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Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain eEn until her beheading in 1793 Theirs is often a long distance relationship with separations such as Fersen s 1780 1782 participation in the American Revolution and their intimacy is to be inferred from letters written toach other and from third party observations of the timeThis intimate relationship is uite possibly true but is not the main thrust of Gray s novel Fersen doesn t R High Performance Programming even come across as a very likeable or admirable person never succeeding in any of his attempts to rescue Marie Antoinette from her fate and notven managing to be faithful to her despite all his protestations that she is the Love of His Life So no this is not really a love story but is rather an account of international unrest intrigues and alliances of the time Sweden Russia Britain Austria France Turkey tc Who s allied with whom what s going on internationally during France s revolutionary mess this is what makes the book somewhat interestingThere are some xcellent sections that were of major interest to me First her descriptions of the sights sounds and smells of opulent Versailles which certainly help to xplain 1700s France s love of perhaps to the point need for perfume Another highlight for me was Fersen s take on the American Revolution Information about Sweden s King Gustavus a rather openly gay monarch is not to be missed In addition her tragicomic account of the botched flight to Varennes is informative for those not in the know as is the sad description of life for the royal family after their imprisonment and up to their deathsFor the first two thirds of the book I was uestioning Gray s choice of Fersen as narrator of the book Surely she could have found someone compelling heroic or sympathetic rather than a rich self centered womanizing nobleman lover of wealth and ostentation But her choice became clearer to me in the last 50 or so pages which take place mostly in Sweden from 1796 to 1810 where Gray ties Fersen s involvement in the American and French Revolutions to his final years when his own upper class ostentatious lifestyle brings about his own downfallThis was often a tedious book I couldn t keep myself reading it for long periods of time When I truly njoy a book time and pages fly by They crawled often for me during the reading of this and I took time off from it to check out appealing reads This book was disappointing I was salivating at the prospect of reading a good historical novel about the relationship between the Swedish Count Axel von Fersen and his purported long term affair with Marie Antoinette The story is told through the use of Fersen s actual memoirs and the fictional ones of his sister Sophie The transitions between the memoirs is stilted and the combination of fact and fiction harms the flow of the narrative feels uncomfortably stiff A good historical novel makes the reader feel a part of the time period in the book This book does not do this The occasional use of Dear Reader is annoying and the constant rather pedantic insertion of historical facts makes one feel that one is reading a textbook Still the details of Fersen s life are uite intriguing and in spite of the writing were worth the time spent One interesting revelation at the nd The mystery of whether the ueen s son was Louis XVI s or von Fersen was resolved in 1982 by DNA testing Sad to say Louis Charles was the actual son of Louis XVI The ueen s Lover is the fictional memoir of Count Axel von Fersen a man long speculated to have been s Lover is the fictional memoir of Count Axel von Fersen a man long speculated to have been lover of doomed ueen Marie Antoinette Edited by Fersen s sister the novel focuses on not only his relationship with Marie but Fersen s ntire life from his many romances to his Vermeer to Eternity efforts in the American Civil WarThe GoodOh look A book on Fersen I ve always wanted a book about Fersen He s such an interesting man and his relationship with Marie was truly interesting The BadWait what happened This is one of the most boring books I vever read and Marie Antoinette is barely present And for God s sake the dialogue is largely limited to and then we said things along these lines vs any memorable lines For the love of all this is holy why is Fersen so insufferableThe UglyOh my lord did she just use orifice when describing oral sex BOUNTEOUS BELLY "THAT WAS A THING I WANT TO GAGThe VerdictRun awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Okay so I admit it when "WAS A THING I WANT TO GAGThe VerdictRun awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Okay so I admit it when saw the hero of this novel was Axel von Fersen I immediately thought of so dreamy makes lesbians faint Jamie Dornan who portrayed von Fersen in the 2006 Marie Antoinette Nummy Needless to say that mental image helped make this novel Heaven to Betsy especially awesome Butven if your mental image of Swedish courtiers isn t shaped around twenty something Irish actors I still think you re really going to dig this bookTold in parts by von Fersen himself by way of his memoir discovered by his beloved sister Sophie and Sophie filling in the blanks the story starts with von Fersen s introduction to Marie Antoinette Despite the title however this novel isn t the story of a love affair but rather a kind of fictional autobiography by a man whose most notable distinction is that he was once Marie Antoinette s lover The So B. It end of the 18th century was a tumultuous time and von Fersen participated in some of the most momentousvents Fighting in the American Revolution with French troops witnessing the French Revolution firsthand and later the sweeping political change in Sweden I Was Cap. Secrets Of The was cap. Secrets of the Cabaret even learning the startlingrotic details of Marie Antoinette's marriage to Louis XVI But his new intimacy with Marie Antoinette and her family is disrupted when the vents of the American Revolution tear Fersen away Moved by the cause he joins French troops in the fight for American independenceHe returns to find France on the brink of disintegration After the Revolution of 1789 the royal family is moved from Versailles to the Tuileries Fersen devises an scape for the family and their young children Marie Thrse and the dauphin whom many suspect is in fact Fersen's son The failed attempt leads to a grueling imprisonment and the family spends its