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A Place of Greater Safety par [Mantel, Hilary]
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As 19th-century novelists Alexandre Dumas and Charles Dickens both discovered, the French Revolution makes for great drama. This lesson has not been lost on Hilary Mantel, whose A Place of Greater Safety brings a 20th-century sensibility to the stirring events of 1789. Mantel's approach is nothing if not ambitious: her three main characters, Georges-Jacques Danton, Maximilien Robespierre, and Camille Desmoulins, happen to have been major players in the early days of the revolution--men whose mix of ambition, idealism, and ego helped unleash the Terror and brought them eventually to their own tragic ends. As Mantel points out in her forward, none of these men was famous before the revolution; thus not a great deal is known about their early lives. What would constrain the biographer, however, is an open invitation to the fiction writer to let the imagination run wild; thus Mantel freely extrapolates from what is known of her protagonists' personalities and relationships with each other to construct their pasts.

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

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"History is fiction," Robespierre observes at one point during British writer Mantel's monumental fictive account of the French Revolution, her first work to appear in this country. In her hands, it is a spellbinding read. Mantel recounts the events between the fall of the ancien regime and the peak of the Terror as seen through the eyes of the three protagonists--Robespierre, Danton and Desmoulins--and a huge cast of supporting characters (including brief appearances by the scrofulous Marat). The three revolutionaries, longtime acquaintances, spend their days scheming and fighting for a corruption-free French Republic, but their definitions of "corrupt" are as different as the men themselves. Robespierre is the fulcrum. Rigidly puritanical, he is able to strike terror into the most stalwart of hearts, and his implacable progress towards his goal makes him the most formidable figure of the age. As the lusty, likable and ultimately more democratic Danton observes, it is impossible to hurt anyone who enjoys nothing. The feckless, charming Camille Desmoulins, loved by all but respected by few, dances between the two, writing incendiary articles to keep the flames of revolt alive. Mantel makes use of diaries, letters, transcripts and her own creative imagination to create vivid portraits of the three men, their families, friends and the character of their everyday lives. Her gift is such that we hang on to every word, following bewildering arguments and Byzantine subplots with eager anticipation. This is historical fiction of the first order. History Book Club, QPB and BOMC alternates.
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3036 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 768 pages
  • Editeur : Harper Perennial (12 novembre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002ZP8KNC
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I found this book difficult to get into at first, but then I fell in love with it. I read it once and then read it a second time. I have always been interested in the background of the French Revolution and found the characters and background in this book absolutely fascinating. It is really well researched and well written.
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Les recherches sont très bien, les personnage sont croyable, le mise en scène est très bon. L’écriture est merveilleux , toutes sont bon donc un livre exceptionnelle.
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Hilary Mantel évoque plus qu'elle ne décrit. Etude psychologique, documentaire, roman historique, pièce de théâtre: un grand sens du drame et de la comédie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow. Wow. Wow. 15 mai 2017
Par M. A. Harper - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Superb. I read it, finished, then immediately went to the beginning and read it all the way through a second time. Mantel has a unique gift for historical fiction. She just dumps you right there in the past, amid characters going about the trivia of their daily lives with little notion of how much of it will eventually become "history". I have no idea how she does it. Maybe she's psychic. I do know she's witty. And unsentimental enough to allow love of all kinds--spoken and unspoken--to come through without announcement. She doesn't tell a reader what to think; she just serves it up. There are no heroes or villains, merely ultra-plausible humans flailing around in unintended traps of their own making. Some of them are brilliant, some aren't, and even the few who aren't self-interested are interested in their own selflessness. The occasional moment of redemption comes--not always recognized--then immediately flickers out. What can I say? This is life. C'est la vie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It culminates in the shocking betrayal of a lifelongfriendship and makes increasingly painful reading as Mantel develops the nar 14 décembre 2014
Par ann mcdonald - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an extraordinary book which explores the personalities, and relationships behind the major players in the French Revolution and the Terror which followed it.
Mantel has fleshed out the famous names - Danton, Robespierre and Camille Demoullins- along with their families. We get to see their actions and decisions, which seem so shocking in hindsight, but which seem understandable when shown in the context of the time. The amazingly radical ideas of " liberte, egalite et fraternite" which inspired the overthrow of the monarchical system; the introduction of the guillotine which provided such an effective, clean and painless solution to getting rid of your opponents; the difficulties in arriving at a system of Republican government when all you have known is a monarchy and when everybody's ideas and interests are in conflict.
Most of all, the novel is about the personal lives of the leaders of the revolution. The heady days of the1789 revolution are followed by the gradual realisation that there is no way out you cant just retire to a quiet life and leave it all behind.It culminates in the shocking betrayal of a lifelongfriendship and makes increasingly painful reading as Mantel develops the narrative towards the horrifying and inescapable ending.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Place of Greater Safety - brilliant 1 juin 2016
Par QueenD - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Another brilliant book by an extraordinary writer, who, in my opinion, is the modern-day Dickens. I must admit it took two tries to read this book, as I was somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of characters and their names, but after the second try, I was very glad I did read it. It covers the period leading up to the French Revolution and the first proponents of making France a Republic. The female characters play very important roles
in this story, and the author has captured the resonance of this period that changed the course of history, the friendship from childhood of the main characters, and the ultimate betrayal that started events that could not be stopped. It's a long book, but so beautifully written, it's well worth reading.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful complexity. 29 septembre 2013
Par Leslie A. Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Reading this book made me feel like a tadpole. I swam easily through the beautiful Mantel prose- overhearing conversations that real people would have had with each other, but who are they? Like a tadpole I kept bumping into so similar characters. Who is this? Did I meet him or her before? Is this the same person as that with a different name and who am I- just another tadpole?
Conclusion: make a note of each character's names and relationships if you want to keep up, or just enjoy the swim.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written and very human telling of the lives of Robespierre, Demouslin, and Danton. Read it if you dare! 27 juin 2017
Par Isaac - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Execellent! I am a picky reader. I do not believe in wasting precious hours of my time reading something that was poorly written. Thus, I am delighted to say (or rather write) that this book is excellent. It is a brilliant telling of the intertwined lives of Robespiere, Camille Demouslin, and Danton. The author manages to humanize the three men while also laying naked the often brutal and amoral nature of their actions.

The true reason to read this novel, though, is for the author's inventive style of word-smithery and story telling. She has a craftman's ear for word tone and a architect's eye for narrative structure.

To all those interested in the French Revolution and the people who lived (and died) through it, this is a must read.
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