#Review: Little by Edward Carey @edwardcarey70 @BelgraviaB @JGoRice #Little #GallicBooks #MadameTussaud
Book length - 430 pages
Publisher - Gallic Books
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I want to thank Jimena from www.belgraviabooks.com for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Alsace. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son.
Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and . . . at the wax museum, heads are what they do.
I didn't know what to expect from LITTLE by Edward Carey but as soon as I entered the world of little Marie I was entranced and didn't want to leave.
Madame Tussaud is legendary today with millions of people visiting the popular waxwork attraction every year but have you ever stopped to ask yourself 'Who was Madame Tussaud'? Well, luckily for you Edward Carey has taken the past of this incredible woman and added some fictional flair to create this compelling and unputdownable story of revolutionary Paris and an artistic talent that was truly unique.
From a simple home awaiting the return of her father who was a soldier, to the lavish halls of Versailles, LITTLE captures the essence of Marie and how she became the infamous Madame Tussaud. Punctuated throughout with fascinating illustrations, this story flows effortlessly from page to page, almost lulling you into the rhythm of the story. There is drama, darkness, danger, and more in Marie's life but there is also shining inspiration and a talent that knew no bounds.
LITTLE by Edward Carey is a unique blend of history and art and I highly recommend it.
Edward Carey is a writer and illustrator who was born in North Walsham, Norfolk, England, during an April snowstorm. Like his father and his grandfather, both officers in the Royal Navy, he attended Pangbourne Nautical College, where the closest he came to following his family calling was playing Captain Andy in the school’s production of Showboat. Afterwards he joined the National Youth Theatre and studied drama at Hull University.
He has written plays for the National Theatre of Romania and the Vilnius Small State Theatre, Lithuania. In England his plays and adaptations have been performed at the Young Vic Studio, the Battersea Arts Centre, and the Royal Opera House Studio. He has collaborated on a shadow puppet production of Macbeth in Malaysia, and with the Faulty Optic Theatre of Puppets.
He is also the author of the novels Observatory Mansions and Alva and Irva: the Twins Who Saved a City, which have been translated into thirteen different languages, and both of which he illustrated. He always draws the characters he writes about, but often the illustrations contradict the writing and vice versa and getting both to agree with each other takes him far too long. He has taught creative writing and fairy tales on numerous occasions at the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, and at the Michener Center and the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin.
He has lived in England, France, Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, and the United States. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, which is not near the sea.
For more information:
Website - edwardcareyauthor.com
Twitter - twitter.com/edwardcarey70
Facebook - www.facebook.com/EdwardCareyAuthor
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