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Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
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Sep 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2012, france, historical-fiction
Read from January 20 to 28, 2012

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This is an amazing story about the French Revolution however the title can definitely be misleading. The story takes place over 5 years during the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror and it is told by Marie Grosholtz, a talent wax sculptor who will one day become the famous Madame Tussaud. In her Salon de Cire Parisians could find sculptures of the royal family, Jefferson, and later Robspierre and other Revolutionary figures. It was also the place to get the latest news and gossip. Marie is soon asked to become a royal tutor to the King's sister, a position that she cannot refuse but a position that may come back to haunt her as the Revolution continues.

Definitely a good novel, but I think that Moran should stick with the ancient world. Her characterization of Marie was cold, unemotional and seemed to only care about her career and making money. I would have liked more details regarding Marie's life after the Revolution as those later years were squished into a matter of a few pages ... a sequel perhaps in the future? As for the title, she does not become Madame Tussaud until the end of the book - the title was misleading and I don't think that it needed to be. It was still a fantastic book about the French Revolution without the gimmick of Madame Tussaud. I would recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read more about the French Revolution and to those who are fans of Moran.

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