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Goddess
Goddess | Kelly Gardiner
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A sparkling, witty and compelling novel based on the tragic rise and fall of the beautiful seventeenth century swordswoman and opera singer, Julie d'Aubigny (also known as La Maupin), a woman whose story is too remarkable to be true - and yet it is. Versailles, 1686: Julie d'Aubigny, a striking young girl taught to fence and fight in the court of the Sun King, is taken as mistress by the King's Master of Horse. tempestuous, swashbuckling and volatile, within two years she has run away with her fencing master, fallen in love with a nun and is hiding from the authorities, sentenced to be burnt at the stake. Within another year, she has become a beloved star at the famed Paris Opera. Her lovers include some of Europe's most powerful men and France's most beautiful women. Yet Julie is destined to die alone in a convent at the age of 33. Based on an extraordinary true story, this is an original, dazzling and witty novel - a compelling portrait of an unforgettable woman. 'I thought the book was utterly fascinating, dazzlingly original and inventive, and written with such wit and flair. the character of Julie is drawn so poignantly - what a woman!' Kate Forsyth 'An engaging and skilfully told tale of a singular character' Sydney Morning Herald 'The divine creature who plummets 'from the painted clouds' to center stage in Kelly Gardiner's gender-bending picaresque Goddess, is based on an actual historical character, Julie d'Aubigny. Scenes sparkle with period details and sensory impressions: all spectacle and shimmer, all gesture and pose, Baroque mask and mirror and role-play. Gardiner does this very well. And her goddess fascinates.' New York Times Book Review 'This is a wonderful story, made all the more gripping for being founded on truth. Gardiner undertakes to bring this ambiguous and outrageous woman back to life ... she succeeds with flair ... I wholeheartedly recommend this book as the most exquisitely-rendered historical novel I have read in years.' Historical Novel Society review
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I could only find one book for #day21 of the #augustphotochallenge. I swear I have more books about music somewhere. This fits the #booksandmusic theme because the main character is an opera singer for a while. Another one from my TBR pile so I don't know much about it.

MrBook Great cover and beautiful picture! 😊👏🏻👍🏻 3y
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Goddess | Kelly Gardiner
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A really interesting take on a really interesting lady. Was slow to start but was able to hold my interest when I picked up again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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❤️💛💚💙💜

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Is that it? Fancy? I suppose you're right. No woman would love another so deeply that she would risk everything, do anything, to enable them to be together. Would she?

thelibraryofmars I've heard of Julie d'Aubigny and she's enough to make me check this out. I'm interested in what you think of the rest of the book! 3y
Chasingmermaids That's why I wanted to read this too!!! I think it's an interesting take on her life. I'll let you know when I do finish it it holds true. 3y
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If only for her..

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There are secrets. Desires that can only be spoken in daylight. Plans that can only be discussed in darkness. Fears. Memories-little things-mere moments.

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"I was born, like all women, with the stain of Eve, with the Original Sin imprinted on my body. From that moment I was doomed."

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How I'm spending my Saturday night. What are you all reading this weekend?

MrsJenWheeler 1. The Novels of Tiger and Del Volume 3, by Jennifer Roberson. 2. Hole In The Head, by Craig Allen. 4y
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