City of Darkness, City of Light




      City of Darkness, City of Light
In her most splendid, thought provoking novel yet, Marge Piercy brings to vibrant life three women who play prominent roles in the tumultuous, bloody French Revolution as well as their famous male counterparts Defiantly independent Claire Lacombe tests her theory if men can make things happen, perhaps women can too Manon Philipon finds she has a talent for politics albeit as the ghostwriter of her husband s speeches And Pauline L on knows one thing for certain the women must apply the pressure or their male colleagues will let them starve While illuminating the lives of Robespierre, Danton, and Condorcet, Piercy also opens to us the minds and hearts of women who change their world, live their ideals and are prepared to die for them. Download City of Darkness, City of Light by Marge Piercy – heartforum.co.uk

Marge Piercy born March 31, 1936 is an American poet, novelist, and social activist She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers, a sweeping historical novel set during World War II.Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a family deeply affected by the Great Depression She was the first in her family to attend college, studying at the University of Michigan Winning a Hopwood Award for Poetry and Fiction 1957 enabled her to finish college and spend some time in France, and her formal schooling ended with an M.A from Northwestern University Her first book of poems, Breaking Camp, was published in 1968.An indifferent student in her early years, Piercy developed a love of books when she came down with rheumatic fever in her mid childhood and could do little but read It taught me that there s a different world there, that there were all these horizons that were quite different from what I could see, she said in a 1984 interview.As of 2013, she is author of seventeen volumes of poems, among them The Moon is Always Female 1980, considered a feminist classic and The Art of Blessing the Day 1999 , as well as fifteen novels, one play The Last White Class, co authored with her third and current husband Ira Wood , one collection of essays Parti colored Blocks for a Quilt , one non fiction book, and one memoir.Her novels and poetry often focus on feminist or social concerns, although her settings vary While Body of Glass published in the US as He, She and It is a science fiction novel that won the Arthur C Clarke Award, City of Darkness, City of Light is set during the French Revolution Other of her novels, such as Summer People and The Longings of Women are set during the modern day All of her books share a focus on women s lives.Woman on the Edge of Time 1976 mixes a time travel story with issues of social justice, feminism, and the treatment of the mentally ill This novel is considered a classic of utopian speculative science fiction as well as a feminist classic William Gibson has credited Woman on the Edge of Time as the birthplace of Cyberpunk Piercy tells this in an introduction to Body of Glass Body of Glass He, She and It 1991 postulates an environmentally ruined world dominated by sprawling mega cities and a futuristic version of the Internet, through which Piercy weaves elements of Jewish mysticism and the legend of the Golem, although a key story element is the main character s attempts to regain custody of her young son.Many of Piercy s novels tell their stories from the viewpoints of multiple characters, often including a first person voice among numerous third person narratives Her World War II historical novel, Gone To Soldiers 1987 follows the lives of nine major characters in the United States, Europe and Asia The first person account in Gone To Soldiers is the diary of French teenager Jacqueline Levy Monot, who is also followed in a third person account after her capture by the Nazis.Piercy s poetry tends to be highly personal free verse and often addresses the same concern with feminist and social issues Her work shows commitment to the dream of social change what she might call, in Judaic terms, tikkun olam, or the repair of the world , rooted in story, the wheel of the Jewish year, and a range of landscapes and settings.She lives in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her husband, Ira Wood from Wikipedia

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  • 479 pages
  • City of Darkness, City of Light
  • Marge Piercy
  • English
  • 07 November 2018
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10 thoughts on “ City of Darkness, City of Light

  1. Kim says:

    My friend Jemidar and I decided to read this book together because after finishing Hilary Mantel s wonderful A Place of Greater Safety, we missed its chief protagonists, that is, Camille Desmoulins, Georges Jacques Danton and Maximilien Robespierre, and we wanted to further immerse ourselves in the events of the French Revolution The novel tells the stories of Danton and Robespierre, along with those of three other players in the Revolution actress Claire Lacombe and chocolate maker Pauline My friend Jemidar and I decided to read this book together because after finishing Hilary Mantel s wonderful A Place of Greater Safety, we missed its chief protagonists, that is, Camille Desmoulins, Georges Jacques Danton and Maximilien Robespierre, and we wanted to further immerse ourselves in the events of the French Revolution The novel tells the stories of Danton and Robespierre, along with those of three other players in the Revolution actress Claire Lacombe and chocolate maker Pauline L on who between them founded and led the influential Society of Revolutionary Women , middle class political activist Manon Roland and mathematician, philosopher and politician Nicolas Condo...

