The world knows Madame
Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . but who was this woman who
became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages,
her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran
can tell it.
The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.
and ambitious, Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting
by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon
de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador, Thomas
Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum
provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, and
even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, yet her
greatest dream is to attract the attention of Marie Antoinette and Louis
XVI; their stamp of approval on her work could catapult her and her
museum to the fame and riches she desires. After months of anticipation,
Marie learns that the royal family is willing to come and see their
likenesses. When they finally arrive, the king's sister is so impressed
that she requests Marie's presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax
sculpting. It is a request Marie knows she cannot refuse--even if it
means time away
from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend, Henri Charles.
Marie gets to know her pupil, Princesse Elisabeth, she also becomes
acquainted with the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous
life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she's ever
seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded,
Marie steps into a world entirely different from her home on the
Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to
put food on the table.
Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation
between rich and poor. In salons and cafes across Paris, people like
Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are
lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there's whispered talk of
revolution. . . . Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her
life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil
war? And more important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of
powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of
beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?
Spanning five years,
from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, "Madame Tussaud
"brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax
modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Paperback, 605 pages
from personal library
Here is a book where I didn't like the cover, neither of them, more so after I read the book because I just don't feel that either of the covers matches the picture I have in my head of Marie Tussaud
Again another audio for me, and again a wonderful reader. Felt like Marie was sitting there telling me the story herself.
The only reason I really even read this book was because it was by Michelle Moran. I loved Nefertiti and Cleopatra's Daughter and even though I love HF, the French Revolution doesn't interest me, well at least it didn't. Now I am interested and will be reading more. The author has a wonderful way of portraying life in those times, she has done a lot of research into her subject and it shows. Michelle has a writing style that is easy to follow while learning history at the same time. Her words flow so smoothly that it was hard to put down at times.