Abundance

abundanceYou would think that after almost 600 pages I'd have more to say about a book but I really don't have that much to say about Abundance.

The novel starts with Marie Antoinette's entry to France and ends with the end of her life. Marie Antoinette is portrayed as a fairly simple , but sweet and charming woman, who sometimes is silly, and sometimes does things she shouldn't have but the things that she shouldn't have are nothing compared to many of the things that she's been accused of. She also frequently seems to be quite removed from a number of situations.

The tone of the writing is very...soothing. I've seen it described as "hypnotic" in other reviews. But there seems to be a very steady state of calmness to it. Even when exciting events were happening, and when you are talking about Marie Antoinette there are bound to be exciting events, I never really found myself sitting up a bit more and trying to read a bit faster so that I could get to what happens next. For some people that may be good or bad.

I don't read a lot of historical fiction because often I'm put off by the length of many of the novels. I keep telling myself that I don't have time to read them which is such a lie. The real reason I don't read them is because they frequently cover periods of time that I don't know a whole lot about and then it bugs me because I then want to do research to see what was true and what was not. Even before this book I wanted to read Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette and now I want to read it even more. Maybe I'll buy myself a copy for Christmas...If I can find one that doesn't have Kristin Dunst on the cover.

Speaking of which, this novel might have been slightly more enjoyable had I not had her voice in my head as the narrator. Sigh.

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