The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.
In this first of three books inspired by the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Sandra Gulland has created a novel of immense and magical proportions. We meet Josephine in the exotic and lush Martinico, where an old island woman predicts that one day she will be queen. The journey from the remote... show more
In this first of three books inspired by the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Sandra Gulland has created a novel of immense and magical proportions. We meet Josephine in the exotic and lush Martinico, where an old island woman predicts that one day she will be queen. The journey from the remote village of her birth to the height of European elegance is long, but Josephine's fortune proves to be true. By way of fictionalized diary entries, we traverse her early years as she marries her one true love, bears his children, and is left betrayed, widowed, and penniless. It is Josephine's extraordinary charm, cunning, and will to survive that catapults her to the heart of society, where she meets Napoleon, whose destiny will prove to be irrevocably intertwined with hers.
Publish date: August 3rd 1999
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
Series: Josephine Bonaparte (#1)
This purports to be the diary of Josephine Bonaparte from the time she was a fourteen-year-old plantation owner's daughter in Martinique in 1777 to her marriage to Napoleon in 1796. That's its weakness and it's strength. The weakness, I think, being that diary format. There are novels told in diary ...
2.5 starsI have never been interested in Napoleon, nonetheless one of his wives. But I am fascinated by the French Revolution and this book centers largely around that period of time. Also, since I had very little knowledge about Rose (aka Josephine), I was intrigued. However, I did not find the nov...
What a great introduction to Josephine (Rose). Typically I do not like the diary style of writing but Gulland skillfully makes it work. This is the first of series and I am sold. We meet Josephine as a young girl living on a sugar cane plantation and follow her to France to be married to her first h...
I could not get past the first 3 or 4 pages.This is written in a first person epistolary style. Just could not get into it. Might try another time.
An interesting and fairly readable book about Josephine Bonaparte and her amazing life. A bit choppy in the execution, but most lovers of HF should like this one. For the complete review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com/content_43421109892