A Place of Greater Safety

Hilary Mantel

fiction historical
reflective slow-paced

749 pages | first published 1992

Capturing the violence, tragedy, history, and drama of the French Revolution, this novel focuses on the families and loves of three men who led the Revolution--Danton, the charismatic leader and orator; Robespierre, the cold rationalist; and Desmoulins, the rabble-rouser.

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summary of 147 ratings (see reviews)

Moods

dark 100%
emotional 75%
reflective 75%
tense 75%
challenging 50%
funny 50%
informative 50%
inspiring 25%
sad 25%

Pace

slow 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 100%

Average rating

4.15