City of Darkness, City of Light

By Marge Piercy

"FAST-PACED . . . PIERCY BREATHES existence INTO the particular historic FIGURES WHO formed THE REVOLUTION."
--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

In her such a lot ultimate, thought-provoking novel but, Marge Piercy brings to bright lifestyles 3 girls who play trendy roles within the tumultuous, bloody French Revolution--as good as their extra well-known male opposite numbers.

Defiantly self sufficient Claire Lacombe assessments her thought: if males could make issues ensue, possibly girls can too. . . . Manon Philipon reveals she has a expertise for politics--albeit because the ghostwriter of her husband's speeches. . . . And Pauline Léon is familiar with something for definite: the ladies needs to follow the strain or their male colleagues will allow them to starve. whereas illuminating the lives of Robespierre, Danton, and Condorcet, Piercy additionally opens to us the minds and hearts of girls who swap their international, stay their ideals--and are ready to die for them.

"MASTERFUL . . . PIERCY BRINGS THE BLOOD AND GUTS, the guidelines AND PASSIONS, OF THE REVOLUTION TO LIFE."
--The Women's evaluate of Books

"PIERCY'S STORYTELLING POWERS seize THE TURBULENCE AND pleasure OF [THIS] releasing ERA."
--The Boston usher in

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It was once soaking up. He cherished being out within the outside, rather than in darkish and stuffy courts. He loved telling males what to do and having them obey him, now not sullenly yet willingly. He cherished the best way ladies checked out him with open admiration. He beloved the swagger he approved himself. He adjusted his cockade and grinned. whilst evening fell, urban corridor appeared just a little higher defended. all over they marched on their as far back as the local, humans have been placing up barricades. “March” was once a relative time period. Georges observed no cause to mimic the mechanical precision of actual troops. The sound of gunfire got here sporadically from either side. Rumors of pitched battles ran in the course of the crowds. not anyone slept a lot that evening. “What does all of it suggest? ” Gabrielle requested him. “It appears like Carnival, every body within the streets, the area grew to become the wrong way up. what's going to occur to us? ” “I haven't any idea,” Georges stated in truth. “But we need to protect ourselves. And I’ll let you know, Gabrielle, the area is altering whereas we lie the following. the realm is altering speedier than any folks imagined attainable. There’s strength to be seized. funds to be made. Freedom is coming—opportunities for achieve and catastrophe past whatever I dreamed at my such a lot formidable. ” “I’m scared,” she acknowledged, yet she didn't curl right into a ball or weep. She reached for him in a rage of ardour and so they made love part the evening. via sunrise humans have been out within the streets. The tocsin was once ringing. The notice got here via runner from urban corridor, from armed forces to defense force, that they have been all to visit the Invalides to get muskets. with no firepower, the King’s German and Swiss infantrymen could slaughter them. the house for crippled outdated squaddies was once additionally an arsenal. The wind was once from the south and the clouds have been heavy. They dropped into the stinking streets like exudations of sweat. They felt like worry and rigidity changed into sky. He observed all Paris relocating towards the Invalides, millions of guys and ladies armed with every little thing from kitchen knives to golf equipment made of chairs or firewood to improvised pikes and an occasional sword or pistol. With them got here the armed forces, who appeared precisely like all people else other than that they wore purple and blue cockades, tried a soldierly march and one in ten had a musket. A runner, a kitchen boy pressed into carrier, got here from the Invalides. the final accountable for Paris ordered the governor of the Invalides, the place thirty thousand muskets have been saved, to have the crippled squaddies dismantle the muskets. The inmates despatched out notice of what used to be taking place and they will be absolute to have loads of hassle taking the muskets aside with their elderly fingers. in truth, if the folks moved quickly, they'd have the capacity to have nearly no weapons pulled aside sooner than the gang arrived. those have been previous men who had by no means had sous to rub jointly, they usually weren’t going out in their approach for the wealthy and high-living governor or for the King who’d had their legs and arms and formative years. while the group assembled on the Invalides, the governor had the gates opened to handle them.

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