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Posted September 5, 2002
The comlexity of events and personalities that caused the Storm of Revolution to commence in 1789 is far beyond Miss Davis' light weight grasp of the subject. Her fantasy confection gives Marie Antoinette the predictable persona of a XXth century woman from rich suburbs, country clubs and designer boutiques. Is the author inable or simply clueless as to the genuine nature of the Aristocratic and Royal players who inhabited the late 18th century? Perhaps it explains why the characters are of "20th century experience" dressed in and surrounded by a mediocre period stage set. Miss Davis commits a great act of hubris by attempting to suppose the inner thoughts and secrets of this Hapsburg Archduchess who became Queen of France. The many insults and indignities Marie Antoinette suffered ended Oct 1793. It is a blessing that she will never suffer from reading this poorly crafted make believe story.
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Posted July 25, 2006
A Vague Biographical Piece of Fluff
I was hoping for something more historical. This novella seems to be a flippant assortment of tales from the queen's life. While the author is clever in telling the story as a tour of Versaille, the fact that the chapters are no more than 3-7 pages long does not give an ample sense of either Versailles or the wife of Louis XVI. Quite a disappointment. I would not recommend this book.
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