9.24.2005

Review: The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette



The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson

This book appealed to me since I so enjoyed the somewhat similar books of Philippa Gregory - taking a true historic figure and infusing fiction into their lives while remaining true to what is known about their lives.

This novel casts Marie Antoinette into a much more sympathetic light - no talk of cake or her hatred of the lower classes - while remaining true (at least, what I know of it) to her life. This book, written entirely in diary entries which makes it easy to read, explores her beginnings in the French court, her pathetic excuse for a husband, her lover, her struggles with the uprisings in France and her ultimate demise.

Well crafted, well written and interesting, this quick read really made me want to give the historic figure of Marie Antoinette another chance...

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