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A Place of Greater Safety

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Mantel uses multiple styles in her creation: writing in the third and first person; inserting occasional historic quotes; recreating those newspaper entries; entering conversations between various important persons; presenting imagined diary entries and private thoughts. Lucile is in love with him from the beginning, even though she knows the nature of his relationship with her mother. The sections where we follow Camille, culminating in the storming of the Bastille, are delightful and show him in all his charm and lack of discipline.

He hadn't known that she'd be turned thirty before her family considered his situation even halfway satisfactory. Once again, Mantel takes a lot for granted in her readers and assumes we understand the context and origins of the politics of the Revolution - she name-checks Tacitus and Rousseau but doesn't explore their influence in any great detail. My first book was pure wish fulfilment, about a girl who became a dancer, and with the recent publication of a ballet trilogy – Born to Dance, Star Quality and Showtime – I seem to have come full circle. He indulges himself a little: places himself on the steps of the Châtelet court with a hard-wrung acquittal and a knot of congratulatory colleagues.It took me about 5 weeks to actually make a start on the reading – partly down to having exams and partly because of the size of it. Who can fail to be entranced by the mercurial Camille Desmoulins, enfant terrible of the Revolution? Mantel uses the leaders of the Revolution – Danton, Robespierre and Camille Desmouslins – as the pivotal characters, which, of course, they were, but also manages to use their characters and positions to give information about lesser known characters, such as Lucille Desmoulins, without whom the revolution may not have run in the same way. He explained that he had first been sent away to school when he was seven years old, and as a consequence knew his family better on paper than he did in real life. He was a child for whom one might do something; he had been three years at school in Arras, and his teachers were full of praise for his progress and industry.

Three wishes, Jean-Nicolas thought sourly: become an alderman, marry your cousin, prosper like a pig in clover.

The town smells of summer; not very pleasant, that is, but the same as last year, the same as the years to follow. The New York Times praised Mantel, but not the book, wondering if "more novel and less history might not better suit this author's unmistakable talent. Upon his arrival he sat down to make a note of everything he had seen on the journey, because then he would have done his duty to it, and need not carry it around in his head.

Possibly he put the worst construction on his family circumstances, because during the rest of his life he never mentioned his parents at all. I wouldn’t have found A Place of Greater Safety so approachable if Mantel had written thirty-odd to sixty-odd pages of continuous dense prose. In fact, the first half of the book can be hard to get a hold of: we're introduced to Camille Desmoulins, Maximilien Robespierre and George-Jacques Danton along with a proverbial cast of thousands but they rarely talk politics until suddenly the Bastille is being attacked.It was a good, old, family name, he told Jacqueline's mother; it was a good, old family to which her daughter now belonged. It is a brilliantly interwoven tale of the main protagonists of the French Revolution and is told with. I was sometimes quite amazed that Robespierre and Danton were sick and showed some humanity through this, showing they did have a body to take care for.

Danton stood at the same window and watched--as if in a dazed, dreadful repeating dream--while her son's remains were manhandled across the fields. When we finally get to Danton's own voice, a rarely intruding narratorial voice sets it up, saying 'she' didn't expect for Danton to speak, but time is running out (and this with more than half of the book left)! She also wrote A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, An Experiment in Love, The Giant, O'Brien, Fludd, Beyond Black, Every Day Is Mother's Day, Vacant Possession, and a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost.

Two are ambitious young lawyers; the first – George-Jacques Danton – zealous, energetic and debit-ridden, the second – Maximillian Robespierre – small, diligent and terrified of violence. I think it is a pity that we bring on your talents, then say to you"--the priest held his palm up--"this far, but no further.

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