Abundance: A novel of Marie Antoinette


I finished reading it over the weekend. So now I can focus solely on H.P.7. But I wanted to say a few words about this book. It’s wonderful. Sena Jeter Naslund is such a fantastic writer. It is exquistely written. It is a book written for women. Kind of in the same vein as books by Jane Austen and Edith Wharton.

I have had a fascination with Marie Antionette for many years. I don’t even know what spurred this fasicnation. But I have always been interested in learning more about her. I think that the death of her and her husband Louis the XVI is rather tragic and, for some reason, I am fascinated by tragic stories. This retelling of the story of Marie Antionette does not dissappoint in the tragic department. It ends with her death at the guillotine, from her perspective. The entire story, in fact, is written from the perspective of Marie Antionette. Some of the more grisly events (for example the horrible death of her friend the Princesse de Lamballe) are relayed to the reader as Marie Antionette would have recieved the information.

A fascinating story told by a very gifted writer. I wholeheartedly recommend it.