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by Hilary Mantel

  • ISBN: 0140171037
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Hilary Mantel
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam~trade (July 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 896 pages
  • FB2 size: 1331 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
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A Place of Greater Safety is a 1992 novel by Hilary Mantel. It concerns the events of the French Revolution, focusing on the lives of Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, and Maximilien Robespierre from their childhood through the execution of the Dantonists, and also featuring hundreds of other historical figures. Mantel explains that, where possible, she used the historical figures' own words, from their speeches or writings. A Place of Greater Safety won the Sunday Express Book of the Year award.

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Hilary Mantel is the author of nine previous novels, including A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. She lives in England. MoreLess Show More Show Less. Books by Hilary Mantel

Also, whenever possible the real words that have been recorded and passed down to us are used for the individual characters.

Also, whenever possible the real words that have been recorded and passed down to us are used for the individual characters. Thus, we have a very interesting read here, one where we can see the problems of France increasing, as it lacks funds and the way the country is run is chaotic. With the Third Estate called to meet so we see the thoughts and ideas of revolution starting to be discussed as many have ideas of how they see how France can be changed.

Hilary Mantel was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, England on July 6, 1952. She has written numerous books including Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, A Place of Greater Safety, A Change of Climate, The Giant, O'Brien, Giving up the Ghost: A Memoir, and Beyond Black. She studied law at the London School of Economics and Sheffield University. She has won several awards for her work including the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, the Cheltenham Prize and the Southern Arts Literature Prize for Fludd; the 1996 Hawthornden Prize for An Experiment in Love, the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Wolf Hall, and the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Bring up the Bodies.

Paris in 1789 is a city of food queues and riots. This book looks at the French Revolution through the experiences of George-Jacques Danton, a lawyer determined to make a name for himself and Maximilien Robespierre, a lawyer terrified of violence. Winner of the 1992 "Sunday Express" Award.
Reviews about A Place of Greater Safety (7):
Superb. I read it, finished, then immediately went to the beginning and read it all the way through a second time. Mantel has a unique gift for historical fiction. She just dumps you right there in the past, amid characters going about the trivia of their daily lives with little notion of how much of it will eventually become "history". I have no idea how she does it. Maybe she's psychic. I do know she's witty. And unsentimental enough to allow love of all kinds--spoken and unspoken--to come through without announcement. She doesn't tell a reader what to think; she just serves it up. There are no heroes or villains, merely ultra-plausible humans flailing around in unintended traps of their own making. Some of them are brilliant, some aren't, and even the few who aren't self-interested are interested in their own selflessness. The occasional moment of redemption comes--not always recognized--then immediately flickers out. What can I say? This is life. C'est la vie.
Another brilliant book by an extraordinary writer, who, in my opinion, is the modern-day Dickens. I must admit it took two tries to read this book, as I was somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of characters and their names, but after the second try, I was very glad I did read it. It covers the period leading up to the French Revolution and the first proponents of making France a Republic. The female characters play very important roles
in this story, and the author has captured the resonance of this period that changed the course of history, the friendship from childhood of the main characters, and the ultimate betrayal that started events that could not be stopped. It's a long book, but so beautifully written, it's well worth reading.
It took quite a while and another two historical novels before Hilary Mantel was recognized as one of the greatest living writers in the English language. Anyone who was blown away by the two Richard Cromwell novels (to date: we're now anticipating the final volume) should read A Place of Greater Safety. At the moment I think it's her best novel, but then I've been submerged in her Revolution for the past week. Submerged is the right word--the thing just takes you over and rolls you along.. Unless, of course, it simply bores you : it's rigorously historical, based whenever possible on primary sources. That makes it all the more stunning if you're the other, unbored kind of reader.

All Mantel's novels and stories are very much worth reading. She has an extraordinary range of concerns--and of genres, from the thriller to the Gothic to the historical novels that have finally made her famous. This novel centers on three key figures, has hundreds of historical characters, brings to life and passionate immediacy the birth and death of the Republic that invented modern politics in the western world. The big three--Danton, Robespierre and Desmoulins-- are fully realized, continually changing, fascinating characters.. The writing is colloquial, modern (no archaisms or even French-sounding locutions) and so immediately present that it's eerie to reflect that you know what comes next, you know exactly where it's going. And finally, it's a master stroke to have made Camille Desmoulins so credibly the ideological and erotic connection binding the three protagonists together. Mantel writes charisma perfectly. I should mention too that the women loom large, especially Lucile Desmoulins, and that Mantel's narrative is rich with interrelations, personal as well as political.
Let me be clear: I believe Hilary Mantel is one of the best historical fiction writers alive. Her writing in Wolf Hall and in Bring Up the Bodies is stratospherically excellent -- truly incomparable. In A Place of Greater Safety, however, she is not at her best. Clearly she possesses a wealth of knowledge about the French Revolution, but this book was poorly organized and somewhat disjointed. The story line and the background are often difficult to follow, and in the end it's still difficult to sort through the information in order to arrive at any sensible conclusion about how and why things came out the way they did. This book reminded me of a first or (more generously but perhaps less accurately) a second draft. It needs editing. It needs clarification. Nevertheless, it also contains huge amounts of information and nearly all of it was new to me. Did I learn anything from it? Oh, yes. I learned a lot from this book. I recommend it only to serious readers of historical fiction.
This is a difficult book to rate. For an aficionado of the French Revolution, this novel is a must-read. It truly brings to life, in great detail, the personalities behind the Revolution -- Robespierre, Danton and of course Camille Desmoulins. It is exceptionally well-written, with a superb narrative style and a strong command of vocabulary. But I feel you need to have a good knowledge of the French Revolution to get the most out of this well-researched novel. For an amateur historian like myself, with only an average knowledge of the Revolution, there are more engaging historical novels available. I am glad that I read this novel and I learned a lot from it.

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