RevolutionBook - 2010
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Andi is barely holding it together. She's angry, at everyone. Only her music seems to sooth her, but when her father insists she go to Paris with him to work on her final paper, she finds a way to transcend time, let go of her anger and let herself heal.
Pair with "The Flanders Panel" by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Two different wars and two different forms of art (music and chess) for two very interesting books.
Andi Alpers' father whisks her to Paris with him for his work as an intervention in Andi's decline into depression. There she comes across the diary of Alexandrine, who lived through the French Revolution. Andi and Alexandrine's stories intertwine in some really interesting ways in this narrative... Read More »
CRRL_ElizabethFitzgerald Apr 15, 2015
Andi has lost her brother to an accident and is having a hard time dealing with it. So, her dad takes her to Paris where she is supposed to be working on her thesis. She finds the diary of Alex--a young girl who lived during the French Revolution. Andi finds herself drawn into the story of Alex a... Read More »
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"Think you only kings have power? Stand on a stage and hold the hearts of men in your hands. Make them laugh with a gesture, cry with a word. Make them love you. And you will know what power is."
"But I think about what he said, that I’m sad and angry. And I know he hasn’t seen a tenth of it. How do I tell him about the pain? About the pills I pop like M&M’s? How do I tell him how hard it is sometimes, to stay away from the edge of rivers and rooftops? How do I tell him what happened?"
"I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing. Until I'm lost in the music. Until I am the music--the notes and chords, the melody and harmony. It hurts, but it's okay because when I'm the music, I'm not me. Not sad. Not afraid. Not desperate. Not guilty."
"Does it (the heart of Louis XVII) have meaning because it is made of this and that protein? No! It has meaning because of its context. It has meaning because of the so-called stories that that surround it. It has meaning because we know—or soon will—that it came from the body of a defenseless child who was imprisoned by the revolutionaries, who was denied the very things they sought to obtain for all humanity—namely: liberty, equality, and fraternity—and whose immense, unspeakable suffering shames every politician, every strategist, every academic, think tanker, and policy wonk—then and now—who claims the revolution’s idealistic ends justified its violent means."
“Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.”
(Andi on visiting the Abelard Library for a school project): I was confused at first. I didn't know the drill. But I've got it figured out now. My job, here at the Abelard Library, is to get information. And Yves Bonnard's job is to stop me. Yves G. Bonnard, head archivist, aka the Great and Powerful Oz, aka the Grand Inquisitor, aka the Antichrist.
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