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Marie Antoinetta: Strmý Pád (2014)

by Juliet Grey(Favorite Author)
3.98 of 5 Votes: 2
Marie Antoinette
review 1: ***Contains Spoilers!***This last installment of the trilogy is definitely the best of the three. The first, Becoming Marie-Antoinette, was OK. The second, Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow, was atrocious. I disliked the lack of description in both those novels, but appreciated it in this specific novel, as it gave the story more depth and easier to surrender into the feelings of Marie-Antoinette's circumstances.Having said that, I was disappointed with the fact that she changed one important aspect of MA's history. The ring she gave to Axel Von Fersen said "Tutto a te mi guida" meaning "All things lead me to thee". She changed it, then added another ring with the inscription. I was confused and a little hurt, because every book I have read on MA (and it's been a lot since ... moreit's my obsession) never once did they mention this other ring and other inscription. I may be wrong, I will double check in Antonia Fraser's MA: The Journey, but I am positive this is a mistake on the author's part, or perhaps it was artistic license. As a writer, I can understand that.Another thing I did not like was the switching back and forth between the first person narration of MA with the third person narration and the character Louison. I wish she had just focused on MA. It took away from the story a bit.SPOILERS!I found myself almost bawling a few times, especially when Louis XVI is taken away from him family, their last meal together, her son being taken away, and finally her last moments. They were touching scenes, really hitting home. I also enjoyed her passionate moments with Axel Von Fersen, which is my favourite tragic love story. All in all, I DID enjoy this book. I enjoyed it more than the previous two, which were disappointing. I feel that her writing got sufficiently strong enough to do this tragic part of the story.
review 2: 4 ½ out of 5 starsOnce upon a time I was taught history, including the bloody story of the French Revolution. Through staggering disuse of my brain cells, somewhere along the line I let the facts once learned become displaced by Jeopardy game show sound bites. Like most of my generation, I had forgotten that Marie Antoinette was a real woman, though misunderstood, and not a porcelain puppet who uttered only four words in her life: "Let them eat cake." Confessions of Marie Antoinette is fiction and more is the pity, as wouldn't it be nice to truly take a peek inside that woman's head and figure out what it was she really was thinking? But she was a queen in a day and time when kings and queens were not allowed to have thoughts or feelings. Furthermore, she was not French-born, and once the revolution had toppled the realm, her memoirs and all her mementos were torn, trashed, and discarded. “History,” so the saying goes, “is written by the victors.”Perhaps this novel was too kind, given the jaundiced view that historians habitually use to describe Marie Antoinette. But perhaps it's time that someone came down squarely on the side of this much maligned royal highness. less
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Gripping from start to finish. Names do become jumbled with their official titles being so long
I am sure this was a good book. I just wasn't that interested at the present time.
Review to follow...but for now let's just say I love this book.
A royalist perspective!
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