“What casual monsters we are. What calamities we are capable of.”
4 disco balls
Published: October 4, 2018 by Riverhead Books
Category: Historical Fiction
This is why I love book club: I would not have picked up this book on my own, but so glad I read it.
It was not my typical jam and sounded a bit strange…and boy was it strange – an oddity – BUT I couldn’t stop turning the page. You really want to know what happens to all these characters; although I hated me some Widow Picot, what a wicked character.
I was a bit fascinated by it all.
It is loosely, and I mean loosely, based on the life of Madame Tussaud. A young girl in France during the French Revolution who would learn how to create wax molds of heads (some dead! I didn’t even know that was an actual thing people did!) from her “master.” I think one would call it a novelization (I had to keep remembering it was fiction).
I did find myself believing many of the tales or thinking they were at least somewhat truth. Afterwards, you will find yourself scouring Anna Maria Grosholtz’s (Madame Tussaud) Wikipedia page for her life history, and learn what was dramatized and what was real.
Either way, author Edward Carey, did an expert job of weaving a tale that although out of my comfort zone kept me turning the page.
I needed to read this book in time for book club and had 4 days to read 433 pages, so I alternated between the audio and book every chance I got. I thought the narrator was perfect and it certainly helped with all the pronunciations as I kept reading throughout the book.
I do hope you enjoy Little as much as I did, if you decide to read it. Do tell!
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