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Versailles Relié – 11 novembre 2009


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Versailles revisité. Versailles comme vous ne l'avez jamais vu. Les photographies de Robert Polidori invitent à une promenade hors des sentiers battus dans le palais du Roi-Soleil pourtant si souvent représenté. S'il donne à admirer les sculptures du très célèbre Parterre d'eau, c'est par un petit matin de givre où les allégories des fleuves sont magnifiées. S'il montre l'éternelle galerie des Glaces, c'est baignée de mille feux comme elle pouvait l'être au XVIIe siècle. Puis la visite se poursuit dans des lieux plus inhabituels, vus sous un angle singulier : les Petites Écuries peuplées par les moulages de l'École des beaux-arts, la pureté de la pierre des divers corridors de l'Opéra ou bien encore les voûtes de l'Orangerie occupées par les palmiers en plein hiver. Une autre façon de voir Versailles, plus poétique, accompagnée des textes de Jean-Marie Pérouse de Montclos, spécialiste de l'histoire de l'architecture, qui permettent de mieux saisir l'évolution de ce symbole de l'art français. --Nathalie Vorimore --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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Cet ouvrage arrache " Versailles ", trop divulgué, à ses propres reflets, à sa trompeuse immobilité. Nous avons emprunté des corridors secrets, les confins, les caves, où le palais montre un autre visage. Nous avons exploré le parc où, selon les saisons, sous le lierre ou le givre, sommeille parfois une nymphe oubliée des hommes et des dieux. Parce qu'on visite la Galerie des Glaces, faudrait-il ignorer les Grandes et les Petites Écuries ? Il suffit parfois de varier l'angle ou la lueur pour réapprendre le charme effacé d'un lieu auquel son renom a nui. Ce " Versailles " est le résultat d'une double méditation, d'un dialogue entre la passion d'un historien et la liberté d'un photographe. C'est pourquoi l'image et le texte se répondent selon des itinéraires qui se croisent.

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HASH(0x92aff324) étoiles sur 5 A strange but poetic experience 23 décembre 2002
Par Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
It all depends, I suppose, on what you're looking for in a historical novel. If you are seeking a sprawling epic that follows a famous personage from birth to death and all points between, like the books of Margaret George or Jean Plaidy, you will be disappointed with _Versailles_. Kathryn Davis's novel about Marie Antoinette will seem episodic, disjointed, and inaccurate. Due to Davis's penchant for writing disconnected scenes, rather than a flowing narrative, parts of this book make no sense unless you're armed with a great deal of knowledge about the period. For example, the Dauphin's death is mentioned, and then a little while later, people are talking about the Dauphin again, who seems to have come back from the grave. In fact, the second Dauphin was born before the first one's death, but the younger prince's birth is never mentioned in the book--or even his name. If you didn't already know about him, that part would be quite confusing. And there are errors as well--the Tuileries was not burned to the ground, as Davis attests. Napoleon lived in it, for pete's sake. Personally, I'm a big fan of the sort of historical novel that depicts a time period in as much detail as a nonfiction book would, but using the fictional form to infuse emotion and drama into the events.
But this is another sort of book entirely. Once I got over wishing this was a Margaret George book (pick on me if you will, I don't care), I began to enjoy _Versailles_ for what it is: a poetic, experimental novella. Davis uses a series of scenes, tableaux maybe, to show us Antoinette's story. Some are in first-person prose, some in third-person prose, some in the form of a play script, some in poetry. There is even a scene based on a painting that has a certain gruesome connection to the Bourbon rulers. All of the scenes are strung together quite loosely, so that if you don't know anything about the period, you'll be lost. But if you do know some of the history, the scenes do add some color to it. Early in the book, they are funny, saucy, and irreverent. The end of the book, fittingly, takes a somber and haunting tone; I was especially moved by Antoinette's time in prison, her death, and her existence as something other than herself after that. The last sentence of the book is a stunner--I won't give it away.
This book is pretty good, if you think of it as a sort of prose poem about Antoinette rather than a narrative, and if you already know much of her history. Or maybe if you just want to read evocative, beautiful prose.
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HASH(0x92aff378) étoiles sur 5 NEWEST EDITION BETTER BOUND!!!! 11 août 2004
Par Breila of Caer Rhudd Glain - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Five stars PLUS! I have a new edition and it is very well bound - no need to worry about it falling apart! If you've ever been to Versailles this book will mist you up! If you're planning a return trip this book will be your bible... It is amazing how inexpensive this book is when you consider the spectacular colour photos.
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HASH(0x92aff7b0) étoiles sur 5 Not for Everyone But Still Enjoyable 18 mars 2004
Par FictionAddiction.NET - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Marie Antoinette.
Hers is a life full of rumor and scandal, passion and extravagance. The true details of which may never be fully understood, outside of the fact that it assisted in spurring on the French Revolution.
In Versailles, Marie takes a posthumous journey through her own life in all its glorious disarray. From the time she first traveled to become the dauphin's bride, through the almost desperate attempts at creating an heir to the throne that had been thrust upon the unprepared couple and along the corridors of time to the their fateful end. An inevitable finale to the life of one despised by the court and ignorant to the people's most pressing needs.
Marie's world revolved only in the direction she chose, and if it was the wrong direction, she wasn't completely unaware of that, but rather unconcerned by it. She had not invited the turns her life had taken, but was in no position to do other than embrace them the best she knew how...never realizing she would be opening the door to such a dark future.
While Marie may have seemed crass to those living outside of her immediate existence, she was not completely unfeeling. She had the ability to hurt emotionally, but may not have appreciated that aspect of herself until it was too late. Much too late.
Versailles is not a historical account of Marie Antoinette's life. Neither is it a systematic fictional story. Instead, it is an abstract piece of literary art gracefully entwining her own retrospective autobiographical-like musings with the structural beauty that is Versailles. It is not a tome everyone will necessarily enjoy, but most will appreciate its poetic inclinations. Kathryn Davis has brought an entirely unique perspective to an age-old story.
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HASH(0x92affb7c) étoiles sur 5 A stunning novel 30 octobre 2002
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
A friend recommended Versailles, and though I don't usually like historical fiction, I couldn't put this novel down. The writing is poetic and addictive, and Marie Antoinette really comes alive here as a humorous but tragic-- and utterly appealing-- figure. An exploration of everything from royalty to architecture to the soul, this book dazzles and provokes its reader. The language Davis uses is at once precise and ornate and surprising. I plan to read Kathryn Davis' other books next!
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HASH(0x92aff90c) étoiles sur 5 Novel novel 30 octobre 2002
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I would read Kathryn Davis' grocery list, if she let me. Versailles is yet another brilliant effort, one that I will savor and buy as a gift for many people. She manages to get into the head of Marie Antoinette, in a way no one else- historian (THIS IS NOT A WORK OF HISTORY, anyway) nor novelist. I felt like I was actually there, in the palace, seeing the grounds abd breathing in the air. Davis has a magic touch, and it is all over this gem of a book!
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