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Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin The Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin is one of my most favourite books of all time It is as though you were sitting there with the authoress in a chair opposite you, and she is relating her life to you personally Her Memoirs are engaging, thrilling, informative and never dull This is one of only two books that I would take on my desert island were I ever exiled there Everyone should read it. The Marquise de la Tour du Pin Gouvernet is one of my favourite characters from history Her first name was Lucy, but I always think of this redoubtable woman by her grand French surname Of Irish descent, she married into the French aristocracy and took her place at the extravagant, doomed court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Fleeing the guillotine, she and her husband started over again as farmers in North America There, she learned how to chop wood and draw water from the well, as well a The Marquise de la Tour du Pin Gouvernet is one of my favourite characters from history Her first name was Lucy, but I always think of this redoubtable woman by her grand French surname Of Irish descent, she married into the French aristocracy and took her place at the extravagant, doomed court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Fleeing the guillotine, she and her husband started over again as farmers in North America There, she learned how to chop wood and draw water from the well, as well as doing her own cooking and washing She met French emigr s, Dutch colonialists, Quakers and native Americans.Dictated shortly before her death aged 83, her memoirs cover everything from political intrigue to domestic detail Nothing was too trivial to record and I find her diary a treasure trove.She was a flawed character Buying her first slave in America, she describes with no compassion that his personal possessions would fit inside a hat When the upstart dictator Napoleon looked round for aristocrats to give his new court legitimacy, she and her husband hastened back to France to resume a life of privilege Yet she had a talent for survival Whatever life threw at her, she hitched up her skirts and got on with it including her own multiple pregnancies Whether bartering homemade butter for winter necessities, or assisting at a roadside birth, she was ever resourceful I might not have liked her, but I would like to have known her This is a dazzling memoir that brings you into the sumptuous world of Louis XVI s France, written by a woman of the aristocracy whose life plunges into poverty and despair during the Revolution What makes it so wonderful is how this woman s true, determined character nobly rides out the treacherous currents of the time and comes out a truly shining example of a courage A great read. At about the age of 50, Mme de La Tour du Pin who was born in Paris in 1770 began to record her memoirs for her two surviving children soon for her only surviving child The recollections record her life up to Napoleon s return from Elba I actually read them online in a sloppily translated early C20 edition supplemented, when I discovered it, by the original French edition and lots of enjoyable googling of the historical background, the many places we visit and the many characters we meet At about the age of 50, Mme de La Tour du Pin who was born in Paris in 1770 began to record her memoirs for her two surviving children soon for her only surviving child The recollections record her life up to Napoleon s return from Elba I actually read them online in a sloppily translated early C20 edition supplemented, when I discovered it, by the original French edition and lots of enjoyable googling of the historical background, the many places we visit and the many characters we meet Mme de La Tour du Pin, as an emotionally neglected child, kept her head down and her mouth shut She bloomed into a clever, elegant and physically striking young woman who was, says Fanny Burney, a star of pre revolutionary Versailles and, by her own account, was immediately accepted into the society of theintellectual Parisiennes She a dashing rider and a famous dancer She fell passionately and enduringly in love with the noble soldier she chose, unseen, on the advice of her father She was unusual for her time and class in that her concern from then on was all for her husband and her children for whom her love was powerful and unconditional.But this paragon of a wife and mother was also a ball of activity, strong minded, resourceful and adaptable we hear of her experiences when in hiding from the Terror in Bordeaux, when in flight to America, as a dairy farmer in Upper New York State, in flight again from the Directory, broke in England, as wife of a Napoleonic Pr fet in Brussels, as an ambassadress And she knew everyone In her memoirs we make a clear eyed, sometimes ironic, acquaintance with Marie Antoinette, Josephine, Talleyrand, Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington, Mme de Sta l, Alexander Hamilton, Tallien and dozensfamous personalities The interest never flags.Above all, I liked and admired Mme de La Tour du Pin There is plenty of sentiment in her recollections but no repining, no sentimentality She is a heroine, not a victim, of a frightening period of French history One of my favorite booksEVER Perfect summer reading. N e en , appartenant la noblesse la plus ancienne, Henriette Lucy Dillon pouse enle comte de Gouvernet qui deviendra marquis de La Tour du Pin enGr ce au d vouement de la future Madame Tallien, la comtesse de Gouvernet chappe la Terreur, s embarque Bordeaux pour l Am rique avec sa famille Son Journal apporte quantit d informations, de sc nes et de portraits sur la fin de l ancien r gime, la R volution, la vie sous le Consulat et l Empire Des pages tr s singuli res et amusantes relatent l exil en Am rique, o Henriette Lucy, s cartant de la vie mondaine des autres migr s, se fait fermi re, marque ses armes ses mottes de beurre, se lie d amiti avec les IndiensLes M moires de la marquise de La Tour du Pin s arr tent enAfin de couvrir la p riode comprise enet la mort de l auteur, Christian de Liedekerke Beaufort publie ici des pages de la Correspondance de la marquise avec ses amis, comme par exemple la comtesse de La Rochejacquelein et Madame de Sta l


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