  2. Debbie Zapata says:

    I generally adore Marge Piercy s books, but this one beat me to a pulp It is an ambitious tale about the French Revolution, and has six major real life characters My problem here is that each chapter is told from a different character s viewpoint For the first six chapters this is fine we are introduced to each person, get to know them and their backgrounds a little bit, then we go rushing off to the next person But after those first six chapters, the alternation becomes annoying The I generally adore Marge Piercy s books, but this one beat me to a pulp It is an ambitious tale about the French Revolution, and has six major real life characters My problem here is that ...

  3. Christine says:

    Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley Perhaps the most common thing every nation in the world shares is its ability to leave people behind when progressive change occurs Abigail Adams reminded her husband to not forget women when America was being founded, and of course, he did Women helped in World War I and they still didn t even have the vote There are still debates about whether African American women should put men s rights before all rights In fact, that is not doubt true for any minority Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley Perhaps the most common thing every nation in the world shares is its ability to leave people behind when progressive change occurs Abigail Adams reminded her husband to not forget women when America was being founded, and of course, he did Women helped in World War I and they still didn t even ha...

  4. Jemidar says:

    Well written and very well researched novel about the French Revolution which refreshingly included a couple of characters who are not amoung the usual suspects when reading about the revolution Besides the well known Danton and Robespeirre and the slightly lesser known Manon Roland and Nicolas Condorcet, we also follow Claire Lacombe and Pauline Leon who founded the first al...

  5. Geneva says:

    I started this book, read 25 chapters, then stopped Then, four days ago, I picked it up again and finished the last 60 chapters Still, I really did enjoy this book because it put some prominent people of the French Revolution in a closer perspective History puts many people, such as Danton and Robespierre, in a very dark light and we get a very dark point of view in history However, with this novel, we re able to glimpse a small part of humanity in these people why they began the I started this book, read 25 chapters, then stopped Then, four days ago, I picked it up again and finished the last 60 chapters Still, I really did enjoy this book because it put some prominent people of the French Revolution in a closer perspective History puts many people, such as Danton and Robespierre, in a very dark light and we get a very dark point of view in history However, with this novel, we re able to glimpse a small part of humanity in these people why they began the revolution, and what they hoped for in this revolution The French Revolution was at a very dark time, and it showed some of the lowest depths to where humanity can go Moreover, this novel records what happened from many interesting face...

  6. Anna says:

    To be honest, I was initially certain that this novel couldn t equal the incandescently brilliant A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel This put it at rather a disadvantage, but nonetheless I ended up enjoying it nearly as much as Mantel s masterpiece Piercy uses six different points of view to show how the French Revolution unfolded, of which three are women This is where the two novels differed most importantly, in my view In A Place of Greater Safely I felt very close to To be honest, I was initially certain that this novel couldn t equal the incandescently brilliant A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel This put it at rather a disadvantage, but nonetheless I ended up enjoying it nearly as much as Mantel s masterpiece Piercy uses six different points of view to show how the French Revolution unfolded, of which three are women This is where the two novels differed most importantly, in my view In A Place of Greater Safely I felt very close to Robespierre, Danton, and Camille Desmoulins the latter was particularly sensitively portrayed In City of Darkness, City of Light I felt closer to the three women, Manon Roland, Pauline L on, and Claire Lacombe Their narratives were beautifully done and truly moving I ve previously read a non fiction account of key women during the revolution, Liberty by Lucy Moore, but found that much less engaging I should mention th...

  7. Natalie says:

    This book was very well written, but the first half dragged for me In the beginning, I struggled to keep the characters and their backgrounds straight I put the book down for about a month, and when I had a littletime, to read, I picked it up again The second half went muchqu...

  8. Marisa says:

    brilliant read it 3 times

  9. Simon says:

    I enjoyed this and it certainly makes the events of the French Revolution palpable I did not love it, however, because the writing seemed to eschew any sense of interpersonal drama and incident.

  10. J.C. says:

    I found this a real page turner, although with 595 pages you do need a bit of space in which to delve into it I was travelling ten hours by ferry so I was able to indulge myself Not that the subject matter is easy the French Revolution but being a coward at heart I have always admired people who are willing to give up family, home, safety and comfort for an ideal This book takes you through a fictionalised account of six real life people whose influe...

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