This is a huge, complex novel, but the author has done her homework. Though Danton, Robespierre, and Desmoulins are at the center of her story, they are by no means the only major characters who populate the novel. Mantel uses historical figures as well as fictional ones to provide different points of view on the story. As she moves from one to the next, her narrative voice changes back and forth from first to third person as she sometimes grants us access to her characters' deepest thoughts and feelings, and other times keeps us guessing. A Place of Greater Safety is a happy marriage of literary and historical fiction, and a bona fide page-turner, as well. --Margaret Prior --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I really enjoyed reading this book despite its very dense prose. There is just so much detail and the number of characters is huge. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve in Ottawa
Well written, but I was so disappointed that after two attempts, could not get into it. This is particularly unfortunate since I devoured Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.Published 3 months ago by Cheryl Wilson
What a dense and interesting book. I have learned so much. Want to read more about the French Revolution now.Published 14 months ago by Jean Clegg
My mistake was, after my enthusiastic reading of Wolf Hall, to order both Bring up the Bodies and A Place of Greater Safety. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pop Powl
The copy of "A Place of Greater Safety" that I purchased was described as "used", but was much more dog-eared than I had expected. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2013 by David Matthews
Recognizing that it took Mantel a painfully long time to bring this book to publication, I am glad she eventually prevailed. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2012 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
Mantel's dark humor shines through in this marvelous, fully fleshed novel of the French Revolution. From the incredibly seductive Demoulins couple and the forceful Danton to the... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2001 by Clea Simon