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Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2007

    Fascinating, Well Written Historical Novel

    For one who knew almost nothing about Marie Antoinette, the French Revolution or the Reign of Terror before reading this historical novel, the book was fascinating. It was well-written. Its appeal lay in both transportation to another time and place, and the glamor of European royalty, but also in its grittier parts. I thought it achieved a balanced, sympathetic view of major and minor characters -- none were painted as mastered by the darker side of human nature or innocent of significant flaws. I admired the author's statement in the preface that she believes Marie Antoinette's life a valuable one. The brutality of the Reign of Terror is appalling and fearsome 'some of it reminded me of stories of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the fate of the Romanoff dynasty'. And I wasn't aware of the Parisian 'gutter press' of France's 18th century, or the sordid quality of the apparently unfair allegations of debauched behavior by Marie Antoinette. We have it easy, don't we? I thought 'Ahab's Wife' was brilliant and have yet to read Ms. Naslund's novel 'Four Spirits,' but am looking very much forward to it, and any other novels that she writes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

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    I loved this book. I loved Naslund's use of Marie Antoinette's own words, combined with her fictionalized thoughts in the same tone, to paint a portrait of a relatively normal woman, despite the completely abnormal situations into which she was born and married. I was absolutely wrapped up in her story and engrossed in her thoughts, from beginning to end. My friends are all lined up to read it, too--I recommended it to just about everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    OUTSTANDING

    One of the best Historical fictions that I have read in a long time. Felt as if you were actually with the Royals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2007

    Engrossing

    I will start by saying this is the first book of M.A. I've read - and then say 'Wow!'. It was a wonderfully written book. It grabs you and transports you to M.A.'s time, leaving you at the end with a profound understanding of her life. The letters included in the book were wonderful, and from my own research during and after reading the book, accurate. Of course, it's hard to say what M.A. was feeling at any given moment, but I think the author did a marvelous job of portraying M.A. in this new light. Very much recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

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    Marie Antoinette was an Austrian princess named Maria Antonia Josefa Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen who went to France at fourteen years old and married Louis XVI. Marie Antoinette had many conflicts such as not being able to conceive a Dauphin, keeping the people of France under control, being in love with Axel von Ferson and having an affair with him, and more. Her conflict when she was a child was that her father died, and she was very close to him. However, the main conflict in the middle of her life was marrying the Louis XVI, who at that time was the Dauphin, and having to conceive at fourteen. However, Louis XVI doesn¿t pay attention to Marie Antoinette and focuses on hunting, which means that Marie Antoinette wasn¿t considered a full wife. She also fell in love with Axel von Ferson during this time and had to manage an affair with him while having either his or Louis XVI¿s five children: Marie Therese (born December 19, 1778 died October 19, 1851 of age), Louise Joseph (born October 22, 1781 died June 4, 1789 of tuberculosis), Louis Charles (born March 27, 1785 died June 8, 1795 in a prison), a miscarriage, and Sophie (died at nine months old). Her later years in life conflict was with the people of France, who wanted to kill her because she didn¿t do anything about the bread shortage in France that would starve the people- instead she just bought more outfits and fired some of her servants, leaving 173 servants left (and she complained she had no servants to do anything)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2006

    Enthralling!

    I loved Naslund's Ahab's Wife, and this novel strikes the same chord. Her Marie Antoinette makes the reader feel compassion and empathy for the infamous queen. The voice of Marie Antoinette is so seductive and alluring that I was saddened at the end even though I knew how her story ended. I strongly recommend this book to readers who love characterization at its finest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    Excellent read

    I had just finished reading the 'Thirteenth Tale' and was wondering if I would soon find another book just as intelligent and entertaining. I was so fortunate to select 'Abundance'. I couldn't put it down. The author treats her readers with respect and intelligence. I highly recommened this book. I read histories, mysteries and literature. I read at least one book a week and find books like 'The Thirteenth Tale' and 'Abundance' do not come along as often as I would wish.

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