Farewell, My Queen: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 10, 2012 - Fiction - 256 pages
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July 1789: at the eve of the revolution, occupants of Versailles live in a miniature universe, unconcerned by the increasing turmoil in Paris. But with the shocking news that someone has woken the King in the night, order begins to disintegrate and word of the fall of the Bastille seeps into court.

Madame Agathe-Sidonie Laborde, the devoted reader for Marie Antoinette, refuses to leave her queen’s side. She watches as the Queen’s attempts to flee are aborted; her most intimate friend betrays her; and the King, appearing to sleepwalk through this crisis, never alters his routine of visiting the Apollo Salon several times a day to consult a giant crystal thermometer. From the tiniest garret to the Hall of Mirrors, where Marie Antoinette stands alone and terrified in the dark, Chantal Thomas creates an intimate portrait of the woman who, like “fire in motion,” was at the center of a world on the edge of oblivion.
 

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User Review  - jasonlf - LibraryThing

Farewell My Queen has some great writing, some great scenes, some great impressions, but much of it is dull and uneven. It recounts, almost hour-by-hour, Versailles on July 14th-16th 1789. The first ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A former reader to Marie-Antoinette recalls July 1789, in an edifying and masterly first novel, winner of the Prix Femina.Living in Vienna in 1810, elderly Agathe-Sidonie Laborde recounts her gossamer ... Read full review

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Chantal Thomas is a researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. She is the author of "Marquis de Sade: L'Oeil de la lettre" (1978) and "Casanova: Un Voyage libertin" (1985).

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