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Book Title: Анжелика|
The author of the book: Anne Golon
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 596 KB
Date of issue: 1991
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Read full description of the books Анжелика:I know. Just look at the cover, right? Please allow me to explain.
I was reading a review for some book (I've forgotten which one), and one of the reviewers said her favorite French authors were _______, ________, _________, and Sergeanne Golon. Who? I recognized all the names except that one.
I hunted, and discovered that Golon was the author of Angélique. The cover art made me want to run away, screaming, but the summary made it sound like very interesting historical fiction. I read some reviews on various sites, and was shocked.
Angélique led to the choice of college majors and career directions. She inspired vacations and relocations to France. One 80-year-old reviewer claimed it was the best book she'd ever read. And more than one person loudly announced, "Ignore the cover art!"
I was more than a little intrigued.
Angélique is the first in a series of books, though not all of them were translated into English. The Angélique books tell the life story of Angélique de Sance de Monteloup and are set in 1600s France.
The first book begins when Angélique is 12 years old, a tomboy and the daughter of a noble but impoverished landowner. It continues through her marriage to Comte de Peyrac de Morens, the birth of her two children, the death of her husband, and her struggle to survive as a single mother. (And there's lots of secrets and deceptions and witchcraft and torture and murder plots and...)
I really wonder what could have happened to this book if it had had a different marketing plan. Everything about how it is presented is just so wrong. The cover art of the slutty woman draped in purple velvet, the cover blurb describing Angélique as "the lusty barefoot gutter wench (who) becomes the dazzling mistress of rogues and royalty," the almost-like-a-bodice-ripper extract which is featured on the first page.
That is NOT Angélique!
Readers expecting a bodice ripper with a bit of history would be very disappointed. Yes, there are a few (like maybe 4) s*x scenes, but they are not at all graphic and not smutty in the least. This is an intricate multi-layered story and very well written. I think it even almost qualifies as a literary novel. The writing is well done, the characters are well developed, the storytelling is compelling, and the historical detail is superb.
Though I wouldn't go so far as some reviewers and claim that it is life-changing or the best book I've ever read, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this epic tale.
Read information about the authorBorn in Toulon as Simone Changeux in 1921; she was published under the pseudonym of Sergeanne Golon or Anne & Serge Golon, and later as Anne Golon.
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