BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.
Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.
If you have some time to waste (not likely, given that you all seem like intelligent, productive people) and are in the mood for some very lightweight, very not-to-be-taken-seriously fiction, then go for it.
EDIT: Please forget that I ever suggested reading this book (unless you're reading it in order to write a vehement, public rebuttal of its contents).
Found these, as I was watching one part of the
Spot the hands. Tricoteuses Can Has Les Yay? Actually, granted, the one in pink in the first doesn't look that happy... nor a tricoteuse. It might have something to do with that. I'd like to hear the backstory of that image.
So we know what is the first, but I wish I knew what was the art of the second, coz it looks great. :(
Note on the vid I took these from: Seriously, that silly historian is reducing the crowd of women who marched to Versailles as "fishladies" who were "hugely muscular". Hello buying into propaganda stereotypes. Btw, if you watch (it's at 6:45), note the two on a cannon, I love those.
Plus the loser after that with his ultra-simplification "most of them probably couldn't even write their names" and "it's quite extraordinary that these ordinary women suddenly acted as the protagonists of this historical process" -- well, duh. He needs to do some reading on the role of women in revolts. Also: literacy had progressed. They probably could write their names. That might have been the only thing they could write, but that was a start!
...I cracked up.
I don't know why it's so amusing, if it's the Heroic Soldier Pose Epic Fail, or if it's the text saying (in French) "the statue of a proud soldier", and you can see how PROUD he REALLY wants to show he IS with his arms up there like that, but... yeah. To prove further my point:
( Here is the very large photo of the statue, which I presume is in Thionville...? )
Now, before I find some time to actually fix these posts, have two macros -- same pic, different text -- from Saint-Just's POV in La Terreur et la vertu because it seems to have gone unnoticed on my LJ a little while ago and it deserves comments okay coz it's brillant rly:
In case you're unfamiliar with the actors of LTELV, from left to right: Billaud, Collot (mostly hidden by Billaud), Lindet, Carnot, Saint-Just.
Doesn't this make the Thermidor crisis more cheerful? It's not like, you know, he's going to die two days later and they're going to cover his decapitated body with quicklime? Lol?
Just in case anyone was stuck on what to give their hard-to-buy-for French Gypsy cousin for their birthday.
A few weeks ago I was very ill with swine flu or something, and while I was in bed, aside from re-read Treasure Island, I also learned how to use Windows Movie Maker.
Here are the results:
I was inspired by the great men and women who shaped France's history in the closing decades of the 18th century, and by the great artists Britney Spears and Lionel Richie who continue to shape our world today.
Please watch !!! (but please don't be offended for anything you may see or hear when clicking on the above links)
There have been quite a few discussions about the various film interpretations of the Revolution--the good, the bad, and the ugly--but here’s a new twist on things: if you were going to make a movie about our fabulous revolutionary guys (and girls)....who would you cast to play your favorite?
It’s driving me crazy that I can’t think of a good actor to play Camille--as far as physical features are concerned anyway. None of my favorite actors resemble him in the least. He’s attractive to me, but that’s because of, well, all those aspects of him--his character--that are deeper than appearance. “He had a bilious complexion, like Robespierre’s, a hard and sinister eye, more like that of the osprey than that of the eagle,” according to one contemporary. Ouch! (Royalist propaganda, I say). I don’t think he’s *that* unfortunate-looking in his portraits, even if he’s not *handsome* in the conventional sense.
But then, his “ugliness” was supposedly a kind of “intellectual ugliness that pleases.” I think he’s really just *awkward*--in terms of his face (and sometimes in his behavior, too). However, it was the kind of “awkwardness that pleases” (hehe). So, after thinking hard about it, I think a good actor to play Camille in a movie would be...
Ok, that's all the silliness I can muster for now.
P.S.--I'm sorry I don't have a visual, because--I ate them all! :D
Ok, I know that "Camille" and "Lucie" are common French names and can refer to either masculine or feminine subjects. It was just lovely to see the names together on a sign and to think that another French Revolution aficionado had put them there. And don't you think that it would be a nice concept for a jewelry store? It's romantic enough (tragic, too, but still). Anyway, I was just going through my photos, saw this one, remembered why I took it, and knew that only a select few could appreciate my...knack for associating random things with my favorite Revolutionary couple?:)
Somebody's apparently twittering as Marat. It's actually pretty funny and seems to be done in good humor.
Some examples include:
"@gironde - if you want, YES, I WILL send you the math regarding the heads necessary."
"An insurrection is like a suprise practical exam for revolutionaries. One that's graded pass/fail. Just a thought..."
"Down with tyranny! Republic FTW!"
"The Mountain is full of drama llamas. This is why nothing gets done here!"
and my personal favorite:
"Paper got banned again. Going into hiding. Have no fear, my loyal readers - I WILL continue to tweet. Down with the Girondins!"
Just thought everyone might find it interesting. I recommend starting at the beginning, as the person doing it sometimes goes on multi-post story arcs, one including a laser-guillotine.
Hmm, if I took them to my opticians to have lenses fitted they'd just laugh...Dunno if you know of the Jas Townsend site, but they do repro stuff for American War of Independence and other 18th/early 19thc re-enactors: it's interesting just looking through their site, though, at the writing accessories, cooking stuff etc. Some re-enactors try to live the whole 18thc lifestyle. I've also come across Europe-based Revolutionary/Napoleonic war re-enactors' sites that give you the sort of detail of, say, the full contents of a soldier's backpack, that you don't find in regular history books. I love enormous hats, btw, which is how I've come across these things...