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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Quercus (Aug. 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849161380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849161381
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 4.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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By Carole P. Roman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 4 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have gone to Madam Tussaud's wax museum quite a few times and will admit, that in a creepy way, it's fascinating. Standing next to famous people, seeing how tall, the nuances of their features is interesting. I especially love to see the historical characters. However now, after reading the book I understand the historical importance of her wax figures and tableaux she created. When there was no television, people needed a way to reference the major players of the day. The wax museum brought these characters to life. This gave the public a way to identify important people, and helped them understand and many times, swayed them in political thinking. Originally a form of entertainment, Madam Tussaud became a key figure in the revolution, swept up in the storm of the times, her rare talent making her a major player in the upheaval that shook France.
Moran's book does the same thing. Fleshing out the star players, her words make them as three dimensional as wax figures and we can understand the fury of the times. Excellent book, and gives a interesting perspective of the French revolution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LBM TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 3 2012
Format: Hardcover
I don't understand the glowing reviews of this book. It's well-written, but treads already well-travelled territory (the French Revolution). It doesn't reveal anything exceptional or new about Madame Tussaud: and she is characterized as a self-protective collaborator who is "just following orders" and, not surprisingly, comes to regret her poor choices.
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Format: Paperback
Although the beginning of the story involves Marie Grosholtz's life and how she became to be such a talented wax sculptor, it soon turned into a he said/she said thing. Most of the people visiting the Wax museum would let on many secrets so that we could understand the plotting of the revolution. Then, as Marie would go to tutor at Versailles, the royalty would tell her their secrets. Eventually, it became a great documentary. But as far as Madame Tussaud's story ended, it felt rushed. Her marriage and flee from France was only commented on. Wish I could have learned more about her.
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Please read the commentary for Second Empress. Same author, just as engaging and captivating to read. I couldn't put it down.
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This was one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Reading it was like watching an Oscar wining movie. I have leant this book out to several people and every single person has said they can put it down. It is an absolute must.
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