Danton Hardcover – 16 Jul 2009
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About the Author
David Lawday is a native of London, educated there and at Oxford. He is a writer and journalist who was a correspondent for twenty years with The Economist, now based in Paris where his son and daughter grew up and where he lives with his French wife.
Top Customer Reviews
In his (very few) notes, Lawday criticises the film which - it seems only too evidently - he has used as part of his (un-quoted) primary source material.
I was really looking forward to reading this book, because I have always found Danton fascinating. As a read - if one can vague generalisations inflated into assersions - it is alright, but it still left me wondering what the real Danton was like.
So we get "A Wilful Woman in the Way" as chapter six, and the hilarity begins. Butch Danton is constantly "bursting" and "straining" like a pair of Jackie Collins undies, while vixen Manon parades her "swelling hips" and "full breasts" between her "victims". Lawday keeps up the Mills and Boon as the tale unfolds, each new chapter bringing a fresh round of helpless giggles: "his bull's virility", "his outright virility frightened her," while he "punctures the dominatrix" his mind filled with images of her as a "caped nun in the Inquisition, her full mouth smiling as she pressed the torturer's hands a curved cane to flay his male parts." (????). Sadly, after only five chapters of this Manon is locked up, prompting a "hell hath no fury!", and relived of her head. Suddenly Danton is in love with her: "What spirit! What thrusting ambition! What a woman! Surely Manon Roland was the Revolution, it's daring, seductive essence." Lawday even credits Danton with a fleeting glimpse of his beloved Manon as he steps up to the guillotine, a la Braveheart.
Of course, throughout this Lawday maintains Robespierre is Danton's real arch-nemesis, but as he turns up only four times, it's hard to give that too much credit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was thanks to David Lawday's wonderful book on Talleyrand that I decided to read his DANTON (2009). Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2013 by Boyd Hone
Interesting account of the French Revolution featuring a colourful character in Danton.
The author does tend to labour the internal politics which gets a bit tedious and, I... Read more