Thursday, June 9, 2011

Past, Present, Paris, Brooklyn, Music and the French Revolution

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Andi, a girl from modern-day Brooklyn finds a diary written by Alexandrine, who lived during the French Revolution and helped young Louis-Charles, the king's son.

The details of the past are gritty. Andi relates to the diary because she's healing after tragedy--her brother Truman died almost two years ago. She blames herself.

 In modern-day Paris, Andi meets a colorful crew of musicians and researches a fictional composer. Andi loves playing guitar--the eclectic music references and the revealing of a hidden Paris are the best parts.

 The book is long but gets really good on 375—don’t give up!

Song to Read By: "If I Ever Feel Better" by Phoenix (a French band):

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