Saturday, May 15, 2010

Marie Antoinette THE LAST QUEEN of FRANCE; A Book Review

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a part of a Royal Family with a life full of luxury and exclusivity? But have you ever thought that some Royal blood would trade their life just to be a commoner.

Such is the life of “Marie Antoinette THE LAST QUEEN OF FRANCE” a well researched book written by Evelyne Lever.

Coming from the east I only know Marie Antoinette as the frivolous last queen of France who had a tragic death on the guillotine and nothing more. But after reading this book I gain so much respect to a Queen misunderstood. A Queen who went to the extent creating her own fairy tale in the corners of her Petit Trianon where she disguised herself as a commoner. A Queen who wants to get away with palace intrigues and abhors royal etiquette and formality. A Queen who only wanted to have a simple life but somehow ended up with fabulous expensive frocks and eccentric hairdo just to escape her own reality.

What I admire about is the author’s extensive research and putting it all together to let readers know the real Marie Antoinette. Readers will have the chance to understand the complexity of becoming Royalty and the responsibility one carries. Life in a grand palace like Versailles with its world known Hall of Mirrors might be grand on the outside but are the people living in it at that time really content and happy with their lives? This is where the pages will take you into the real lives of the last French Royal Family.

I will end this book review with the author’s last word:

“Today the last Queen of France is no longer considered one of history’s great criminals. Instead, she tends to arouse interest and compassion. After her death on the scaffold, Marie Antoinette entered the world of legend and became a mythic figure. We seek to penetrate the secrets of her romantic and tragic life. Though repeatedly and tirelessly put on trial, this sentimental and frivolous princess, who was completely unprepared for her heroic fate, knew better than any other sovereign how to bring to perfection the aristocratic art of living of prerevolutionary France.”

I give this book a four out of five stars.


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