Where the Light Falls

Where the Light Falls

A Novel of the French Revolution

Book - 2017
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"Three years after the storming of the Bastille, Paris is emboldened with the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy of King Louis and Marie Antoinette has been dismantled and a new nation, for the people, is rising up in its place. Jean-Luc, a young optimistic lawyer, moves his wife, Marie, and their infant son from their comfortable life in Marseilles to Paris, inspired by a sense of duty to contribute to the new order. André, the son of a former wealthy Duke, sheds his privileged upbringing to fight in the unified French Army with his roguish brother, Remy. Sophie, a descendant of a wealthy aristocratic family and niece of a militant uncle, embarks on her own fight for independence. But underneath the glimmer of hope and freedom, chaos threatens to undo all the progress of the revolution and the lives of these compatriots become inextricably linked. As the demand for justice, aided by the new invention of the guillotine, breeds instability, creates enemies out of compatriots, and fuels a constant rush of blood in the streets, Jean-Luc, Andre, and Sophie are forced to question the sacrifices made for the revolution and determine what is right in the midst of a struggling society"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399591686
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Pataki, Owen


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Aug 12, 2017

It sounded good. But I stopped at p. 28, where the term "sans culottes" was translated as "men without long pants". The term actually means without knee breeches (as the aristocracy wore), as the sans culottes wore long trousers. If the authors were so careless about getting such a basic historical detail right (and one easily found in any basic book on the French Revolution, not to mention Wikipedia!), I decided I'd skip the rest. I'd already accepted having a man's queue described as a "pony tail"; this was just too much! I care about basic historical accuracy in my historical fiction. Having stopped reading so early, I cannot comment on characters, plot, etc.


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