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Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser
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Nov 20, 2009

really liked it
Read in November, 2009

Through solid research and observation Fraser unfolds the social and psychological formation of Marie Antoinette, the woman, wife, mother and queen. A portrait is painted of the ill-fated queen who found herself in the quirky and tumultuous cultural, social and political atmosphere of late 18th c. France. Fate and poor judgment within that mix caused the downfall of the royal family and the emergence of an icon in the person of Marie Antoinette.

I enjoyed the book very much. Fraser does a fine job leading the reader through, what she calls, Marie's journey. Some of the details of historical events and aristocratic familial relations become disjunct and cumbersome at times but they are fleeting. The flow returns quickly and I would become engaged in the story once again. It was sometimes difficult for me to put the book down most especially the last 200 pages.

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message 1: by Dawn (new)

Dawn You'll have to let me know if this was a good book - this sounds like something I would read! Seems like we have similar tastes in books Rob!

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