Reviews of I Am Madame X (2003)
Review by mojosmom (2004-08-16)
I was so looking forward to this book, but I'm afraid it was a disappointment. I don't know if it was the difficulty inherent in writing a novel about a real person about whom little is known but much is speculated, but Diliberto's Virginie Gautreau is little more than a stick figure. The same is true of the other characters.
Even though it is written in the first person, we get no sense of who Virginie is, or what she is feeling.
It's too bad, because she's a tantalizing figure about whom a good book could be written. But this isn't it.