Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran is not only the story Marie Tussaud but the story of the French Revolution. It was a refreshing change of scenery to have the story told through the voice of someone other than a member of the royal family. In this case, it was interesting to read about someone who was close to Robespierre, Marat, etc., and to see the Revolution from the ‘citizens’ perspectives. She was a very ambitious young lady and quite torn between her friendship with the royals and the revolutionaries. She must have also been exceptionally strong – I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to make the death masks, particularly those of Louis and Marie Antoinette.
What an exceptional talent Michelle Moran has. The way she is able to bring historical figures to life and skilfully tell their stories just makes her books a pleasure to read. She takes us to Paris and Versailles and allows us to see and smell and experience what Marie went through.
I can’t say enough good things about Michelle and this lovely book. I love at the end that she tells us what happened to various characters and how she included a glossary of the French words and some of the lesser known words and phrases. I highly recommend Madame Tussaud to any lover of French history, historical fiction or just damn good books.