Genre anglais : Historical

Madame Tussaud: a Novel of the French Revolution

Madame TussaudMichelle Moran

What an incredible novel about Madame Tussaud, who was a wax-modeler during the French Revolution. Through her personal story, we see how it was for commoners, especially for strangers. Madame Tussaud’s real name is Marie Grosholtz and her family is from Switzerland.

I think the reason why this novel is so wonderful is that we see the world of wax, clay, calipers and the universe of modeling, and at the same time, we have the anarchy of the French Revolution with Robespierre, Camille Desmoulins and other revolutionnaries. Highly recommended.

Burning Bright

burningbrightTracy Chevalier

Historical novel set in 1792 that recounts the migration of the Kellaway family who leave Dorsetshire to come make a living in London. The family is neighbour to the poet and artist William Blake who will leave a lasting impression on the children as they come of age and discover the perils of adulthood and life in the big city. A gentle love story unfolds between Jem Kellaway and a street-smart girl named Maggie. Very enjoyable read that makes one want to learn more about William Blake.