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Farewell, My Queen
Farewell My Queen
Author: Chantal Thomas
On 14 July 1789, Queen Marie Antoinette and her court spend a pleasant evening in the Great Hall of Versailles, completely unaware that the events of the next few hours will change their lives and their country for ever. Agathe-Sidonie Laborde is the Queen's reader, and twenty-one years later, an exile in Vienna, she remains haunted by the chao...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780753820179
ISBN-10: 075382017X
Publication Date: 9/2/2004
Rating:
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2 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Orion Pub Co
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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MarciNYC avatar reviewed Farewell, My Queen on
Helpful Score: 5
At first, I wasn't impressed with this book. I found the beginning of the book to be slow going and very nearly gave up. However, I am glad I perservered. The story takes place at Versailles during the period of 14-16 July, 1789 - important dates in French history. Thomas has woven a wonderful story of what life was like at the court of Versailles at this period. On the first day, with Paris 'so far away', life goes on as normal at the court, but by 16 July, chaos reigns.

This is one of the more enjoyable bits of historical fiction I've read recently. I thought difficulties at first were due to it being translated into English from its original French, but in hindsight, I think it's just the nature of the book and the slow build up to that last day. I would like to read this in French someday if I could get me a copy. (No rush, really - I'm not that proficient in French yet!)
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