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ISBN13: 9780805052046
ISBN10: 0805052046
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It is 1789, and three young provincials have come to Paris to make their way. Georges-Jacques Danton, an ambitious young lawyer, is energetic, pragmatic, debt-ridden--and hugely but erotically ugly. Maximilien Robespierre, also a lawyer, is slight, diligent, and terrified of violence. His dearest friend, Camille Desmoulins, is a conspirator and pamphleteer of genius. A charming gadfly, erratic and untrustworthy, bisexual and beautiful, Camille is obsessed by one woman and engaged to marry another, her daughter. In the swells of revolution, they each taste the addictive delights of power, and the price that must be paid for it.

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The story of three young provincials of no great heritage who together helped to destroy a way of life and, in the process, destroyed themselves: Camille Desmoulins, bisexual and beautiful, charming, erratic, untrustworthy; Georges Jacques Danton, hugely but erotically ugly, a brilliant pragmatist who knew how to seize power and use it; and Maximilien Robespierre, "the rabid lamb," who would send his dearest friend to the guillotine. Each, none older than thirty-four, would die by the hand of the very revolution he had helped to bring into being.

About the Author

Hilary Mantel's novels "offer lessons in life's contrariness, in the tensions between free will, unfortunate accident, and involuntary behavior" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). She is the author of eight novels and winner of the prestigious Hawthornden Prize for Literature.

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jfm, April 23, 2007 (view all comments by jfm)
'A Place of Greater Safety' is an excellent book, a novelization of the events around 3 central figures of the French Revolution. The book gives a great insight into the characters of these men, their close associates, and their times. The balanced take shows all of these figures -- their good and bad -- as people with depth, rather than the cardboard cutouts they become all too often in history books.

While not graphic, the book does take a more-than-frank look at all aspects of their lives -- definitely some mature themes involved.

All in all it's a wonderful book for learning and thinking a lot more deeply about a turning point in world history from a very human perspective.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805052046
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Mantel, Hilary
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
War
Subject:
France
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Edition Number:
1st Owl Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20061114
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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The story of three young provincials of no great heritage who together helped to destroy a way of life and, in the process, destroyed themselves: Camille Desmoulins, bisexual and beautiful, charming, erratic, untrustworthy; Georges Jacques Danton, hugely but erotically ugly, a brilliant pragmatist who knew how to seize power and use it; and Maximilien Robespierre, "the rabid lamb," who would send his dearest friend to the guillotine. Each, none older than thirty-four, would die by the hand of the very revolution he had helped to bring into being.

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