Have you ever been to Madame Tussauds wax museum? Who is11/2/2021, 5:16:18 PM
Have you ever been to Madame Tussauds wax museum? Who is your favorite wax figure? It’s kind of surprising how well they are done. . The last time I really thought of Madame Tussaud was when it was mentioned a few times in “What If It’s Us”. I’ve actually never been to the wax museum and I have never really given it too much thought. So I was delighted and surprised when I found out that Madame Tussaud was a real person. I was gifted “Little" by @riverheadbooks and was so excited to find out it was actually a historical fiction! (full synopsis below) . I immediately dived into research about her and the information is fascinating. If you have not read her history, it’s pretty amazing. I absolutely cannot wait to read “Little”. Some of my favorite facts are: at age 17 she became an art tutor for the sister of King Louis XVI, Elizabeth, at the Palace of Versailles. She was imprisoned for three months during the French Revolution but was released with intervention from an influential friend, and she traveled all over exhibiting her wax collection of famous people and victims of war. . I am eager to see how the story by Edward Carey plays out! . Synopsis: In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. 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. . In the tradition of Gregory Maguire's Wicked and Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, Edward Carey's Little is a darkly endearing cavalcade of a novel--a story of art, class, determination, and how we hold on to what we love.