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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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Have you recovered from the madness of the holidays? I'm glad they're over. Now if only I could muster the motivation to take down the xmas tree...This morning, I finished reading Madame de Staël, by Francine du Plessix Gray. It was a wonderful little book about one of France's most charismatic Revolutionary figures, Germaine de Staël. Napoleon tried to exile her. But she always managed to slip back into Paris where she found new ways to torment the emperor, usually by writing books and pamphlets that mocked him. She hosted one of the most exclusive salons around, where intellectuals and artists met to discuss politics and culture. Think Arianna Huffington, but with petticoats.

Now I want to read every book I can find about her!  Hope you're having a lovely day! I'm suddenly on deadline on a story..will be back shortly. Xmas tree will have to wait till tomorrow...xoxo

1x1

9 Comments:

Blogger Solanah said...

Sounds like an interesting read, I'll have to find that book :)

January 5, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Margot said...

That sounds very interesting indeed! Good luck and have fun reading!

January 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Shaista said...

Women with gumption are always a fascinating read! I look forward to discovering her words...
Happy New Year to you, do hope this year brings you much joy and cheer x

January 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger The Drifter and the Gypsy said...

hmm...the book sounds really interesting! i'll have to check it out :)

January 5, 2010 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

intriguing story...and being home...ahh...nothing like it.

January 5, 2010 at 5:43 PM  
Blogger Stevi said...

Oohhh I'm most definitely going to find time to read that book. It sounds delightful.

January 5, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Welcome home and cheers to winding things up! It's happening slowly for all... oxo

January 6, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger {Tara} said...

I've been seeing de Stael's name here and there lately...maybe it's a sign I should read this, too! Sounds intriguing...

January 6, 2010 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Zone8 Knitter said...

is it in English or French?

January 21, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

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