Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

This is a fascinating story of the French Revolution.  Marie Tussaud learned the art of sculpting wax model from her uncle in their Salon de Crie in Paris.  Together they made their Salon one of the most popular sights in Paris by always showing current ‘newsmakers’ in their tableaux of wax. 

Having affiliations on both sides of the revolution, Marie has to walk a fine line to prove her patriotism.   She becomes a tutor to the King’s sister, yet some of the most important revolutionaries meet to discuss plans in her home. 

The details of the book are extraordinary, from the fashion of Marie Antoinette to the details of wax modeling, to the staggering gruesomeness of the guillotine.  Ms. Moran’s writing is incredibly readable. I loved it!

4 Stars (Rated R – for the horrific details of the Revolution) 

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