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  1. says:

    History is Fiction Robespierre This entire book was written in epistolary format, which does not always work for me In fact I think I may have read this a great deal sooner had my daughter not told me that the story unfolded as diary entries That would have been my loss as the writing here is sublime Every sentence just flows into the next and I feel as though I am a fly on the wall looking over Josephine s shoulder as she writes To be accurate though I cannot yet call her Josephine I m History is Fiction Robespierre This entire book was written in epistolary format, which does not always work for me In fact I think I may have read this a great deal sooner had my daughter not told me that the story unfolded as diary entries That would have been my loss as the writing here is sublime Every sentence just flows into ...


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    4.5 stars, just a smidgen under a 5 perfection The form of diary and letters with footnotes was superb It worked for me farthan other fiction narrative forms Rose s writing is indicative of her character, her core, so intensely that it gave a window in itself.But the eyes were the substance here This is history and circumstance as it was seen, not as it was later or further interpreted And I don t need a middle man to interpret history for me First source material is the thing The 4.5 stars, just a smidgen under a 5 perfection The form of diary and letter...


  3. says:

    This was a beautifully crafted book Written in the voice of Josephine after nearly a decade of research by the author, it is intensely captivating and is one of my all time favorite books along with the two that follow it in the trilogy If you re a sucker for histor...


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    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 form that I ve found moving and riveting Bridget Jones s Diary, Flowers for Algernon, and even, believe it or not, a Buffy novel, Go Ask Malice I think what all of them have in common are very stron 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 form that I ve found moving and riveting Bridget Jones s Diary, Flowers for Algernon, and even, believe it or not, a Buffy novel, Go Ask Malice I think what all of them have in common are very strong voices and the way the entries show a change in the character Without a strong personality, diary format can come across as sketchy, with a jerky, stop and go quality, and I m afraid I found the voice created for Josephine very bland and the voice doesn t vary from inexperienced creole girl to a mature sophisticated woman deeply...


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    Gulland certainly goes under the petticoats of this pivotal period in history, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, to provide a day by day commentary of events as they unfolded, narrated by the enigmatic but charismatic Rose, aka Josephine, as named by her second husband.Born in Martinique off Creole heritage and married off to French aristocrat Alexandre de Beauharnais as a replacement to his original choice of her younger sister Catherine who died suddenly and conveniently , Rose ch Gulland certainly goes under the petticoats of this pivotal period in history, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, to provide a day by day commentary of events...


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    image error It s a little embarrassing to review a book I wrote, but I will say this First Readers have been over the moon about Jos phine.Second This e book edition is the first of my e book publishing enterprise, Sandra Gulland INK, and I m very proud of it I read e books a lot, and I often find myself grumbling at the poor design and layout For example, shouldn t a book always open at the cover In the absence of a jacket cover, we need the information that we would normally find there image error It s a little embarrassing to review a book I wrote, but I will say this First Readers have been over the moon about Jos phine.Second This e ...


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    I found this a very exciting smooth read and after every session looked forward to coming back forTakes is from Josephine aka Roses Tascher s childhood on the Caribbean island of Martinique through her troubles marriage to Alexandre De Beuharnais and pre Revolutionary France, the French Revolution and the horrors of the Reign of Terror in which the protagonist husband is executed and she herself escapes execution only by Robespierre s death and the Thermidore coup.Follows on with sharp I found this a very exciting smooth read and after every session looked forward to coming back forTakes is from Josephine aka Roses Tascher s childhood on the Caribbean island of Martinique through her troubles marriage to Alexandre De Beuharnais and pre Revolutionary France, the French Revolution and the horrors of the Reign of Terror in which the protagonist husband is executed and she herself escapes execution only by Robespierre s death and the Thermidore coup.Follows on with sharp insight into post Terror France a...


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    NO SPOILERSI have thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first of Sandra Gulland s trilogy concerning Josephine Bonaparte I have completed ALL three books of the trilogy I think it is very important to read them as one book For that reason I will write one review and let it stand for all three books I think it is wrong to evaluate them differently All three were marvelous Why Well because youu got under the skin of Josephine, who in fact was called Rose until Napolean decided to change her nam NO SPOILERSI have thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first of Sandra Gulland s trilogy concerning J...


  9. says:

    I had a lot of issues with this story While I found the beginning engaging, the story didn t make much sense starting about a third of the way through Her husband tells her she needs to work on her writing skills, yet the novel is in diary form so the reader can see for herself whether her writing needs improvement And, of course, it doesn t Her writing also doesn t change at all as she gets older andexperienced Same verse, same insight Since the author chose to use a diary format, s I had a lot of issues with this story While I found the beginning engaging, the story didn t make much sense starting about a third of the way through Her husband tells her she needs to work on her writing skills, yet the novel is in diary form so the reader can s...


  10. says:

    I fell in love when I read this book Josephine, yes, Napoleon s Josephine became my bff Written in diary form, this book is an intimate portrait of a woman, who happened to live and be a part of interesting times When I started the book, I didn t know the players, and have since researched them all Guilland writes of a real flesh and blood woman, used, abused, honored and ultimately tossed aside I cried knowing the outcome, but Guilland writes to the heart A wonderful read, I zoomed throug I fell in love when I read this book Josephine, yes, Napoleon s Josephine became my bff Written in diary form, this book is an intimate portrait of a woman, who happened to live and be a part of interesting times When I started the book, I didn t know the players, and have since researched them all Guilland writes of a real flesh and blood woman, used, abused, honored and ultimately tosse...


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The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. (Josephine Bonaparte, #1) Since Completing High School History, Few Of Us Have Managed To Keep Straight The Details Of The French Revolution Beyond Suggestions Of Eating Cake And The Effectiveness Of The Guillotine, This Sordid Time Period Has Remained For Many Somewhat Obscure Now, Through The Novel The Many Lives And Secret Sorrows Of Josephine B., Not Only Do We Learn Of The Many Differences Between Robespierre And Rousseau, But We Gain Insight Into The Marriage Of One Of History S Greatest Political Couples Napoleon And Josephine Standing Beside The Charismatic Napoleon, Josephine S Own Importance And Fascinating History Have Often Been Overshadowed In A Fictionalized Account Of Josephine S Diaries And Her Correspondence, Author Sandra Gulland Has Shed Light On Josephine S Pre Napoleon Life This, The First Of Three Books About Josephine, Covers Her Childhood In Martinique, Her First Marriage, The Birth Of Her Children, Her Life During The Revolution, And Her Marriage To Napoleon A Poor Creole Outsider As Well As A Rising Socialite, Josephine Experienced Both The Horrors Of Imprisonment And The Privilege Of Connections Utilizing These Different Perspectives, Gulland Takes Special Care To Bring Forth The Reality Of Life In Late 18th Century France Though She Can Only Theorize On Josephine S Emotions And Desires, Gulland S Talented Writing And The Restrained Use Of Footnotes Keep The Reader Properly Informed On Pertinent Details, Whether They Be Obscure Political Events Or Voodoo Beliefs While Professional Historians May Bristle At The Artistic License Gulland Employs, Most Readers Will Find Her Novel A Satisfying And Engaging Introduction To This Dramatic PeriodNancy R.E O Brien