The human, as well as the political, story of the Congress of Vienna, which its attempt to include as many types,...

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FEAST OF THE JESTER

The human, as well as the political, story of the Congress of Vienna, which its attempt to include as many types, nationalities and levels, with all their selfish and patriotic aims, revolves with great commotion around the figure of Coco Musset, up from the Paris slums to become the toast of Vienna. Contrasting the battlefront of the old order is the ogre of the common people demanding its rights, and the agents in each camp are aligned- from the market sellers, hackmen, through the soldiers, actors, diplomats and royalty. Against the attempts for peace, argued and debated, is Coco's rise, not only to fame but to a wider understanding of love. And while ""Congress dances but does not move one step"", while gossip is for sale at every turn, Napoleon's march bursts the bubble, brings back reality. A huge cast of characters, of kaleidoscopic episodes, this maintains a rapid pace for its international incidents, its cinematic portrayal.

Pub Date: Oct. 24, 1947

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Farrar, Straus

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1947