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The priest knew this, of course; knew that unwilling relatives doled out a pittance for what the scholarship did not provide, so that the boy must always be acutely conscious of his social standing. It was only an act of faith – I came to it direct from the spellbinding Wolf Hall – which kept me going. I first tried to read A Place of Greater Safety in the mid-1990s, only a few years after it was published. How something so horrific could possibly happen is shown through full characterizations and likely scenarios that don't stray from the historical record, though we don't get (or need) all the details. Capturing the violence, tragedy, history, and drama of the French Revolution, this novel focuses on the families and loves of three men who led the Revolution--Danton, the charismatic leader and orator; Robespierre, the cold rationalist; and Desmoulins, the rabble-rouser.

After a half-hearted engagement to Lucile Desmoulins’ sister (which may be Mantel’s invention), his main relationship is with a carpenter’s daughter, Eléonore Duplay. What a bummer when you pick a big long novel and it turns out to be the pain in the arse this one did - not so bad that I could apply the 100 page rule but not so good that I actually wanted to pick the thing up and read the words in it.It concerns the events of the French Revolution, focusing on the lives of Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, and Maximilien Robespierre from their childhood through the execution of the Dantonists, and also featuring hundreds of other historical figures. She cleverly deals with conversations and brings wit and ridicule into events , especially when dealing with the brilliant and eccentric Camille. I was impressed at the influence the women seemed to have on the story and the respect they were given as wives of the key figures – very different to women in England at the time.

I think it is a pity that we bring on your talents, then say to you"--the priest held his palm up--"this far, but no further. Lucile Desmoulins, who approaches various people in Paris in an attempt to rescue her husband, is guillotined shortly afterwards.The New York Times praised Mantel, but not the book, wondering if "more novel and less history might not better suit this author's unmistakable talent.

Many are put off by the size of this book, however if you think of it as 3 normal sized novels about three people who knew each other as friends, -- which are all woven together into one, you will see it's not long at all.I found it hard to get my groundings with the book and the story in the beginning – I was waiting for the main event, the Revolution. To be sure," he said, "it would be a pity to let your clever little boy come to nothing for the want of a little cash. The Sea Green Incorruptible clung tenaciously to the bitter end to his purity of belief, whilst the larger than life Danton, less wedded to his principles and consequently far more of a pragmatist, was not above seizing the opportunity to enrich himself. I dreamt of a republic which all the world would have adored; I could never have believed that men could be so ferocious and so unjust.

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