This post is a rambling reflection inspired by the chance convergence of several events:
|The Storming of the Bastille, by Jean-Pierre Houël. If you look close, in the center you can see the unfortunate marquis, not yet headless, being apprehended.|
|Petrograd, July 4, 1917. Demonstrators flee as the Provisional Government's troops open fire with machine guns. Another messy bit of history.|
|No question, she wanted to change |
|From a 1920 French film of Quatrevingt-treize. That character on the left has got to be Lantenac, which says a lot about why Hugo's novels may not fly today.|
|Inspector Javert, from the original |
edition of Les Misérables (1862).
A man you'd love to hate.
|Could she have started that big war?|
|Eliza crossing the ice with her child. An 1881 theater poster. From reading an excerpt, I remember the ice floes, but not the dogs.|
If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you. An award winner, it sold well at BookCon 2017.
For readers who like historical fiction and a fast-moving story.
For two new LibraryThing reviews of Bill Hope: His Story, go here.
What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay romance, if you like, but no porn (I don't do porn). Women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
For Goodreads reviews, go here. Likewise available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.