Saturday, January 17, 2009

Strictly from an avid reader point of view as opposed to a literature critic, I found the book completely engaging. The author built an intricate story of possibilities of character around several accurate historical facts. She absorbed me completely into the story and changed my perspective on Marie Antionette's absolute abandonment to a hedonistic life. Her character matured through the years as life began to give her experiences other than pleasure -- child birth, death of a child, hatred of the populace, and finally death by the guilloutine, where her last sights and sounds were of the madden mob shouting in victory and glee over her beheading. Naslund has an amazingly way with detail resulting in a very rich read.