First published in , this riveting true-life tale comes to life in diary form, giving readers an inside glimpse at the young Napoleon and his family. But he must leave for Paris, where he meets his eventual wife Josephine. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions.
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First published in , this riveting true-life tale comes to life in diary form, giving readers an inside glimpse at the young Napoleon and his family. But he must leave for Paris, where he meets his eventual wife Josephine.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. She officially changed her name there to Desideria, which she did not use herself. View all 7 comments. Aug 02, Cordula rated it it was amazing. Maybe this book is not a literary masterpiece, but its pages have become like old friends over time. When I was a teenager this book was passed on to me by my mother, who had also read it when she was my age.
The pages are now littered with the teenage dreams of two generations, I guess. Spoilers ahead, but only if you're not a history buff The Swedish royals to this day carry the name Bernadotte The book has its cheesy moments, undoubtedly. But it does tell a real story, albeit with some embellishment on the side.
But what would a historical novel be without it? I have read this book many times. For many it will probably not deserve a five-star rating.
But I can open my old copy, which is almost falling apart at this point, anywhere and just read on. I know this book, inside and out. And that alone is part of its charm Aimee So many people reading their mothers copy! Fi So many people reading their mothers copy! Finally for Christmas one year I found the exact same translation and got it for all three of us, so no more fights and mom got a pretty new copy so the old book can rest easy on her shelf.
I read it for the first time when I was a year-old, shy, overweight girl just entering high school in , and I fell in love with it then. Today, I just found a paperback printing of it that is, remarkably, still in pretty good shape, at our local Goodwill.
Historically, I find it largely convincing though I'd still like to read a good biography of Bernadotte to see if her picture of him is accurate , particularly in the portrayal of Napoleon, who can easily turn into a caricature of himself if handled wrongly; Selinko makes him entirely believable, as an egotistical tyrant, but also as a human being. View all 3 comments. Nov 15, Behrokh rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ah,Finally the book "Desiree" is over. Some parts of the book were boring to me. My favorite character in this book is undoubtedly "Napoleon Bonaparte". I learned some good information about historical events. Feb 21, Bettie rated it really liked it Shelves: one-penny-wonder , tbr-busting , sweden , published , napoleonic , paper-read , france , epistolatory-diary-blog , hardback , revolution. A sombre nod. The nod Napoleon might have given if somebody had met him in and said, "So, you're back from Moscow, eh?
Wodehouse, Mike and Psmith Malmaison View all 16 comments. Shelves: historicalfiction. The bad first - it is fictional and it is basically chick-lit. But seriously All of these are true historical facts and make in themselves a compelling read. In her diary entries which run from about to The bad first - it is fictional and it is basically chick-lit.
In her diary entries which run from about to , she describes in detail the events of the late French Revolution and Napoleon's power, but there is always the personal aspect of a woman who supports the Revolution, loves her husband, her son and her family beyond anything and fears for their wellfare and safety. It is a lovestory somewhere in there , it is historical and it is incredibly entertaining. Mar 15, Misfit rated it liked it Shelves: france , get-it-from-the-library , historical-fiction , one-time-read-only , everyone-loved-it-but-me , napoleon.
But for the fact that she went to get her brother out of jail Enchanted by the young officer, she invites him and his brother Joseph to her home - where Joseph finds himself attracted to her sister Julie and her very generous dowry. As interesting as much of this history was, I found myself snoozing off at times as the author lost me with a too busy cast of characters, too many of which were always called "your royal highness" and nothing else that I had a hard time following who was who.
Worse yet, the diary format really painted the author into quite a corner and she had a hard time getting herself out of it at times - frankly she fell out of that corner on more than one occasion. Writing in your diary and you quote verbatim a long long letter from your son? I don't think so. If you're a big fan of anything and everything Napoleonic and want to read more I'd go for it, but definitely not for a first time reader of this period in France's history.
Shelves: hf-napoleonic-era , read , french-revolution , passport-books , austrian-fiction , historical-fiction. Page "As long as we had General Bonaparte in Italy we won all the battles and the Austrians begged for peace. As soon as he's away to carry our glory overseas everything is upside down.
Napoleon had broken the pre-arranged crowing ritual and had crowned himself! Caulaincourt negotiated for him with the victors. On April 4th he signed his declaration of abdication. View all 19 comments. Feb 25, Amalie rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , scandinavian. I got this book from the library for my mother who enjoys these historical romance novels but I also ended up reading it.
For those of you who can read German, it's better to check out the original version of the book, though I have no complains about this translation, I'm sure that is even better. One should not think this is the story of Napoleon Bonaparte, this is very much her story. It gives the reader an inside glimpse at the young Napoleon and his family, his days as the Emperor and on to his final defeat at Waterloo.
From what I understood Napoleon choose Josephine over her is because of wealth but he continues to have a strong bond with her. And I just noticed how these dictatorial men don't seemed to have had a love life: Hitler, Napoleon, Lord Voldemort Then the wars, invasions There are certain places melodramatic but then you learn they really happened, I wonder perhaps little exaggerated?
For an example: view spoiler [When Napoleon leaves Desiree for Josephine, she wants to throw herself off a bridge, but is waylaid by a tall, handsome gentleman who she eventually marries who becomes King Charles XIV John of Sweden.
In his memoirs, dictated while he was in exile on the island of St. As a little girl Desiree received a diary from her beloved father and through it she narrates In his memoirs, dictated while he was in exile on the island of St. As a little girl Desiree received a diary from her beloved father and through it she narrates her story. Desiree first meets Napoleon through his brother Joseph, who will later become her brother-in-law, and takes a fancy to the young and determined General.
Desiree by Selinko Annemarie, First Edition
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Annemarie Selinko 1 September — 28 July was an Austrian novelist who wrote a number of best-selling books in German from the s through the s. Although she had been based in Germany, in at the start of World War II she took refuge in Denmark with her Danish husband, but then in , they again became refugees, this time to Sweden. Many of her novels have been adapted into movies and all have been translated into numerous languages. It is dedicated to her sister Liselotte, who was murdered by the Nazis. Translated into 25 languages, in it was turned into a major Hollywood movie starring Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.