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Zibeline   By: (1831-1911)

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Zibeline by Philippe Massa is an enthralling and beautifully written novel that takes readers on a journey through time, delivering a tale of love, loss, and redemption. The author's exquisite storytelling skills shine through, captivating readers from the very first page.

The story follows the life of the bold and resilient protagonist, Zibeline, as she navigates the treacherous waters of 18th-century France. Zibeline, a young woman with an indomitable spirit, finds herself thrust into a world of political intrigue, betrayal, and danger. As she traverses the aristocratic circles of Versailles, Zibeline's determination to seek justice and reclaim her rightful place becomes the driving force behind the narrative.

Massa skillfully weaves together historical events and fictional elements, creating a rich tapestry of vivid descriptions and engrossing plotlines. The author's attention to detail in capturing the nuances of the time period lends an authenticity to the story, immersing readers in a world of opulence, decadence, and societal constraints.

One of the highlights of Zibeline is the depth and complexity of its characters. Zibeline herself is a remarkable woman, defying societal norms and challenging authority at every turn. Her strength and resilience in the face of adversity make her an instantly likable and relatable character. The supporting cast is equally well-developed, each playing a vital role in shaping the narrative and providing insightful commentary on the intricacies of human nature.

The pacing of the novel is masterfully done, maintaining a steady rhythm that keeps readers eagerly turning pages. Massa deftly balances moments of intense action and suspense with more introspective and emotional scenes, creating a satisfying narrative arc that keeps readers engaged until the very end.

Moreover, Massa's prose is nothing short of poetic. His lyrical writing style evokes a sense of time and place, transporting readers to the lavish courts of 18th-century France. The author's command of language is impressive, with evocative descriptions and an eloquent narrative voice that further enhances the reading experience.

If there is one criticism to be made, it is that at times, the story can become slightly convoluted due to the multitude of characters and plotlines. However, Massa admirably ties up loose ends and brings the story to a satisfying resolution, ensuring a gratifying reading experience overall.

In conclusion, Zibeline is a captivating historical novel that deserves recognition for its meticulous attention to detail, well-crafted characters, and compelling storytelling. Philippe Massa's talent for blending history and fiction is truly remarkable, and fans of historical fiction will find themselves swept away by this enchanting tale.

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By Philippe De Massa

Translated By D. Knowlton Ranous


MARQUIS DE MASSA, soldier, composer, and French dramatist, was born in Paris, December 5, 1831. He selected the military career and received a commission in the cavalry after leaving the school of St. Cyr. He served in the Imperial Guards, took part in the Italian and Franco German Wars and was promoted Chief of Squadron, Fifth Regiment, Chasseurs a Cheval, September 10, 1871. Having tendered his resignation from active service, he was appointed a lieutenant colonel in the territorial army February 3, 1880. He has been decorated with the Legion of Honor.

The Marquis de Massa is known as a composer of music and as a dramatic author and novelist. At the Opera Comique there was represented in 1861 Royal Cravate, written by him. Fragments of two operas by him were performed at the Paris Conservatory of Music in 1865, and in 1868. The list of his principal plays follows: 'Le Service en campagne, comedy (1882); La Cicatrice, comedy (1885); Au Mont Ida, Fronsac a La Bastille, and La Coeur de Paris, all in 1887; La Czarine and Brouille depuis Magenta (1888), and La Bonne Aventure all comedies 1889. Together with Petipa he also wrote a ballet Le Roi d'Yvetot (1866); music by Charles Labarre... Continue reading book >>

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