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Friday, October 14, 2011

Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund

Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund (reading guide here) is the story of Marie Antionette who, barely a teenager, was sent to the French court and married to the King's grandson. Her role was confusing even to her. She became a fashion icon of France and amused herself in a fairytale village, Petit Trianon. Located within the palace gardens, Marie Antoinette's Village had thatched roofed stone cottages, a dairy farm, a mill, and dovecot. Marie Antoinette liked to dress as a milkmaid and spend time in what was known as the Queen's Hamlet. Even after becoming Queen of France, Marie Antionette indulged herself with gambling and buying clothes and jewelry while the French people struggled to provide food for their families. One of the stories touched upon in the book is the diamond necklace affair which was the plot in the Hillary Swank movie The Affair of the Necklace. The event has been considered as the start of the French Revolution.

7 comments:

djskrimiblog said...

I think my daughter would love this book. And the pictures are wonderful.

Kaye said...

I love the cover on this one!

K9friend said...

A fascinating period of time to read about...but so glad I wasn't around to experience it!

Pat

Diane said...

I enjoy reading about historical places and the people who lived there; I don't think I would want to live at that time either.

Claire said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I recall mention of Marie Antoinette's village on one of our tours in France a few years ago. I also remember seeing the location she was beheaded...

ShantyGirl said...

The books sound amazing, I need to slowdown and read a little I miss curling up with a good book! Hope you are having a wonderful day!!
Sherry

Harvee said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. The French Revolution is fascinating history.