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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 27 Aug. 2009
This review is from: A Place of Greater Safety (Paperback)
It took me a while to get into this book. I was desperate to get to the revolution and the first couple of hundred pages, although beautifully written concentrated on the main characters early lives. The "Revolution" crept up very subtley until you found yourself suddenly engulfed in the tumult and paranoia of the historical process. It is a truly compelling read, the characters are so well drawn you even manage to feel sympathy for Robespierre, whilst for Danton and Camille nothing less than hopeless dread. A host of other characters add to the marvellous complexity but never clutter the story's path. I studied the French Revolution at A Level and found it difficult to pin down or understand, but this book opened my eyes and made it feel contemporary and real. Fabulous.
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S. Blattmann says:
I read this book years ago because I am fascinated with the French revolution (thanks to my mother who brought me up on Baroness Orczy and Dickens. For many years I thought it was Sidney Carter who gave Danton's speech at his execution!! Whilst I enjoyed it immensely I was horrified whilst pursuing it with the knowledge I had of the denouement. I was by the end madly in love with Camille and would gladly have worn the scarlet ribbon round my neck! This is the best of the Mantel books. Terribly difficult to persuade a reader of my generation to like Thomas Cromwell after reading the Sansom novels of Henry's court. (Lamentation, etc.)
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