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A Daughter Of The Seine: The Life Of Madame Roland

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This is a fictionalized biography of the French Revolutionary patriot and writer Jeanne Manon Roland de la Platiere (1754-1793), who became known simply by Madame Roland. She was the daughter of a Paris engraver who encouraged his daughter's interest in music, painting, and literature. As a young girl, she told to her grand-mother: "I'll call myself daughter of the Seine," ...more
324 pages
Published June 1929 by Harper & Brothers (first published January 1st 1929)
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While I both appreciate and even enjoy Jeannette Eaton's A Daughter of the Seine to a certain point, with both the main character (Madame Roland) and supporting personages interestingly and realistically enough depicted and presented, I also tend to feel that I am only and basically mostly reading "about" them on the surface, that I am an observer, and not all that much an active participant. And while I thus am and remain intrigued by Madame Roland's life, her achievements, her contributions to ...more
Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-honors
At first I found this book quite dull. A lot of late 18th century facts, mixed with a lot of early 20th century opinions. As I got into the book though, I found it very fascinating, and I learned a lot more about the French Revolution that I did not know, especially of course the part the Roland family played. However, there were far too many characters which were underdeveloped, but which the author seemed to expect a huge understanding of. I consider myself smart, but I lost track of which per ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery, 2012
At first look, I was afraid that this old Newbery Honor would be dry and uninteresting. Actually, it wasn't too bad! Madame Roland was a fascinating character, and the author makes her admiration for her subject quite clear. The biography has plenty of detail and is easy to follow, though often romanticized. I don't picture the average child or teen reading this one, but that isn't really an issue because the book is so old and there are not many copies. Still, Newbery completists will probably ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery, ya, biography, french, gov
Interesting subject for a children's book - Marie -Jeanna Philipon Roland. An educated young women of the middle class who marries an older man (by 20 years) who serves in government at the end of the reign of kings in France. An early feminist in many ways, she supported her husband's work, had revolutionary sympathies and acted on her beliefs.
Not a bad book, just not one I was particularly interested in and honestly, I'm not certain any child would be either unless they had an interest in French history during the Reign of Terror. Madame Roland is an intriguing historical figure who until now was unknown to me. She was born Marie (called Manon) Philippon. Her parents ensured she was well-educated. She was a talented writer who also had a knack for making friends. She used both skills once she married her husband, Jean-Marie Roland. H ...more
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