A Place of Greater Safety Author:Hilary Mantel The story of three young provincials of no great heritage who together helped to destroy a way of life and, in the process, destroyed themselves: Camille Desmoulins, bisexual and beautiful, charming, erratic, untrustworthy; Georges Jacques Danton, hugely but erotically ugly, a brilliant pragmatist who knew how to seize power and use it; and Maxi... more »milien Robespierre, "the rabid lamb," who would send his dearest friend to the guillotine. Each, none older than thirty-four, would die by the hand of the very revolution he had helped to bring into being.« less
Wow, if you read all the reviews on back cover of book, and the one on the front which says 'riveting'--you really want to read it. I am a voracious reader and like 'heady' books, but this one...well, I tried. Every 4-5 pages when I would begin again each evening, it put me right to sleep. This never happens to me. This one was more effective than any medicine. Boring. Riveting? Hardly. I told myself to stick with it there must be an improvement coming, and night after night...zzzzz....I got 1/3 through and said 'that's it, I'm calling it quits.'