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Madame Tussaud

de Michelle Moran

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The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire ... but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? Spanning five years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, "Madame Tussaud" brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.… (més)
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Really good story - didn't know much about the French revolution before listening to this book - and had no idea that Madame Tussaud - of wax museum fame - was actually There. It was very interesting to consider the story from a Royalist perspective. Popular culture presumes Marie Antoinette was simply guilty... but according to this rendition - she was quite innocent. She was just a Queen in a country that went mad. Its also quite clear - to me - and to all of them that died - that God does not put much effort into saving the innocent. At every corner - the evil wins... without recourse - without equitable return for the suffering caused. Bad people live - do their crimes against humanity and then they live (either imprisioned = free food and air to breath) or they die (and so never really suffer any ramifications for their actions. One does not suffer beyond death.) No amount of individual suffering in either of these cases is sufficient to balance the number of deaths and personal grief that each individual hurt by the perpetrator suffered - coupled with the suffering of the families lived beyond them. ( )
  asl4u | Jul 21, 2024 |
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
I have been looking forward to reading this book for FOREVER, and it did not disappoint! Oh, the emotions! Oh, the changing of Fates! You know what's going to happen, and yet you just can't help but be engrossed and wondering just how everything will shake out. I think almost every American student studies the French Revolution, so I already knew what would happen with Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, her children, Lafayette, Marat, and Robespierre. I still learned new things. The era came alive to me in a way it never did during history class. Kudos to Michelle Moran!

This is by far Moran's most descriptive book, and I gobbled up every detail, particularly of Versailles. It has such a fascinating history! I also loved how Moran flooded the novel with tidbits about how Marie Tussaud (Marie Gorsholtz) lived, how she set up her museum, and how she monetized the news. It was intriguing watching her balance her business acumen with her principles. While we can't know today what the heroine's thoughts on the Revolution were, I think Moran did a great job guessing.

Sidenote: Moran's side characters were unique and just as complex as the heroine. Moran dedicated a lot of time and pages for this novel, and the effort shows. This is one of my favorite books by her.

What kept this from a 5 star rating for me was that the chapters often ended abruptly. I kept expecting more only to be thrown into a new chapter. Also, Marie Gorsholtz's character sometimes got lost in the flood of events. So much happened so quickly during the French Revolution that Marie became more of a reporter rather than a character with thoughts and feelings. I felt like Moran could've written her to be a little more present in her own story. ( )
  readerbug2 | Nov 16, 2023 |
It is ironic that I decided read this book now. I won it in contest eleven years ago and the author signed my hardback copy.

To read the life of Madame Tussade is get to know her through the author's eyes, to learn about how the wax figures were created by taking measurements with caliphers, making a mold, paint and adding hair and glass eyes. It was even crucial to have the furniture in the scene to be exact and the complexion of the faces perfect. Madame Tussade happened to be in France and asked to do Queen Marie Antoinette's face and figure, her husband,King Louie XIX and their children. Her skill must have amazing for her uncle who own the business was impressed by her artristy.

Her story thrusts us into the French Revolution, important political figures that she knew and later modeled into wax were: Marquette De Lafayette, Marate De Sade, Maximilian Robespierre among other. From other reading, I already knew that De Sade, was vile and perverse even more than I knew before, and Robespierre garnered no respect or pity from and I felt great sadness for Lafayette. The beginning, the middle developments and the Reign of Terror are depicted vividly in detail, so much that I wanted to turn away from the book but I did not. I felt the terror of the uncontrolled mobs and the horrible massacre of men, women and children, including innocent Jewish families I kept having flashbacks that mixed with those scenes and currently the January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. It was a taste of whatcould happen here!

It was truly a Revolution unhinged. This book needs to read now! ( )
  Carolee888 | Oct 31, 2022 |
I heavily enjoyed this book. It's like a history lesson but with true emotions and holds your attention until the very last page. ( )
  xofelf | Apr 5, 2022 |
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