Not impressed The flap copy calls this a Romantic novel in every
sense of the word which it is it s a romance aof the word which it is it s a romance a story and also a story set in The Last Rendezvous A Novel is the fictional autobiography of the dedicated poet and reluctant actress Marceline Desbordes Val who lived from 1786 to 1859 As Anne Plantagenet notes in her Acknowledgments to the novel this novel distorts historical
reality throughout The actual life of Marceline Desbordes Val French woman of letters b Douai 1786 d Paris 1859 wasthroughout The actual life of Marceline Desbordes Val French woman of letters b Douai 1786 d Paris 1859 was uite different from the one recounted here And Marcelin. Women are not supposed to write; yet I write Marceline Desbordes ValIn 1817 at the late age of thirty three Marceline Desbordes the actress and Romantic poet the only woman counted by Paul Verlaine among his poètes maudits or accursed poets a roup that included Victor Hugo Charles Baudelaire and Alfred de Vigny marries Prosper Val a fellow actor who brings love and stability to her turbulent life Such stability does not last however We meet Marceline just before she is about to leave Paris yet again in search of better work for her and. Th her reclusive and eccentric lover The intensity and depth with which Plantagenet reveals the uandaries that beset Marceline are dwelt on as though they come from the personal explorations contained in an intimate journalPlantagenet alternates chapters between the young Marceline who is torn away from her father and other siblings in her mother s elopement of the spirit to the Antilles islands her mother succumbs to ill health and the older emotionally drained Marceline who can only find respite in arms of her physically unattracti Don t remember this at al. E We feel her hurt as she buries child after child
*her dream of being a mother deferred cruelly time and time again *dream of being a mother deferred cruelly time and time again most of all we share in her transcendence of daily life as she achieves the height of her art and rises above her circumstances avoiding the sad fates of her widowed father and siblings who fall prey to drink and madness The Last Rendezvous is a Romantic novel in every sense of the word and is as irresistible as
its tragic but triumphant leading lady who chose to live her lifetragic but triumphant leading lady who chose to live her life daring as a modern woman ahead of her ti. ,
FREE READ Í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · Anne PlantagenetE Desbordes Val would not have told her story as I have She would not have told it at all Marceline definitely is not portrayed as
*A SHRINKING VIOLET IN THE LAST *shrinking violet in The Last In fact she appears to wallow in her emotions while disregarding those of her husband Prosper Val as well as those of her lover and inspiration for most of her
poetic enius Hyacinthe Thabaud de Latouche familiarly known as Henri For a large portion of the novel Marceline portraysgenius Hyacinthe Thabaud de Latouche familiarly known as Henri For a large portion of the novel Marceline portrays as being torn between the stability that her husband provides and the intoxication of her romantic involvement wi. Her husband It is always hard to leave vibrant sophisticated Paris but Marceline is torn now also from Henri Latouche her unattractive dilettante but utterly captivating loverWe witness Marceline's transformation from a celebrated actress to a struggling poet trying desperately to leave the stage behind her once and for all embarrassed by playing ingenues as she advances in years despite the adulation of her audience We watch her fall in love repeatedly with a young soldier with the handsome actor she is to marry with the #Ill Fated Latouch. #fated Latouch.