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  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (24 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345523903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345523907
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
The French Revolution is nearly always portrayed in a way that downplays and romanticises the level of violence that took place. As most great nations involved in some kind of despicable conflict the French like to paint the leaders of the revolution as morally untouchable freedom fighters. When in fact the sadistic side in their personalities, their thirst for power and their lack of conscience was allowed to reign without obstruction throughout that period of time. It was a dark, bloody, violent and unforgiving time.
Marie Antoinette is often depicted as the spendthrift, the fashion savvy selfish foreigner, who dared to rule over the superior French. Fact is the country never forgave her for being Austrian. Then and even now people tend to forget that she was a mother,a friend and a wife. A strong woman deprived of her husband and her children. Kept imprisoned like a criminal and murdered by a bloodthirsty mob.
The author has tried to connect to what it must have been like for Marie in those last months of her life and although her upbringing and stance on royalty is evident, that wasn't enough of a crime to treat her as they did. The French not only blamed her for the crippling financial situation they found themselves in, they also maligned her character in the most despicable way.
Abolishing the monarchy to create a Republic and feed the common folk is one thing, but condoning mass murder, violence and unspeakable acts of gore is reprehensible.
The writing was a tad dry, especially in the first half. There is a lot of factual data thrown in and Marie doesn't really get a strong voice until the second half. Even then I think the author kept her distance from the character emotionally, perhaps in an attempt to not appear biased towards Marie in any way.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
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Format: Paperback
Title: Confessions of Marie Antoinette
Series: Marie Antoinette (#3)
Author: Juliet Grey
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 24th September 2011
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

As one of the most hated Queens that France ever had, Marie Antoinette tries to keep her family together and her husband's throne intact against the back drop and events of the French Revolution. Now matured and aware of her mistakes, she wants what is best for her people, her husband and her children.

It took me ages to read Confessions of Marie Antoinette, which I do feel the need to explain. It was nothing to do with how much I enjoyed the book, but rather the depth of the book. It is definitely what I would call a heavy going book, not one that could be read in small parts but rather needed to be concentrated on (this is an important thing to note!)

Interestingly I didn't actually like Grey's portrayal of Marie Antoinette as a person most of the time (though the way she portrayed her was fantastic, I really liked the not all bad and not all good version of Marie Antoinette she painted a picture of). Though I didn't necessarily like her at times, I still felt sympathy for her and the injustice of the ending (which was for obvious reasons never in question).

I also found it interesting that the only character that I felt really got any focus was Marie Antoinette. There were a lot of other characters in Confessions of Marie Antoinette but I didn't feel that many of them even approached secondary character status, even Louis and Axel (husband and lover respectively) didn't play such a large role.
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Format: Paperback
Well written, with an interesting and sympathetic view of Marie Antoinette. Although I had not read the two previous books in this trilogy I found this worked well as a book in its own right. The reader may have preconceived notions of this woman, but here she is seen as a wife and mother trying to survive the tumultuous period of the French Revolution.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.
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By Mrs Veronica H Nolan on 31 Mar. 2015
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Very enjoyable read another one for my collection.
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By Miffy on 29 Oct. 2014
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FAB FAB FAB! Very cleverly written
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