A Place of Greater Safety

A Place of Greater Safety

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McMillan Palgrave

It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make their way. Georges-Jacques Danton, an ambitious young lawyer, is energetic, pragmatic, debt-ridden--and hugely but erotically ugly. Maximilien Robespierre, also a lawyer, is slight, diligent, and terrified of violence. His dearest friend, Camille Desmoulins, is a conspirator and pamphleteer of genius. A charming gadfly, erratic and untrustworthy, bisexual and beautiful, Camille is obsessed by one woman and engaged to marry another, her daughter. In the swells of revolution, they each taste the addictive delights of power, and the price that must be paid for it.

Publisher: New York : Picador/Henry Holt and Company, 2006
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312426392
Branch Call Number: F MAN
Characteristics: xvi, 749 p. ; 21 cm


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Nov 05, 2015

It took me some time to read the thin pages of this 750 page novel. Best not to leave too much time between readings as the connection of the supporting characters are easily forgotten. Sometimes it was difficult to exactly know whom Mantel's pronouns were referring to. However, this novel turns the three revolutionaries into real people. Unfortunately, it exposes their follies, weaknesses, their corruptibility along with their lofty ideals. No heroes here, surely. How do the French today look upon these 3 men? Interestingly, the women and the family in the lives of these closely connected men play an important part, a part not evident in the historical accounts. However, the way revolutions go, violence and many deaths always seem to go hand in hand. In France the instigators of the revolution meet the same end as those they had considered unpatriotic, and, then, the accusers of these men also meet the same end. It was sad to see friends pitted against friends and cousin against cousin.

Aug 26, 2012

A novel of the French Revolution focusing on three well known figures: Georges-Jacques Danton, Maximilian Robespierre and Camille Desmoulins who each arrive in Paris to escape the French provinces. In Paris, they have their lives changed by fate. Hilary Mantel writes a fascinating portrait of the period and the people in this gripping story. There are over 700 pages, but the story grabs you from the beginning as you follow the lives of the characters, hoping they will survive. Keep the "Cast of Characters" bookmarked. I referred to it constantly while reading the five part story. The author's style in this book is much more readable than her more recent work, Wolf Hall.

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