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by Mark Steel

“Thank goodness . . . for Mark Steel. Engagingly lighthearted while clearly thorough, the author has taken the events of the French Revolution and given them a human face, as well as neatly poking fun at the over-pomposity with which our recent historians have dealt with the period.”—The Observer

“With Vive La Revolution [Steel] examines the raw material of 1789, not so much in search of laughs as in an attempt to reclaim the first popular revolution from the dry historians.”—Scotsman

“A cross between a history of the French Revolution and a spirited defense of the ideals that inspired it.”—The Independent

“Steel expertly guides the reader through the philosophies, protagonists, failures and serious legacy of the events of 1789.”—Guardian

Vive la Revolution is an uproariously serious work of history. Brilliantly funny and insightful, it puts individual people back at the center of the story of the French Revolution, telling this remarkable story as it has never been told before.

For the Haymarket edition, Steel has added a new preface for North American readers and revised the book to address parallel themes in US history.

Download Vive la Revolution: A Stand-up History of the French Revolution epub
ISBN: 193185937X
ISBN13: 978-1931859370
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Humor
Author: Mark Steel
Language: English
Publisher: Haymarket Books; 2003 edition (December 1, 2006)
Pages: 293 pages
ePUB size: 1403 kb
FB2 size: 1521 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 607
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I’m struggling to finish this book. I’m an American Francophile, and this book portrays the French Revolution through an intensely British lens. In many ways, I feel like I’m reading a book about Britain rather than France, as it seems to continuously compare and contrast British and French historical events. Furthermore, a lot of the humor is lost on me. I think it’s just one of those cultural things that doesn’t translate across the Atlantic. If you’re British, this is probably a great resource. If you’re anything else, maybe not so much. For me it’s really a three star book, but I gave it four because I realize I’m probably not the intended audience.
The book gives an inteligent reader the real flavor of the events, the feeling of the atmosphere in which the french revolution started and developed. and this is done with humor and love towards all the participants. Mark Steel adores and understands the mob the aristocrats, the king and queen the french language but all of those are delicately smirked at. His knowlege of dates and facts never makes the narrative dull or boring.His thinking creatively takes situations into our update reality and effectively compares them to current events. Vive Mark Steel!
This is a hilarious account of how the Great French Revolution developed, and although Mark Steel is a stand-up comedian rather than an academic historian, I think he does a brilliant job of getting the historical part right. That is, he not only has his facts straight but (in my professional opinion as a historian of the French Revolution) he has selected and balanced and presented them in a way that makes perfect historical sense. As an American, I had never heard of Mark Steel before I came upon this book, but I later learned that he is among Great Britain's best-known humorists. I do not find that surprising.
Mark Steel does a good job of making the French Revolution come to life. He gives us a feel for the huge leap made from awe at the very sight of royalty to disgust at the aristocratic nerve of them. His perspective isn't perfect as the humor occasionally reflects the real story with an adolescent pall. Still, I don't see him as pretending that what he has to say is the encyclopedic version of that revolution, but he does convey how extremely pressing the real life issues were for the French. I enjoyed reading the book and did pick up some information which helped me see the situation with more depth. If occasionally he made a small error in detail, I can see how easy that would be to do. Chroniclers argue about what actually happened yesterday, so having some problems getting it all straight several hundred years later seems inevitable. He conveys his enthusiasm for the subject matter which is what good teachers can do.
This is a one-of-a-kind effort. Hard to find anything positive about the French Revolution these days. So I was very glad to have it. You will too.
Knights from Bernin
When I started reading I didn't really know much about the french revolution. And now I'm no expert but I feel very well informed. I like how it just doesn't say what happens but also explains the big picture and connects everything, as well as captures the feeling of France during the revolution.
It was very interesting I could not put the book down.
Even if you're not a history geek I'm sure you'll love this book :)
This book is hilarious
Hilarious and interesting! This book was exactly what I hoped it would be.