Memoirs of a French Courtesan: Volume 1: Rebellion


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Practical Fox
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.51 inches | 0.54 pounds

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About the Author

Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance writer, book editor, literary translator, and indie publisher. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Popular Science, How Stuff Works, and more. She previously translated Voyage Around My Room by Xavier de Maistre. She lives in Oregon and works out of a fancy shed in her backyard.


NetGalley Reviewers:

4/5 stars This is a translated memoir of a French courtesan from 1858. It's the first book in a series and so far it's very sad to read what this young girl has thus experienced with life. However, you can see that underneath is a strong and soon to emerge woman who I'm looking forward to reading more about. https: //

4/5 stars You may feel, from the title and topic of this book that it would be full of lurid, scandalous details. It is not. I found it fascinating to read the words of not only a 'common' woman, from a time when we typically only read from well-educated men, but also to read of circumstances that aren't pretty. Life was dismal and tough for many back then. And rather than reading it out of a Dickens novel, we get the layman's terms of a young woman's life. Some of the finesse may have been lost in translation at times but it is a fascinating first story for women's history aficionados. I'm keen to see where Celeste's life goes from here! https: //

4/5 stars 4/5 stars This story is unfortunately one that many women are familiar with; a life of abuse, running, and neglect. I felt a whirlwind of emotions reading this book. I started off angered and saddened by the treatment of Celeste and her mother. Midway through I was frustrated by her naivety and again angered by the treatment she received. And at the end I excited by her new found empowerment. I enjoyed how rich the character development and felt that I really understood and knew everyone intimately. I wish the next volume were out so that I could continue learning more about Celeste's journey.