xcruciating final days captive before the king and ueen face the guillotineGrieving his lost love in his nati. The life story of Marie Antoinette fascinates many a lover of historical fiction One of the many uestions not completely answered throughout time is whether she had an affair with Count Axel von Fersen of Sweden This book reads as Count von Fersen s memoir with some additions from his beloved sister SophieCount Axel wrote a long stream of letters and kept a diary so there is uite a record of his thoughts from his lifetime Marie Antoinette s correspondence did not survive uite as intact so while there are tantalizing teasers as to a relationship between the two there is nothing definitive to prove that one xisted But such are the building blocks of historical fictionThis is definitely Count von Fersen s story and perhaps a third of it Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice encompasses his relationship with Marie Antoinette The rest details his travels to America to help in the Revolution a jaunt with Gustavus of Sweden and his life after Marie Antoinette had been killed I still cannot decide after having read this book whether I am supposed to like Count von Fersen despise him or just be disgusted by him I suppose that is the sign of a good writer letting her character speak for himself without dressing him up for current times because from all I can discern the count was a man who did not realize that his times were a changin as the song goes He stuck to a code that had outlived his society and he paid a severe price for it He also seemed to have been somewhat of a pig when it came to women and rather proud of his conuestsSo where does that leave meEducated interested in learning repulsed Yes all three of these Ms du Plessix Gray spares nothing with her character nor with her writing style to bring this somewhat pivotal individual to life in this book Whether or not von Fersen slept with Marie Antoinette or not he did have a deep relationship with the royal family and was responsible for the arrangements for their almostscape from France I learned uite a bit about the count from this book It was an interesting way to present it uite a bit of it is Fersen s own words from his letters and diary En plein coeur entries It is perhaps though misnamed as it is about Fersen the man than Fersen the ueen s lover In general I liked this book I learned a lot about the French Revolution from a different viewpoint It alsomphasized the maternal side of Marie Antoinette which I don t often think about The writing was good but a little dry at times The sex scenes were unnecessary and graphic I skimmed the last three chapters because I didn t care that much about the nd of Axel s life If I could I d give it a 35 but as good reads doesn t allow that I rounded up I really really wanted to like this book but it just wasn t possible It was an interesting premise but I just felt like it pandered too much to what the author thought the readers wanted The story was about Marie Antoinette s affair with Swedish nobleman Axel von Fersen The ueen was 19 and Fersen was a very haughty wealthy man who counted the King of Sweden and the King of France as friends Apparently he had few morals Not only did he have an affair with the ueen but with numerous married ladies often at the same time He thought the dauphin was his son but very comfortable with interacting with the kingThere were a lot of stories thrown in that I doubted very seriously Louis XVI was heavy and apparently warned by the doctor that it would affect his heart Really That was a concern back then And frankly the characters are not very sympathetic This book will not revise your opinion that these were the most clueless people alive Comte d Artois owned 365 pairs of shoes The women s hairdos were so outlandish that many of them women s hairdos were so outlandish that many of them have to stick their heads out of their coaches windows to be able to fit in Fersen s planned scape for the royal family was so ridiculous that you might think it was made up if you didn t know betterThere is some purple prose in the book that was slightly offensive The characters are still unlikable and the writing is just average I really wouldn t recommend this book If the intent of author du Plessix Gray is to present her protagonist Count Axel von Fersen as an admirable historical figure during the time of the French Revolution she did not succeed with me This Swedish nobleman and diplomat presumed lover of Marie Antoinette failed to meet my criteria for classification as an historical hero He seems to have been better at Dance Real Slow emoting than at carrying out anyffective actionsIf however the author s intent is to put the French Revolution into a broader international context by using Fersen and his sister Sophie as narrators she has succeeded although her style of writing is at times tedious and less successful at making the book an The Art of Memoir enjoyable readThe most I had known of Fersen prior to the reading of this novel was his friendship with the French royal family possible romantic relationship with Marie Antoinette and his masterminding of the royal family s 1790 unsuccessful flight to Varennes from Paris hoping to find freedom in Belgium His life as a Swede and as an international player in Europe andven in the American Revolution was unknown to meGray s novel begins with the first meeting in 1774 of Fersen and then dauphine Marie Antoinette at a masuerade ball at Versailles where they discover themselves to be apparently kindred spiritssoul mates and are devoted to ach other from th. A deeply intelligent and spellbinding historical novel of Marie "Antoinette On The Eve Of The French Revolution The Washington "on the ve of the French Revolution The Washington du Plessix Gray's beautifully realized historical novel reveals the untold love story between Swedish aristocrat Count Axel von Fersen and Marie Antoinette The romance begins at a masuerade ball in Paris in 1774 when the dashing nobleman first meets the mesmerizing nineteen year old dauphine wife of the reclusive prince who will soon become Louis XVI This lectric ncounter launches a love affair that will span the course of the French RevolutionAs their relationship deepens Fersen becomes a devoted companion to the ntire royal family Roaming the halls of Versailles and visiting the private haven of Le Petit Trianon he discovers the deepest. Tivated by his life I had no idea that