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The girls will be all right, they can do needlework, perhaps people will marry them for their personal charms. I also have to say, as much as I enjoyed reading about Danton and Robespierre, and Mantel’s characterization of them, I missed Desmoulins when he was absent from the book. François had stood before the priest and done his duty; but once he met her body between the sheets, he felt again the original, visceral passion. Later, Desmoulins really does fall in love with Lucile and marries her, despite her father’s objections, but is never faithful to her.

There was one paragraph where they gang raped a woman, cut her head off, ripped her heart out and drank her blood. From the flintily incorruptible Robespierre to the bullish, sensual Danton and the doomed, romantic Desmoulins, this is historical fiction played out on the grandest canvas. For me, the book has left me with a thirst for more knowledge about those times and many thanks that I did not live then. Robespierre, at the time, has no direct responsibility for the massacres, since he is not yet one of the leaders of France, but he could have spoken out against them, and doesn’t.

It is a brilliantly interwoven tale of the main protagonists of the French Revolution and is told with. In 1767--when Armand was able to walk, and Anne-Clothilde was the baby of the household--Jean-Nicolas said to his wife:"Camille ought to go away to school, you know.

However, I didn’t need to, as I had no difficulty following the plot and (more or less) keeping track of who's who. Danton in forcefulness resembles Cromwell who Mantel later would take on (an already a few times mentions in this work).One of my very favorites was, and is, Katherine Neville’s The Eight, only part of which takes place during the French Revolution. I dreamt of a republic which all the world would have adored; I could never have believed that men could be so ferocious and so unjust. Already we can see the stylistic quirks and techniques that Mantel has made her own: the sardonic view of history, the arch wit (too arch in too many places, here), the adoption of positively anachronistic speech so that characters feel like our contemporaries (a comment on how we always read 'history' via the horizons of our present? In over 800 pages Mantel brilliantly describes the lives, from childhood, of three main characters of the French Revolution : Danton, Camille and Robespierre - how they meet in adulthood, become acquainted [and friends] and how their politics bring them together [and apart] in the turmoil of events of1789 and beyond.

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