Friday, August 19, 2011

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

When Marie moves from her family's waxwork museum into the palace of Versailles, her whole life is set to change...When Marie Tussaud learns the exciting news the royal family will be visiting her famed wax museum, the Salon de Cire, she never dreams that the king's sister will request her presence at Versailles: as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. As Marie familiarizes herself with Princess Elisabeth and begins to know Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, she witnesses the glamorous life of court, a very different world from her home on the Boulevard du Temple of Paris where bread can only be had on the black market and men sell their teeth to put food on the their tables. The year is 1788 and men like Desmoulins, Marat, and Robespierre are meeting in the salons of Paris speaking against the monarchy; there's whispered talk of revolution. Spanning five years from budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax moulding saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

Love this book. Seriously. I may not know exactly how close to the truth it is, but it was a fascinating read. And I find Madame Tussaud generally fascinating anyway. Am off to Wikipedia a whole bunch of stuff now - haha. And I definitely think I'm gonna try get my hands on some of Michelle Moran's other books ... you know how I do adore Ancient Egypt :)

1 comment:

AngelConradie said...

Now this one is going on my list!

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