pretty face had such an interesting back storyI m struggle with how to describe the writing style the feel of the narrative this is a very biographical novel that reads almost like a piece of non fiction However that worked for me it was asy to imagine this is how von Fersen would compose his autobiography very precise attempting some distance and not always succeeding The chapters are titled with the author PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition either von Fersen or Sophie and Sophie s tone is admiring and warm If this sounds like a disjointed way to tell a story I promise it fits together better than I m articulatingLike any good historical I was sad heartbroken to finish this book as the novelnds with von Fersen s death While the jacket blurb describes this novel as a fresh vision of the French Revolution and the French royal family I would actually argue that this is a fictional biography about an Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography eyewitness to 18th century revolution The French Revolution is a major part of the story and certainly shapes von Fersen but this book is far about loss love and the reality of lofty philosophical ideals I can t rave about this booknough I was taken by surprise with how much I The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, enjoyed it and von Fersen Also if you like me are unfamiliar with Francine du Plessix Gray this Paris Review article and interview provides a great introduction to a fascinating woman One hopes that somewhere in Heaven Marie Antoinette isnjoying the beatific vision and is thereby distracted from the knowledge of the truly wretched historical fiction industry her life has generated She must surely rank next to Richard III as the monarch who has suffered the most at the hands of ither those who levate them to sainthood or damn them to perdition using the same life storydu Plessix Gray skirts an xamination of Antoinette s character by focusing upon Fersen her putative lover That she loved Axel von Fersen is an indisputable fact What is less certain is whether they consummated their romance between the sheets There are those who will never be convinced much like the Ricardians who would have to see his fingerprints upon a pillow before allowing he might have had a hand in the fate of the Princes spoiler alert he did du Plessix Gray is not among the doubters Antoinette and Fersen mess around uite a bit in The ueen s Lover so much so that Fersen spends a lot of time wondering if the Dauphin may possibly be his son spoiler alert he wasn t Thanks DNA However save for one passage du Plessix Gray avoids the smut in their coupling Because Antoinette will always be The One for Fersen For the true carnal descriptions we get the details of romps with his longtime mistress and the ladies of the Swedish court du Plessix Gray s von Fersen is catnip to the girls throughout his life and he takes advantage of it Most of the truly lurid moments involve his fascination with sorry nipples As he modestly confesses at one point he is a breast man Draw the veil gentle reader because you don t wanna know the detailsSo in the nd what do you have The book is surprisingly astoundingly dull The prose is workmanlike but her The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl eponymous character doesn t really work and her Antoinette and Louis XVI certainly don t When Axel leaves Antoinette after their last 36 hour bout of lovemaking he heads straight to his mistress for an acrobatic after party He does admit that the reader probably thinks him a cad damn straight but what can he do He loves the ladies and they all need a little touch of Axel in the nightIf you are of the opinion that Marie Antoinette was a boring lightweight this book will confirm that impression because only someone like that could be attracted to du Plessix Gray s Axel von Fersen Her portrait may be accurate she inserts actual letters from Fersen into the narrative like nuts in a fruitcake He makes nasty comments about Americans during our Revolution draws a bead on thentire French nation and finally turns on Marie Therese Madame Royale to the peasants for failing to honor him when he stalks her in Vienna after she is released by the Directory Honestly by the time Fersen is beaten to death by Exile and Pilgrim enraged Swedes not a sentence you seeveryday is it the reader wants nothing so much as to pick up a cudgel and wade in after themNot recommended unless you absolutely positively have

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read verything Marie Antoinette I have a weird fascination with Marie Antoinette and her family and was really looking forward to reading this new novel about Count Fersen who was perhaps the secret love of Marie Antoinette s life and the architect of the failed Hannah Montana: The Movie escape plan to Varennes after which the royal family was c Parts of this review will discussvents that are historical fact If you aren t familiar with the French Revolution and the fate of royal it would be best to stop reading this review And just so "I DON GET ACCUSED OF "don t get accused of the book jacket and the first pages of the book make it clear that at least in this version Von Fersen and Marie Antoinette were loversThe ueen s Lover is the fictional memoirs of Count Axel Von Fersen memoirs he wrote later in his life These memoirs are being prepared for publication posthumously by his sister so you get the odd chapter here and there where she inserts notes to clarify certain vents and what not I could waste time and words giving you a run down on the historical vents this novel cov. Ve Sweden Fersen begins to sense the ffects of the French Revolution in his homeland Royalists are now targets and the sensuous aristocratic world of his youth is fast vanishing Fersen is incapable of realizing that centuries of tradition have disappeared and he pays dearly for his navet losing his life at the hands of a savage mob that views him as a pivotal member of the ruling classScion of Sweden's most steemed nobility Fersen came to be seen as an nemy of the country he loved His fate is symbolic of the violent speed with which the vents of the ighteenth century transformed European culture Expertly researched and deeply imagined The ueen's Lover is a fresh vision of the French Revolution and the French royal family as told through the love story that was at its cente. ,

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