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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Period of History, 12 July 2012
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I bought this book after reading the other 3 Michelle Moran books. I appreciate her writing isn't the best out there but I find the eras she writes about interesting and her writing style easy to read.

The book is set during the 1700's prior to and during the French Revolution. I knew little to nothing about Madam Tussaud or the French Revolution so this seemed like it would be an interesting read. However, I think the title is a bit deceiving. The book isn't so much about Madam Tussaud as it is about the Revolution - Madam Tussaud, known in the book as Marie, is merely the eyes through which we see the revolution . This meant that you don't learn that much about her wax museum and you never really feel that connected to her. Marie seemed very two dimensional and throughout the book seemed almost indifferent to the sufferings the revolution bought about as she appeared only to care about how much money her exhibit was making.

I felt that Moran tried to cram a bit too much in to the story. She mentions so many people and events that sometimes it's a bit hard not to get lost. I think if she had cut some of this out the book would have been quite a lot shorter and easier to follow. Once the revolution finished so did the book so I felt Marie's story didn't really end satisfactorily as it was very abrupt.

Despite this, the time period is fascinating and Moran sticks very closely to historical fact. The book has given me a real desire to go and find more about the French Revolution. I felt her writing was better in this book than in some of the previous ones which made it feel more adult. An interesting read about a traumatic, bloody period of history but let down by the main character and overly in-depth portrayal of events.
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