Becoming Marie Antoinette

Becoming Marie Antoinette

A Novel

Paperback - 2011
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Imagines the early life of the doomed eighteenth-century queen, who at a young age learns from her mother, the ambitious Empress of Austria, that she must leave her coddled life in the Austrian court to marry the dauphin of France.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2011.
ISBN: 9780345523860
0345523865
9780345523877
0345523873
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 21 cm.

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StrangelyExuberant
Aug 02, 2019

I have always been a huge reader of historical fiction. How the fiction element allows the author more freedom to create the illusions necessary for a story to come alive. This piece is very well written. It brings to light the harsh reality of what would be expected of someone when they were in a class where they were pawns in a giant chess match. I found that the author managed to bring a different element to Marie Antoinette that I have not come across before. I am actually looking forward to reading the next book of the series. I am also looking forward to doing my own reading starting from the bibliography located at the back of the book. The piece is a great example of how historical fiction can bring a moment to life while giving the reader a leaping off point to explore it further on their own.

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falconroom
May 02, 2014

I started this, as I really knew so little about Marie Antoinette aside from movies which have basically used her as a prop to spend vast amounts of time and money on costuming a "spoiled brat" & not much on research to get to the bottom of who she really was. Titled women were a pawn in even this, the dawning of the Age of Reason, to marry off to form political alliances. This book, even tho historical fiction, helps one to better understand how this rather charming young lady was transformed, thru braces on her teeth to French elocution & a French hair stylist, to transform her into the French dauphine (heir to the throne's bride). She is truly a sympathetic character, which is why the sequel comes so much of a surprise.

samdog123 Sep 09, 2013

A good, if sometimes tedious piece of historical fiction about the young Marie Antoinette. Her background and upbringing as a Hapsburg princess enabled her Mother, Empress Maria, to marry her off to the Prince of France--all for political reasons. There is a sequel that I'd like to read since this title ends when Marie and Louis become King and Queen upon the death of Louis the 15th.

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mudflapflossy
May 16, 2012

A nice change from your normal MA book, it focuses on the time before she became queen, exploring her relationship with her mother & siblings.1st book of a series, looking forward to the sequel due out this summer

ehbooklover Jan 14, 2012

I chose to read this book based on the numerous quotes found on the front and back covers, most of which were written by my favourite historical fiction authors. I was not disappointed. This is the first of a trilogy and it focusses on the evolution of Maria Antonia to Marie Antoinette. I can't wait to read the second book due out summer 2012!

LocketLibrarian Nov 15, 2011

Totally not my usual kind of book. Absolutely enthralling!!!

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princess555
Oct 01, 2011

Wow. I didn't expect it to be awesome. But I was always looking forward to reading more of it. The first few pages or so are okay, but once you get a few chapters into it... It sorta sucks you in and you really get into it. I might not be making much sense, but... ;) In other words, I really really liked this book.

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Oct 01, 2011

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