through the door of my exhibition everything disappears the sound of the rain against the windows the wax models the customers even the children I generally love Michelle Moran novels but unfortunately not this one I found it slow and boring and did not make it past the first one hundred pagestwice With so many books to read I ve decided two times is enough This was the first book I ever read by Michelle Moran after it caught my eye in the library I have since read everything by her and refer to her as one of my all time favorite authors Love her work and fully suggest you buy every copy of every book like I did Find this and other reviews at m willing to bet there are readers who disagree with me but I think Michelle Moran a fabulous writer Her style has a way of drawing you in and though I ve no idea how she manages to relate a lot of history without sounding like a college professor Honestly folks I had a lot of trouble putting Madame Tussaud down and suspect I d have been glued to the couch my entire reading if not for the demands of a one year old My obvious appreciation aside I will admit there are elements I found slightly disappointing To begin with Mademoiselle Grosholtz would be a far accurate title for this piece The story begins in 1788 and takes readers through 1795 the year Marie married Tussaud who really isn t much of a character come to think of it The remaining 55 years of Marie s life are noted but feel much like an afterthought which was frustrating as I find her life in England very interesting even compared to her time in France The book is a wonderful story of the French Revolution I just don t think it a particularly good novel of Marie and her life s work Another thing that bothered me was how little we see Marie indulging her artistic talents A Royal Likeness also omitted the details but I desperately wanted a scene in which Marie is seen molding the wax Painting The Figures Or Creating A Tableaux the figures or creating a tableaux wanted to witness her passion for crafting and feel cheated that Moran never took readers into Marie s workroom There is plenty of detail regarding the business itself the financial aspects and daily operation of ticket sales and managing customers but I think it might have been nice to explore the effort that went into manufacturing a figure and the pride of the artist when her work was finally set of display I was also confused by Marie s sympathies for the royal family I understand her personal relationship with them but the fact that she felt for them than her neighbors and peers left me scratching my head Shouldn t those relationships have caused intense conflict People she loves were in danger on both sides but only one came through the narrative On the same note I would think the disparity between social classes would have made Marie sympathetic to men like Marat and Robespierre at least until their ideas took on a life of their own and led Paris into utter chaos After all Marie was a common woman and might have seen merit in some of their ideas despite the radical nature of their tactics I ve listed many complaints but please Faith Into Action: Thoughts on Selected Topics know they are minor at best Moran s work is excellently atmospheric and filled with memorable characters and genuine tension There are things I felt missing from the novel but Madame Tussaud is still fantastic a fiction and one I d highly recommend to anyone interested in the French Revolution There will be 5000 reviews for this book by the time the year is out so I m not gonna waste time summarizing You allnow what it s about by nowWhat I liked Moran does a superb job of transporting me to another time and place I really felt as though I was in the streets of France watching rebellion I gasped and placed a hand over my mouth in shock when Marie was presented with a decapitated head to mold I learned a ton of things about the French Revolution and its peopleMaruis de Sade. The world nows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time In these pages her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it The year is 1788 and a revolution is about to beginSmart and ambitious Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum the Salon de Cire From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion gossip and even politics Her customers hail from every walk of life yet her greatest dream is to attract the attention of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her work could ca. Lafayette Jefferson that I either didn t now before or didn t understand I walked away from this book educatedWhat I didn t like Too much of the story the revolution is related to Marie by another person More telling than showing Too little of the wax making process A Royal Likeness did a better job IMHO in this particular aspect I didn t like Marie at times The salon this the salon that money this money that and when people are dying in an attempt to create a country of euality she is fretting over a lost bust What is one bust for the sake of revolution Especially after she had already stated that she had made three times the usual amount of money Everything is about money What side is she on anyway That was really unclear Her family has no candles her errand boy is starving the ueen has a new dress everyday yet she seems to side with royalty half the time Marie Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family kept putting off Henri What the heckind of romance is that Too long By the 80 percent mark I was tired of it Loved the first half though It just got old by the endConclusion Good I liked it didn t love it Absolutely brilliantI felt completely caught up in this story of the famous sculptress who was forced to become so closely and grotesuely involved in the horrors of The French RevolutionI felt that I came to now Madame Tussaud and her family as they struggled to survive in the frighteningly dangerous place Paris had becomeI could feel the tension and dread as the momentous events of this political and social upheaval spiralled out of controlfor me this book was Historical Fiction at its very best with characters I truly cared about characters I truly loathed and an unforgetable history lesson There was a time when I was obsessive about reading historical fiction but at some point I found I was having a hard time finding uality works into which I might immerse myself I am so glad that I won Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran It has brought me back to a genre that I have missed by providing me with a very well written novel of the French Revolution I must say the only thin 40 pages in the writing was awkward and nothing in the characters or story had yet caught my attention By my estimate Moran is a few steps above Philippa Gregory but that s not saying muchAnd now I am going to use the rest of this review as a soapbox Ranting ahead1st DECKLE EDGE PAGES DO NOT WANT EVEEEER2nd What s with all the illogical use of first person present tense these days This book has a prologue set in 1812 Then it goes back to the main story starting in 1788 and that s in present tense How can the character be telling her story in present tense when it s all already over Okay the first person conceit itself often makes little sense and we overlook that And the bookend prologue and epilogue don t actually help that here because she isn t telling Her Story In 1812 story in 1812 being reminded of it But dammit if your story is in the present tense then it s happening right now In which case it isn t over Please authors think about this3rd This book just has such a bourgeois sensibility I learned how to spell that word just for this review I did not learn it from this book because it is how to spell that word just for this review I did not learn it from this book because it is used in the first 40 pages and I wouldn t be surprised the characters never use it even though they actually speak French And that s not what I m looking for when I read a book about the French Revolution You now there are literally thousands of wars and conflicts you could write about if you want a oh they re murdering people How terrible sort of book The French Revolution is different It came up time and time again in completely unrelated history and literature classes in college not because people got illed but because it s rather important in world history for the ideas for the effect on social and political structures around the world And what I learned in class is basically all I now about it the historical fiction on point just doesn t seem to be very good I ve read A Tale of Two Cities which is the only Dickens so far that I haven t liked But I m pretty confident that it still did a better job than this book If I m going to read a novel about the French Revolution I want it to really deal with the ideas and the effects and the underlying causes I want it to care as much about a peasant dying of starvation as it does about a royal being guillotined I want it to let me make my own moral judgments I want main characters who are not from the upper classes and revolutionaries who are at least sympathetic and an aristocracy that is not whitewashed And I want it to be at least somewhat well written And this was not going to be that bookIn fairness the boo. Tapult her and her museum to the fame and riches she desires After months of anticipation Marie learns that the royal family is willing to come and see their likenesses When they finally arrive the Greenes Farevvell to Follie Sent to Courtiers and Scholers, as a President to Warne Them from the Vaine Delights, That Drawes Youth on to Repentance. Robert Greene. Vtriusq[ue] Academia in Artibus Magister. (1617) king's sister is so impressed that she reuests Marie's presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting It is a reuest Marienows she cannot refuse even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend Henri Charles As Marie gets to Dare To Be Hero know her pupil Princesse Élisabeth she also becomes acuainted with theing and ueen who introduce her to the glamorous life at court From lavish parties with delicacies than she's ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded Marie steps into a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple where people are.