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Michelle de Kretser

The Rose Grower: A Novel of Love and the French Revolution

The Rose Grower: A Novel of Love and the French Revolution

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On a cloudless summer afternoon in 1789, labourers working in the fields around Montsignac, a village in Gascony, saw a man fall out of the sky.

The balloon had drifted over a wooded ridge and into their valley. The farm-workers, straightening up one by one, shaded their eyes against the dazzle of sun on crimson and blue silk. The thing hung in the sky - sumptuous, menacing - like a sign from God or the devil.Then there was thunder and fire, and a man plummeting earthwards.

It was the 14th of July. The world was about to change.. In a remote province of southern France a young woman nutures an ambition to create a repeat-flowering crimson rose, the like of which has never been seen in Europe. Then an American balloonist falls out of the sky and into her life; and the local doctor, who dreams of improving the world, is also drawn into her orbit. A love story begins to unfold against the sensuous green landscape of Gascony.

But the year is 1789 and public events in Paris are closing in on the private world of the Saint-Pierre family. The Rose Grower throws a slanting light on the underside of history, where people find themselves torn between reason and desire, revolutionary zeal and unrequited passion.

Seductive, moving and beautifully written, The Rose Grower is a gripping tale of love, roses and the French Revolution.

Published: 1999
Pages: 303
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780091840495
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