By Hilary Mantel
From the double guy Booker prize-winner comes a unprecedented paintings of old mind's eye – this can be Hilary Mantel’s epic novel of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, lively and debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent and frightened of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, fascinating and good-looking, but additionally erratic and untrustworthy. As those younger males, key figures of the French Revolution, style the addictive delights of strength, the darker aspect of the period’s political beliefs is unleashed – and all needs to face the horror that follows.
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Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, . . ” Darcy’s magisterial judgment of people “whose first object in life is a joke” is presented as if it were a universal. Elizabeth’s “certainly” accepts that universal, but she then distinguishes herself from “them” by validating her own judgment, her ability to differentiate between “what is wise or good” and the follies, nonsense, whims and inconsistencies that do deserve her ridicule. A second, implicit area of judgment here is the distinction between jokes and ridicule: joking seems to be indiscriminate, while ridicule has a carefully judged object.
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