By Marge Piercy
"FAST-PACED . . . PIERCY BREATHES lifestyles INTO the particular ancient FIGURES WHO formed THE REVOLUTION."
--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
In her so much just right, thought-provoking novel but, Marge Piercy brings to vivid lifestyles 3 ladies who play famous roles within the tumultuous, bloody French Revolution--as good as their extra well-known male counterparts.
Defiantly self sustaining Claire Lacombe exams her thought: if males could make issues occur, possibly ladies 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 yes: 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 ladies who swap their international, reside their ideals--and are ready to die for them.
"MASTERFUL . . . PIERCY BRINGS THE BLOOD AND GUTS, the tips AND PASSIONS, OF THE REVOLUTION TO LIFE."
--The Women's assessment of Books
"PIERCY'S STORYTELLING POWERS catch THE TURBULENCE AND pleasure OF [THIS] freeing ERA."
--The Boston usher in
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This is curious, as Bob Stewart was caretaker secretary of the party. He may even have said only ‘caretaker’ to get rid of two unwanted Oxford undergraduates. However, it is surprising that Taylor, as the young enthusiast of the Left, either did not know or claimed later not to have known that Stewart was acting secretary of the party after twelve leaders had been gaoled in December 1925. Stewart replaced Albert Inkpin, who, with Harry Pollitt (who stayed at the Taylors’ home in Preston) and three others, received twelve months in prison.
38 The corollary to this kind of immature macho posturing was an awkwardness with girls of his age. In York the boys from Bootham met the girls from the Quaker girls’ school, The Mount, on Sunday mornings at the Friends’ Meeting and on a few special occasions. 39 However, it is also possible that in later life she downplayed her pleasure in his friendship. He ﬁrst met her when they were the lead speakers in a joint debate between Bootham and The Mount on the motion ‘That the progress of civilisation has not tended to increase the happiness of mankind’, held in The Mount in March 1923.
The precociously clever but physically small and slight Alan Taylor could sparkle and attract the limelight as a rebel. At the start of 1923 he was just under ﬁve feet ﬁve inches tall and weighed nine stone (153 pounds). Moreover, being agin and being able to argue with vigour came naturally to him given his home experiences. At The Downs, according to his autobiography, he was elected to the school’s Cabinet and for a while ran it to subvert the masters’ powers of punishment. At Bootham, he ﬁtted in better; perhaps The Downs School had been a preparatory experience for Bootham.