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Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Enthralled until the End!

Michelle Moran's historical novel does not disappoint in bringing the history of the French Revolution to your imagination. She did a splendid job doing research to show us the wonders of the 18th century France with all of its beauty which is twisted into a blood thir...
Michelle Moran's historical novel does not disappoint in bringing the history of the French Revolution to your imagination. She did a splendid job doing research to show us the wonders of the 18th century France with all of its beauty which is twisted into a blood thirsty era without making the political aspect too stuffy.
Madame Tussaud should bring images of impressible wonders of actors, diplomats, & newly beloved singers. Madame Tussaud's may have been a talented artist, however, her life was much more then a wax exhibit.

Dead Bodies from the French Revolution
We walk the streets of Boulevard du Temple through the eyes of Madame Marie Grosholtz (maiden name). She is a successful independent woman who helps her uncle, Philippe Curtis, run the Salon de Cire. Madame Grosholtz not only was graced by meeting the royal Family, King Louis the XVI and Marie Antoinette, when they came to visit the Salon de Cire, but she was also requested to be the wax tutor of King Louis's sister, Madame Elizabeth.

As events unfold it is revealed that weekly visitors of the Salon, friends of Curtis, in the after hours became major figures of the Anarchy, which was soon known as the Reign of Terror. This is hardly an understatement. Mobs killed many innocent, including women & children, commoners & nobles alike. Soon quick justice came the guillotine was introduced.


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During this turbulent time Madame Grosholtz walks a fine line treading that of the royal aristocratic old ways and that of which this revolution is supposed to store to the common people of France. The mob holds power over her. If she denies their request she will be sent to prison or worse, find her head tumbling around after the guillotine slices through the creamy flesh of her neck. Yet, Madame Elizabeth has found a spot in Madame Grosholtz heart where she hopes that she will have mercy on her and her family if Austria armies comes to aid King Louis.

Henri Charles was a beautiful addition to the book. His tender relationship and non too subtle hints directed towards Madame Grosholtz had me giggle and blush for the poor woman myself. She was so driven in financial and business gain that she did not see how much this man adored her before it was announced. Dear Henri was also a man who had a solid head on his shoulders and broke up the comprehensive political battle nestled in the pages.

Overall, Madame Tussaud was a story that had me enthralled until the end. This book was extremely well written and researched!

posted by MadSteampunkery on April 3, 2011

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Book Review: Madame Tussaud

Having been a big fan of Moran's previous novels, I was curious as to what she could offer The French Revolution. I've only read a couple books with this setting, and never from such an lesser known view point. All I know of Madame Tussaud is from the present day wax mu...
Having been a big fan of Moran's previous novels, I was curious as to what she could offer The French Revolution. I've only read a couple books with this setting, and never from such an lesser known view point. All I know of Madame Tussaud is from the present day wax museum's names after her.

Sadly, I didn't think this was as fantastic as her other novels. But, I don't think it has anything to do with the story. Moran has crafted a masterpiece. She tells the story flawlessly to the point I felt like I was there. It just wasn't for me. I think it's the setting of the revolution. I just can't wrap my mind around what happened during this time period. The poor turning on the rich and on the church was understandable. All the had to do was follow the trail of money and food that they didn't have. But, it reminds me of the Salem witch trials in the aspect that all your neighbor had to do was point a finger at you and you were on trial. It was horrific. Especially when you think that an estimated 40,000 people died during this time period. And for what? I'm pretty sure it wasn't life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (no matter how much the original leaders were trying to model the American Revolution).

I enjoyed the story of Marie. She was a very talented young women living a time of absolute turmoil. Her family has the ear of both the nobility and the National Assembly. And what a dangerous line to walk. I actually fond her point of view on the King and Queen to be fascinating. I've long felt I needed that voice to make them come to life. Once the force had started, I don't think anything could have saved them. The Queen especially couldn't do anything right by anyone's standards. I often saw Marie struggle with correcting people's very erroneous view points. But, she also didn't want to point out how friendly she was with the royal family.

After so much death surrounding her, I wasn't surprised that Marie was finally arrested. There's only so many times you can see someone's head and be asked to make a death mask of it. Especially when it's someone you know and would consider a friend. Even more so, when you realize how they died and for what reasons. In that aspect, I felt this novel was much more graphic that previous novels I've read about the revolution.

In the end, I felt the novel was a little drawn out and slow. Especially in the beginning. When the revolution was in full swing, it was just a lot of death and despair. But, Moran makes it readable. I'll be curious to see what I think of her next book which is also set in France during Napoleon's time.

posted by pagese on June 27, 2011

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Awfully bloody and gruesome

    This book is for history buffs who don't mind all the the gruesome details. I suppose I would recommend it for our book club but first would give a synopsis and they can make up their minds whether they want to read it.

    I have read a couple of Michelle Moran's books, and some can never be proven to be accurate or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Boring

    Found this book boring and could not finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Not worth my money

    A waste of my money. Drawn out, boring. I stopped reading after 30 chapters.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    Not a fan of French history...

    I just find it boring for some reason. The writing was fine, it was the subject matter that made me want to quit reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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