(I've not finished reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens).
|William Wordsworth 1770-1850|
- Annette was not apart of the first or second estates, she was apart of the third estate. Being apart of the third estate Annette was more identifiable with the people of France. I consider her in what would be called upper middle class, but of all the books I've read thus far of the French Revolution she is a character that was closest to the everyday people because she had more contact with them.
- Annette' character was an introspective person. She was a keen observer. She had a quiet strength. She was brave, daring and bold in helping others. She was self-sacrificing, firm of purpose, devoted, committed, loyal. I consider her a heroine.
- Annette and William's affair was not a tryst, or casual agreement of sex. It was an epic love that continues on in his poetry.
- I needed a box of Kleenex near me while reading the book----the story affected me emotionally (a rarity).
- This novel is written by a man from the perspective and about a woman. He did a splendid job!
- This is a work of fiction, history knows little about Annette Vallon. There were a couple of letters found that she'd written that gave indications of their love affair. Other information has also been found about their relationship and about her work during the Revolution. The author did take liberties in writing this historical fiction story. I knew when I began the novel that it was a work of fiction, based on a scant amount of fact. Other reviewers may find such a scant amount of information unreliable and the authors liberty in writing this novel inappropriate. Remember it is a work of fiction.
Published by Harper Collins Paperback in 2008, Hardcover 2007
Historical Fiction/French Revolution/ Paris/France/September in Paris Reading Challenge 2012/18th Century/Royalty/William Wordsworth/Romantic Period of Poetry/Romance
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|Book #7 in September in Paris Reading Challenge 2012|