Why are French maids famous

The extraordinary life of a maid named PETITE, better known as Madame Tussaud

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Edward Carey

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"Do not miss this charmingly eccentric book by Edward Carey, told by the famous Madame Tussaud herself, about her strange life and time, including the French Revolution, which was also almost fatal for her, the peak season for heads!"

Margaret Atwood

In 1761 a tiny girl named Marie Grosholtz was born in Alsace. After the death of her parents, she becomes an assistant to the eccentric wax maker Doctor Curtius in Bern, who takes her to Paris, where she lives in an empty ape house with the dominant widow Picot and her silent son Edmond. As soon as they have turned the building into an exhibition space for wax figures and wax heads, their craft becomes a sensation and takes Marie to the royal court in Versailles. The business with the wax heads of famous and notorious contemporaries, great philosophers and notorious criminals is flourishing. But in Paris the palaces are being stormed and the people are asking for heads - exactly what the wax makers deliver!

The enchanting, subtle and lively novel with many drawings by Carey tells the adventurous story of the woman who achieved world fame as Madame Tussaud: an innocent-wise little Madame Courage between philosophers and prisoners, heroes and villains, all of whom she waxed to could grasp.

cover Hardback edition
Page number 492
Publication date 28.08.2019
language German
ISBN 978-3-406-73948-4
publishing company C.H.Beck
Dimensions (L / W / H) 22.3 / 15.2 / 4.5 cm
Weight 766 g
Original title Little
Illustrations with numerous illustrations
Edition 1
illustrator Edward Carey
translator Cornelius Hartz
Sales rank 135882
Immediately available free shipping
Free shipping
cover Hardback edition
Page number 492
Publication date 28.08.2019
language German
ISBN 978-3-406-73948-4
publishing company C.H.Beck
Dimensions (L / W / H) 22.3 / 15.2 / 4.5 cm
Weight 766 g
Original title Little
Illustrations with numerous illustrations
Edition 1
illustrator Edward Carey
translator Cornelius Hartz
Sales rank 135882

description

"Do not miss this charmingly eccentric book by Edward Carey, told by the famous Madame Tussaud herself, about her strange life and time, including the French Revolution, which was also almost fatal for her, the peak season for heads!"

Margaret Atwood

In 1761 a tiny girl named Marie Grosholtz was born in Alsace. After the death of her parents, she becomes an assistant to the eccentric wax maker Doctor Curtius in Bern, who takes her to Paris, where she lives in an empty ape house with the dominant widow Picot and her silent son Edmond. As soon as they have turned the building into an exhibition space for wax figures and wax heads, their craft becomes a sensation and takes Marie to the royal court in Versailles. The business with the wax heads of famous and notorious contemporaries, great philosophers and notorious criminals is flourishing. But in Paris the palaces are being stormed and the people are asking for heads - exactly what the wax makers deliver!

The enchanting, subtle and lively novel with many drawings by Carey tells the adventurous story of the woman who achieved world fame as Madame Tussaud: an innocent-wise little Madame Courage between philosophers and prisoners, heroes and villains, all of whom she waxed to could grasp.

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Anna Möllmann, Thalia bookstore Langenfeld

The story of Madame Tussaud, so magnificently embellished by Carey, told from her point of view, fascinated me from the start. Extraordinary, macabre, but also so beautiful! The writing style and the many illustrations also make the whole thing a real experience!

Friederike Gärtner, Thalia bookstore Wildau

This wonderful and truly extraordinary story tells the life of Marie Grosholtz and her career from a simple maid to a woman who made history. Detailed descriptions make this book a pleasure, not just for history buffs.


by Sikal on 09/29/2019

Marie Groholtz was born in Alsace in 1761. Her mother soon moves to Bern with little Marie and comes to Doctor Curtius as housekeeper. When Marie's mother dies, Curtius takes care of the little girl. There, Marie comes into contact with art, various body parts (mainly organs) from awake ... Marie Groholtz was born in Alsace in 1761. Her mother soon moves to Bern with little Marie and comes to Doctor Curtius as housekeeper. When Marie's mother dies, Curtius takes care of the little girl. There Marie also came into contact with the art of making various body parts (mainly organs) out of wax. Curtius made these for the Bern hospital. But when Curtius is suddenly fascinated by heads, the hospital breaks up and Curtius has to disappear with Marie. The two come to Paris and have great hopes for life there. But soon they have to realize that this city has to be fought for. The path leads Marie from the imperious widow Picot via Versailles back to the French Revolution to London, where she then opens the wax museum. But until then it is a cumbersome way, on which Marie is not only fascinated by wax heads, but also has to live in a closet, who is only allowed to experience love late and many, many times, grows beyond herself. The story is told from a first-person perspective and takes the reader along on this journey. I was happy to follow Marie and suffered, cried, and hoped with her and watched her devotion. I didn't realize that she had such an exciting life. Her fascination for people made of wax comes out well in the novel. The author Edward Carey is a visual artist himself and was probably able to empathize with the character of Marie. The widow Picot, who made Marie life hell with her imperious, dominant manner, was also expressively drawn. Curtius is portrayed here as soft-hearted and dependent. During his life he never realized the great potential that was in him. Fortunately, Marie took the step at some point to emancipate herself and stand up against oppression. The writing style is a bit unusual, you have to get used to the spelling before you can sink into the story. I have never seen the wax museum in London, but now I know at least a little of the history of Madame Tussauds. I am happy to give this novel 4 stars.

unusual story, lovingly illustrated
by Anne Kaffeekanne on 09/16/2019