Madame Tussaud

Madame Tussaud

A Novel of the French Revolution

Large Print - 2011
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While the tensions rise between the royalty and the people, Madame Tussaud is requested to tutor the King's sister in wax sculpting and must find a way for her family to survive the coming revolution.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., 2011.
ISBN: 9781410437068
141043706X
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Moran Michelle 10/2011
Characteristics: 683 p. (large print) :,ill., maps ;,23 cm.

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Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Mar 15, 2017

This was my first Michelle Moran book and will definitely not be my last! Moran did an excellent job of immersing the reader in the world of the French Revolution and describing the absolute madness and terror of the time. Marie was a fascinating and fully fleshed out character and I would love to someday see a part two about her life traveling around England. This was also a great education on the events of the French Revolution because Marie and her family were present at every new development and luckily seemed to have connections with all the major players. It was one of the few books I’ve read that portrayed both sides of the Revolution. Marie’s family was in an interesting position because they had ties to the royal family because of her brother’s being in the Swiss Guard and Marie’s being an art tutor to the king’s sister. However, they were all about catering to the demands of the public and doing whatever they had to do to keep their heads. Would recommend this to all lovers of great historical fiction!

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HopeButterfly
Jun 18, 2015

I liked how Moran wrote this book. It was very informative and helped me feel that I understood the French Revolution so much easier. Just what I was looking for. I didn't realize the very dangerous but exciting life she lived before she even started her life over once again after the Reign of Terror was over. What a time!!!! to live!!!!

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josephinemagdelana
Jun 03, 2015

I am over halfway done this book and I am thoroughly enjoying it! It's detailed but easy to read. I am totally immersed in it. Love her style of writing. And, if you love anything French, you will love this book too. Historical fiction is my new love.

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vv8
Jun 01, 2015

Very detailed historical fiction account of the wax artist, Marie Grosholtz, during the French Revolution. Engaging and interesting, but weighed down with so much information. I enjoyed it but I don't think it would be for everybody. I'm excited to look into Moran's other titles soon!

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TheresaAJ
Apr 08, 2015

It was pretty surreal to read about Marie Grosholtz's life while enjoying perfect beach weather at Tybee Island. Moran does a good job of portraying the horrors of the French Revolution from 1788 through 1794. I walked away from the novel thinking of Marie's salon and wax works as the "social media" of her day. From begging Marie Antoinette's dressmaker to grant her an audience to visiting the coffee shops to gather the latest "who's in, who's out" news to her final stand against the revolutionaries, Marie (the future Madame Tussaud) has a front row seat on French history.

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finn75
Oct 04, 2013

I do love a good historical novel and this is one of the better ones I have read in ages! It follows the life of the woman now known as Madame Tussaud as she tries to straddle both sides of the bloody French revolution. With friends on both sides it makes for a tense read as you keep waiting for the knock on the door that you know will come. At the end of the book it also explains what happens to each of the characters in real life. Great stuff!!

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joliebergman
Apr 18, 2013

A very gruesome tale melted in glass eyes, powdered wigs, and of course: wax.

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Jamore
Aug 23, 2012

I really liked this book. The historical part was really well researched, and the fiction was a good read. A little Forrest Gumpy at times in that she seemed to be meeting the right people at exactly the right time, but overall an entertaining read.

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Suemahovsky
Aug 17, 2012

I enjoyed this book immensely, although yes it was a bit light in the loafers but a great read and really quick and enjoyable. No mention of Tallyrand who was such an important person before, during and after the revolution. Pretty chummy with Danton too, so bit odd he wasnt mentioned and Danton and Robespierre were, but still, a really enjoyable novel.

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dinkthecat
Jun 03, 2012

Well, she is not Hilary Mantel for sure and this is not "Place of greater safety" (recommended if you like the French Revolution). No feel for social mores of the time, Marie in the story seems better educated than most of the male lawyers she associates with which is so very unlikely. Little true emotion, rare from a woman writer.

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