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.At the heart of this novel stands one of the lesser known love stories of the 18 19th Century, that of young D sir e Clary who falls desperately in love with dashing soldier Napoleone Buonaparte But when Napol on, as he will become known, leaves her for Paris and the charms of one Jos phine, D sir e s journey only just begins Spoilers ahead, but only if you re not a history buffWhile her and Napol on s paths recross through the years, D sir e falls in love with one of the Emperors generals, who will end up becoming the Swedish king Jean Baptiste Bernadotte The Swedish royals to this day carry the name BernadotteThe 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 Told as a diary, we read D sir e s deepest secrets and watch as she grows from impatient teenager, waiting for her life to begin, to wife, mother, crown princess and queen.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 The Stunning, Massively Bestselling Story Of Napoleon S First Fianc 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 D Sir E Is Enchanted By The Young Officer, And He Asks Her To Marry Him But He Must Leave For Paris, Where He Meets His Eventual Wife Josephine A Heartbroken D Sir E Is Unsure She Ll Ever Find Anyone Again A Love Story, But So Much , D Sir E Is The Tale Of A Simple Merchant S Daughter Who Ends Up With A Kind Of Royalty She Never Expected An Unforgettable Story Just Waiting To Be Reborn 300. . 2,5. D sir e is one of those old family favorites which I ve read many times and keep coming back to like an old friend It s the sweeping story of D sir e Clary, the daughter of a Marseilles silk merchant, from her early love for and engagement to Napoleon to her later marriage to French Marshal Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, who later became king of Sweden and D sir e queen D sir e herself is one of its chief charms as the book is in the form of an ongoing journal, everything is filtered through her sparkling, direct, and charming personality 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 Although D sir e marries Bernadotte, it s her scenes with Napoleon which are frequently the most arresting and emotional.If you ve read D sir e and are interested in a historical diarist of that time, I d highly recommend Memoirs Of The Duchess D Abrantes, Madame Junot V7. . 50.
Annemarie Selinko September 1, 1914 July 28, 1986 was an Austrian novelist who wrote a number of best selling books in German from the 1930s through the 1950s Although she had been based in Germany, in 1939 at the start of World War II she took refuge in Denmark with her Danish husband, but then in 1943, they again became refugees, this time to Sweden.Many of her novels have been adapted into
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