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A Place Of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
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Jan 31, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 1997

To begin with, sorry for my poor english, I´m from Argentina and I´m not used to write in your language. I´ve read Mantel´s book in spanish a couple of times so far and, even though I don´t agree with her scope on certain characters –specially Danton –, I´m forced to agree that it´s one of the best historical novels I ´ve ever read. It´s so well written, sometimes in first person, with monologues where the characters show themselves to the reader, others as if you were sat on a theatre. The portrait of Camille Desmoulins, the french revolution´s journalist, is lovely, complex, twisted, genius, mean, childish. On the other hand, Mantel´s construction of certain chararcaters is more often based on the rumours and calumnies thrown on those times and her likes and dislikes are defined, although all of them are evil at some point. Danton´s negative descripton follows the line established by Lamartine and depeened by Mathiez, his good qualities are so blurred along the book that sometimes you forget that the guy saved France and the revolution –not only bribing the prussian general to win Valmy´s battle- and tried to stop all the killings stimulated by Robespierre. But all in all, it´s a fascinating novel
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