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Abundance (2006)

por Sena Jeter Naslund

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Marie Antoinette was a child of 14 when her mother, Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family, her country, and her home to become the wife of 15-year-old Dauphin, the future King Louis XVI of France. Far from home and thrust into the role of wife, and queen, Marie Antoinette lived a brief--but astounding--life. Naslund reveals a Marie Antoinette who rebelled against the formality and rigid protocol of the court; an outsider who became the target of a revolution that ultimately decided her fate. Naslund has created a portrait of a woman very different from the figure we think we know.… (más)
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This extremely thorough but fictionalized account of the life of Marie Antoinette was just ok for me.
The dialogue felt dry and the pace was too slow.
Also some of the internal dialogue was just odd. The entire birth scene of Madam Royale is just ludicrous.
I've had natural childbirth. It's not at all dreamy. It's painful and hardwork.
I'd definitely read another book by this author. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
I LOVED this book. Marie Antoinette's story as the ultimate scapegoat is an unbelievably sad one. I like to think this book captures her spirit, and the bewilderment she must have felt as everything came violently crashing down around her. Imagine how afraid she must have been for her children! That too, comes through.
The novel is well written, and the events of her life flow along without confusing the reader. I finished reading it last night and it is still with me this morning. It is for this reason I give it 5 stars. ( )
  a1stitcher | Jun 22, 2019 |
This was truly enjoyable book. The edition I read contained information about the author's research sources and an interview with her as well. The first person perpective from the experience of Marie Antoinette was very humanizing. The style and description of the surroundings, especially the works of art was so pleasant - I cannot understand what a previous reviewer found so appalling. The contrast between the Queen's professed love for the people and desire to be kind to them is quite in contrast to her seemingly utter lack of understanding that she herself is the source of many of the financial woes that beset the nation, yet she remains a sympathetic character. A worthy read! ( )
  MaureenCean | Feb 2, 2016 |
When I set out to read a book about Marie Antoinette, I expect one of two things - either a sordid tale of debauchery and excess or a twisting tale of court politics, a game of intrigue where royalty and their retainers play and plot for high stakes.

This book shocked me to my core because it is neither of these two things. Quite frankly, why else would anyone read about royalty?

The author seems to think I would pick up a book about the most notorious queen of France because I want to be bored stiff by wide-eyed descriptions of court finery and witness the tragic downfall of a complete innocent. Marie Antoinette is portrayed in this novel as dullard and a simpleton. She's not interested in politics or reading, she simply floats through this book's many chapters behaving foolishly while all the grisly details of the French revolution go rather unmentioned until the end. Marie doesn't care about politics so we're not told about what's going on. Instead we get page after page of her exceedingly dull inner life and her positively inane thoughts.

Apparently, Marie Antoinette is completely misunderstood. All she ever wanted to do was help the people of France. She is innocent of everything. Well even if it's true, who cares? The entirety of the book is saccharine in the extreme. You'll rot your teeth listening to the idiotic but well-meaning patter of this useless protagonist. ( )
  Juva | Mar 21, 2015 |
I did not like this book when I read it, but came to truly appreciate it after book club discussion!!!! Written in the first-person and such that the reader (namely ME) becomes frustrated with Marie's ignorance of the plight of her adopted countrymen and her willful (selfish?) intention to not wisen up to what is happening within her husband's kingdom. THEN, came to understand the ingeniousness of the author's use of first person!! This is the best use of first-person I've read - to get into the mind of this shallow woman! Initally a 2-star review, changed to 4-star because of the meaningful use of first-person. ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
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Marie Antoinette was a child of 14 when her mother, Empress of Austria, arranged for her to leave her family, her country, and her home to become the wife of 15-year-old Dauphin, the future King Louis XVI of France. Far from home and thrust into the role of wife, and queen, Marie Antoinette lived a brief--but astounding--life. Naslund reveals a Marie Antoinette who rebelled against the formality and rigid protocol of the court; an outsider who became the target of a revolution that ultimately decided her fate. Naslund has created a portrait of a woman very different from the figure we think we know.

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