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["The Changing of the Guard" is a] thoroughly enjoyable novel, wry and witty, that really takes the reader out of himself and into the civilized world of banter and intrigue behind the scenes at the making of a perhaps great film. In Paris a famous film actor, his alcoholic actress wife who is making a comeback, an actress who is getting her first big break and a stinging, moody, deliberately insulting New Wave director are filming the last days of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette…. The personalities of the historical figures are emerging and begin to have a fascinating effect on the 20th century people who are telling and acting out their story. The touching drama of Louis and his 'Toinette moves us deeply even as we laugh with delight at the very human peccadillos of the film people, on stage and off. This could be a real winner for the same audience that enjoyed "The War Between the Tates."
A review of "The Changing of the Guard," in Publishers Weekly (reprinted from the November 25, 1974 issue of Publishers Weekly, published by R. R. Bowker Company, a Xerox company; copyright © 1974 by Xerox Corporation), Vol. 206, No. 22, November 25, 1974, p. 39.