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Madame Tussaud. by Michelle Moran
by Michelle Moran

Published: 2011-03
Paperback : 432 pages
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Marie has grown up in her step-father's waxwork museum, learning the ways of crafting human statues for the rich and famous of Paris. But all is not well in the French capital, the people are going hungry while the king and queen and their court live increasingly lavish lives. Surrounded by her ...
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(Marie has grown up in her step-father's waxwork museum, learning the ways of crafting human statues for the rich and famous of Paris. But all is not well in the French capital, the people are going hungry while the king and queen and their court live increasingly lavish lives. Surrounded by her father's friends, Marie learns of their plans for revolution. All the while, she talks to her best friend and childhood sweetheart, Jack. Meanwhile a visit from Marie Antoinette results in Marie being offered a job in the palace, teaching the reviled queen how to make waxwork masks. Wary at first, Marie soon discovers the most hated woman in France to be charming, endearing and ultimately a dear friend. And when the revolution comes, Marie's loyalties are sorely tested. As an ally of the queen, she is thrown into jail and only has one method of survival - to make death masks of the key figures of the revolution and buy her way out. Will Jack have waited, or lost patience with her friendship with the queen?

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We discussed the relevance of this book in today's revolutions in Egypt, etc.
We talked about theory of cyclical history.
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  "The French Revolution"by lollygil (see profile) 07/18/11

This was such an interesting--can't put down read. The French Revolution from the back rooms of a wax museum artist. Marie straddled both sides of the political arena by befriending the Royals and housing... (read more)

 
  "Madame Tussaud"by hgould (see profile) 04/19/11

Our club really enjoyed this read. The author is a gifted writer and weaves the historical facts so well into the story. A GREAT read! I learned so much about the notables of the time and the craft... (read more)

 
  "For Love or Money?"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 02/24/11

Another great novel from Michelle Moran. Madame Tussaud brings to life the French Revolution and the characters that set it into motion. If you like historical fiction, although most of the details are... (read more)

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