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Maid

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

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    I confess, I know very little about Joan of Arc. Which is odd since I consider myself Catholic and the church was very prominent in her life. But, this book immediately caught my attentions and I was curious to know more about her.

    I'm not really sure what to think of this book. It was not what I was expecting at all. I was never really captured by Joan's character. The way she was written didn't seem like a person who could convince thousands to follow her to save France. In fact, a lot of the time it felt like the men around her were just appeasing her. I'm not sure how many actually believed in her visions of her quest. I'm wondering if I might be slightly biased considering my psychology background. Her name is often mentioned in conjunction with schizophrenia in text books, so I'm wondering if I had a hard time convincing myself her visions were divine.

    I also disliked the focus on sex. I get that she was a virgin and by remaining that way she fulfilled the prophecy. But, I don't think it need to be repeated so often in the story. And it seemed like the men in the story were so often focusing on that. I'm sure it wasn't easy for many of them being in such close proximity to her, but I really doubt it was as much of a focus and the book makes it seem.

    In the end, I'm left on the fence on this one. I still feel I don't have a grasp on Joan of Arc's character. I think I would like to read something else about her.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Naively written

    Joan of Arc's story is well-known and has been depicted by some of the greatest writers in history; therefore, a challenging historical figure to depict. Faith compelled Joan to acts of courage and leadership that are incomprehensible today, let alone in the 15th century. The author does a poor job capturing the fear and reaction of the people for whom Joan's acts and thoughts would have been seen as heretical. Instead, the dialogue often comes across as appropriate for high school hallways or facebook postings.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Not worth the time

    This book is written about a very amazing character, but the author did a veryy poor job writing about her. I do not like her character, and all the sentences have the same structure and it is no fun to read. This book is not worth the time, there are plenty of other good books on Joan of arc worth reading.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

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    Great Story of Female Power

    I was very interested to understand more of the story of Joan of Arc, especially after visiting the cathedral in the shape of her helmet in Rouen. This novel was a fantastic insight into the life of Jehanne or Jehannette as a child, growing into the woman that eventually led the army of Charles the Dauphin. It was written with good attention to detail, the only difficulty I had was with the language of the time, it inherently makes me sleepy. I also really had never experienced the story of what happened after she was captured by the English. This was a great story of one of the earliest female power figures, and I appreciated her struggles dealing with the male dominated world of her time. This novel sparked my interest in the life of Joan of Arc, and I definitely want to look into her life from a historical viewpoint also. I have already recommended this book to several other historical fiction readers and they are all interested in reading it.

    ARC Reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Loved it!

    This book was intersting and was suprisingly filled with accurate information! I have always had interest in Joan of Arc and its great there is such a book like thid

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    I have not read the book. However, the overview indicates there

    I have not read the book. However, the overview indicates there is more fiction than facts.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    New love for Joan!

    I loved this book and couldnt put it down. Gave me a new respect for the real maid.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    kept my interest throughput the book!

    i do have an interest in 'all things french' but was unsure if this book would be a positive or negative reading experience. i did however seem to want to pick up the book and finish it so i will admit that i did wind up liking it very much. since i never really knew the story of joan of arc, i do feel that this was a very good way to understand it from the inside out! i WOULD recommend the book to historical fiction lovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 26, 2011

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