An improbable plot propels it, characters are flat and there's lots of "bucking and plunging" and "stirred You're giggling now, too. Dietrich is not a bad writer. At times, Gage finds himself in situations that are genuinely funny. Dietrich also knows history -- even if it is a "Cliff Notes" version.
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In the end, though, I was bored. Gage comes across as a cockier, better-equipped, and better-looking Forrest Gump who saunters in and out of history, but chocolates or not, Gump at least had a metaphor for it all. There's no such imagery here. She blogs at carolebarrowman.
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The first was the Room of the Union, the head wall hung with a scroll of the Atlantic, with Philadelphia on one side and Le Havre on the other, the intervening sea topped by an airborne half-naked woman who represented peace by holding an olive branch in her fingers. Why the doxies in these European paintings always have their clothes slipping off I don't know, but I must say it's a custom my own more staid America could emulate. Next to the mural were enough foliage, flowers, and folderol to start a forest fire. The next two rooms had busts of my late mentor Benjamin Franklin and the recently deceased George Washington, respectively.
Outside in the park was an obelisk with allegorical figures representing France and America, and the whole affair was frocked with tricolor bunting. Rose petals floated in pools and fountains, rented peacocks strutted on lawns, and artillery banged salutes. It seemed to me that Despeaux had earned his money, and that I, finally, was among.
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