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Desiree narrates the story via her diary, which reads like YA for about pages before it accedes to the consciousness of a slightly more mature lady. I don’t know if it’s the diary style, the translation, or if I’ve just changed very drastically since then. Desiree manages to brave turn-of-the-century France with terrific aplomb; she pretends she’s stupid, is treated like she’s stupid, and ends up — according to the novel — getting Napoleon to capitulate to the Allies in Or rather, I can see myself being attracted to these things as an adult.

Excellent older book by Annemarie Selinko about the life of Eugenie Desiree Clary, a silk merchant’s daughter, who was the first love of Napoleon Bonaparte. Show More Show Less. I loved this book. In she moved to Copenhagen, and subsequently lived in Stockholm, Paris and London, before returning to Copenhagen. But what would a historical novel be without it?


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It is desiee lovestory somewhere in thereit is historical and it is incredibly entertaining. Selinko, for instance, paints a picture of Napoleon’s mother as being hard-working and ever-so-loving, even though that is in contradiction to recent note-worthy biographies about the Bounapartes. On April 4th he signed his declaration of abdication.

It has been translated into 25 languages and in was turned into a movie with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. The first person narration was a bit annoying at times – and the writer clearly shifted POV several times per chapter, but still, it is well written and amazingly well researched only a few errors that I could spot, one of which being the mention of inbreeding being the cause of medical problems. Andreas Lamm hide caption. Then the wars, invasions Refresh and try again. A Novel by John GrishamHardcover Get to Know Us.

Mar 28, Lucy rated it really liked it. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously. Lists with This Book. Read an annmearie of Desiree. All of these are true historical facts and make in themselves a compelling read. I just wrote a long review and it somehow disappeared. I now have a library full of titles regarding those two topics. This page was last edited on 14 Februaryat See all 74 reviews. It was the catalyst for my interest in Napoleon and the French Empire.


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Desiree – Selinko Annemarie

She officially changed her name there to Desideria, which she did not use herself. Desiree by Annemarie SelinkoHardcover 2 product ratings 5.

From the very beginning we can see her determination when it came to saving the raggedy young Napoleon at the beginning of his annemaeie.

In the end, this book was a great read. Empathetic experience had given me hope. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The nod Napoleon might have given if somebody had met him in and said, “So, you’re back from Moscow, eh?

My guess is that a novel about a girl of minor intelligence who feels on a grand selniko and who walks across the grand stage of history opened up some possibilities. Iowans very happy with th DVDs.