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Marie Antoinette: The Journey

By Lady Antonia Fraser

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Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 November 2002
The national bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wives of Henry VIII.France s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous Let them eat cake, was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. Antonia Fraser s lavish and engaging portrait of Marie Antoinette, one of the most recognizable women in European history, excites compassion and regard for all aspects of her subject, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, buaimedt also in the unraveling of an era."

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Antonia Fraser is the author of many internationally bestselling historical works, including Love and Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola, The Wives of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot, and Perilous Question: Reform or Revolution? Britain on the Brink, 1832. She is also the author of Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter. She has received the Wolfson Prize for History, the 2000 Norton Medlicott Medal of Britain's Historical Association, and the Franco-British Society's Enid McLeod Literary Prize. She was made a Dame of the British Empire for services to Literature in 2011

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"Fascinating . . . the court at Versailles comes alive." -The Washington Post"Colorful, fluently narrated. . . . A touching, psychologically believable portrait." -The Wall Street Journal "Absorbing as ever. Fraser's blend of insight and research persuade us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received." -The New Yorker Fascinating . . . the court at Versailles comes alive. The Washington Post Colorful, fluently narrated. . . . A touching, psychologically believable portrait. The Wall Street Journal Absorbing as ever. Fraser s blend of insight and research persuade us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received. The New Yorker" " Fascinating . . . the court at Versailles comes alive." - "The Washington Post"" Colorful, fluently narrated. . . . A touching, psychologically believable portrait." - "The Wall Street Journal" " Absorbing as ever. Fraser's blend of insight and research persuade us that this unfortunate queen deserves neither the vilification nor the idealization she has received." - "The New Yorker"

EAN: 9780385489492
ISBN: 0385489498
Publisher: Anchor Books
Dimensions: 20.73 x 13.11 x 3.02 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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I've read more than my fair share of novels on Marie Antoinette, and so far this one has to be my favourite. Not only is this book quite descriptive and provides quite a bit of anecdotes about her life. I enjoyed the way the chapters were titled after conversations between people or pamphlets. The photographic pages enclosed within the book were also appreciated.

Although I'm not a fan of the movie that was based off this book (though I do adore the costuming), I can definitely see how Sofia Coppola based it off Antonia Fraser. Certain scenes were lifted directly from the pages, and so I appreciated being able to see the history from these pages played out on the screen. If I were to go back and watch the movie, I think I may have a further appreciation for Coppola's work.

This book is a very easy read, and I found myself completing it in just a handful of days. Although I do think that the epilogue could have been cut by a third, this is a minor complaint in an otherwise very good novel. Fraser definitely made Marie Antoinette a much more human character than other novelists have done in the past. What needs to be remembered is that Marie Antoinette was just a young girl when she was made Dauphine, and still had her girlish characteristics and was untrained to become queen at such a young age. She was ultimately caught between a rock and a hard place, and Fraser made this realisation clear. I learnt a lot from this novel that I didn't know, and put a new spin on what I did know. Very enjoyable.

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