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Madame Tussaud

A Novel of the French Revolution

By Michelle Moran

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| Hardcover | 9780307588654

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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? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell i Continue

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? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.
 
Smart and ambitious, Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, and even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, yet her greatest dream is to attract the attention of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her work could catapult her and her museum to the fame and riches she desires. After months of anticipation, Marie learns that the royal family is willing to come and see their likenesses. When they finally arrive, the king’s sister is so impressed that she requests Marie’s presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. It is a request Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away
from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.
 
As Marie gets to know her pupil, Princesse Élisabeth, she also becomes acquainted with the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she’s ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.
 
Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution. . . . Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her
friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? And more important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?
 
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.
 

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Fantastic! Took a little to get into but what a tale! I knew much about this period in history, but to have it presented from the perspective of the famous Madame Tussaud (who I did not even realise was present, little own had a 'foot in each camp' i ...(continue)

    Fantastic! Took a little to get into but what a tale! I knew much about this period in history, but to have it presented from the perspective of the famous Madame Tussaud (who I did not even realise was present, little own had a 'foot in each camp' ie. commoner and royalty was absolutely fascinating!

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    Helen said on Sep 24, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Just finish this book ...
    Firstly I was quite surprise on the choice of topic of Michelle Moran since her last three books are on Egypt.
    To be honest, I dun quite enjoy this book like the previous ones, but it is not the writing , it is the topic. I ...(continue)

    Just finish this book ...
    Firstly I was quite surprise on the choice of topic of Michelle Moran since her last three books are on Egypt.
    To be honest, I dun quite enjoy this book like the previous ones, but it is not the writing , it is the topic. I dun really like the French Revolution at all. Yet, I still enjoy the writing and the details that Moran included --- in accordance to the history facts with her own imagination.

    For those who have read it : I cant really find any information about this Henri Charles person !

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    estieste said on Mar 30, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    If you like historical fiction this is quite a nice telling of the French Revolution. Lite but w/ enough facts on M. Tussaud et cie to keep it interesting.

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    Psc said on Mar 27, 2011 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 448 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0307588653
  • ISBN-13: 9780307588654
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
  • Publish date: 2011-02-15
  • Dimensions: 264 mm x 1,077 mm x 1,528 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , Softcover , eBook
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