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Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe (The Joséphine B. Trilogy Book 2) (English Edition) di [Gulland, Sandra]
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By casting her narrative in the form of a first-person journal, Gulland invests it with vividness and immediacy, so that one sometimes forgets it is a historical novel, and reads it with a real sense of surprise at each development (Times Metro)

''The second instalment of Sandra Gulland's gripping novel about Josephine Bonaparte finds our heroine ensconced as the initially reluctant spouse of the great man ... Through the gossipy, incident-packed medium of Josephine's journal, we get a breathlessly condensed version of the last days of the 18th century and a warts-and-all account of Napoleon that is both fun and informative. The best thing, though, is the picture that emerges of Josephine herself - capricious, coquettish and alluring by turns, she comes across as eminently likeable and the sort of woman over whom one can well imagine an Emperor losing his head' The Times

'This is a fascinating peep behind the scenes into the humanity of an important period of European history' Good Book Guide

Straightforward and likeable re-telling of the life of Josephine Buonaparte is laced with ribbons and period detail (Independent)

Packed with captivating historical detail (Daily Telegraph)

'[Sandra Gulland] brings the characters and setting to vivid life' Middlesbrough Evening Gazette

Gulland has huge fun ... nothing seems beyond the grasp of her imagination. In her hands Josephine B puts in a stellar performance. Now tender, now triste, she's the Jackie O of her day' (Guardian)

'This book is a traditional treat, a carefully researched and literate historical novel' Western Mail Cardiff

Richly detailed historical novel (Nottingham Evening Post)

'A worthy successor to the first volume' Historical Novels Review

'This is one of history's great love stories.That Gulland recreates it so brilliantly is as much a credit to her imagination as it is to her spare and compelling style. I can hardly wait to get my hands of the third and final volume' Canada Post

'This beautifully crafted novel brings the amazing drama of the legendary Joséphine to life' Dymocks Monthly Book Review

'Deft and convincing characterisation' Spectrum Books

'This is one of history's great love stories.That Gulland recreates it so brilliantly is as much a credit to her imagination as it is to her spare and compelling style. I can hardly wait to get my hands of the third and final volume' Canada

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The next in the trilogy by the bestselling author of THE MANY LIVES & SECRET SORROWS OF JOSEPHINE B

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 400
  • Editore: Sandra Gulland Ink (6 luglio 2012)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B008I9DPBQ
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5.0 su 5 stelle Beautifully crafted tale of a fabulous woman and turbulent times 11 giugno 2014
Di Karen B - Pubblicato su
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Recommended to me by a girlfriend with impeccable reading taste, I was still, for some reason, somewhat reluctant to read this book. I knew very little (or cared – I am ashamed to admit) about Josephine or Napoleon (apart from “not tonight, Josephine” – I don’t even know what the context for that is!) and felt there were too many other figures from history that I wanted to learn about and experience through fiction or non-fiction to invest in a three book series. Well… excuse me while I go and eat my words.
From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked. Written in the first person (it’s presented as though it’s Josephine’s diary), it commences when Josephine is 14-years-old and then called Rose, the daughter of slightly impoverished landed gentry on the island of Martinique. Of Creole heritage, Rose has dreams and these are fuelled when a fortune teller informs her she will be a queen one day.
When her younger sister dies, Rose becomes a substitute bride and undergoes the long sea voyage to France to take up her position as a minor noblewoman as the wife of Alexandre de Beauharnais. But life as Alexandre’s wife is not what Rose expected and as she bears children and is given entrée into Parisian society, she also has a front seat to her husband’s infidelities and indifference and the French Revolution – the latter which unfolds swiftly as the Terror descends. The Ancien Regime is collapsing, allegiances shift daily, and Rose has to find a means to protect her children, her greater family and friends, and above all herself.
Beautifully written and impeccably researched, I couldn’t put this book down. Gullard spent ten years researching this trilogy (of which this is the first book) and it shows, but not in a didactic way. Martinique and the customs and culture of the indigenous and their French colonisers, and their differences to their France-based counterparts is wonderfully realised. As we see, smell and are inculcated into the island culture, so too, through Josephine’s naïve and fresh eyes, we see France and Paris. We enjoy the beauty, the sophistication, the fashion and habits, but also deplore the filth, poverty and later, blood and cruelty. Some events take place “off-stage” and those that don’t are given the personal touch through being viewed and oft-times experienced by Josephine or a close friend. The fear and concern, the drop in fortunes, the confusion as titles change, even days of the week and festivities are renamed and those once lauded as heroes of the revolution are killed as traitors is palpable.
Through all this, Josephine, as a woman, mother, “citoyen”, shines. Her care for others, her love for her children and theirs for her; the lengths she will go to in order that justice is served, are heart-wrenching and brave. As a reader, you are filled with wonder for this woman. It’s only towards the end of book that the ambitious Napoleon enters the story and I loved that he remains a peripheral character, even as he woos her, for this is Josephine’s tale and it is her voice we hear.
The footnotes that accompanied my kindle version were terrific and enhanced my reading pleasure. At first I thought they might encumber the story, but they don’t. They are like discovering a chocolate under the pillow as you open the reference, read and appreciate the way a fact has been woven into the narrative – seamlessly, always.
Gullard is a masterful storyteller who brings Josephine and the events in which she finds herself to life – better still, she engages the reader’s heart and head and in doing so creates an unforgettable interpretation of a remarkable woman and time.
For lovers of great fiction, historical novels interwoven with fact, love-stories and those that recapture women’s experiences and give them voice, I cannot recommend this highly enough.
3.0 su 5 stelle Easy to read but not terribly convincing to me 20 giugno 2014
Di Mercedes Rochelle - Pubblicato su
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This is the second book of the Josephine Bonaparte series which takes us up to 1800. I did read book one and will probably buy book 3 because it is fun to read and easy to get through. But overall, I don't find her character terribly convincing, mostly because she doesn't seem to match the biographies I read about Josephine. I think part of the inherent problem is the first person voice. Most biographers I read depicted Napoleon's wife as totally charming to the point that she more than compensated for her husband's unappealing quirks; Josephine was the quintessential hostess, famous for her parties and gracious behavior. Unfortunately, how can one project this charm in the first person without seeming to boast? I don't think this charismatic quality comes through in the novel at all. In fact, Josephine seems to be frequently passive, sometimes put-upon, scorned by relatives, and rarely influential. Also, during the famous scene when Napoleon shut her out of his room on his return from Egypt, in the novel Josephine was (mostly) innocent of wrongdoing, slandered and misunderstood. Whereas in the biographies I read, she was depicted as totally unconcerned about her husband during his early absences, and, I believe, unfaithful more than once. Now, I am confused. The woman in the book is not the person I thought I understood. The scenes in the book are mostly domestic in nature and not terribly interesting; again, maybe this is the result of the first person point of view since she wasn't on the scene during famous events. Overall, I would not recommend this book if you are looking for a lot of historical action. As a bit of insight into the real person, it is interesting enough to keep me reading, but didn't add the depth of character I was hoping for.
5.0 su 5 stelle For history lovers! 30 gennaio 2017
Di Ang P. - Pubblicato su
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This book is FANTASTIC. It is written in the form of a diary, and as a historian, I can say it holds many historical accuracies. Although it is, of course, fiction. The first book in the series was a fantastic read, and this one does not disappoint. You do not have to know anything about French history or Napoleon to become completely enthralled in this book.
5.0 su 5 stelle An extraordinary woman for an extraordinary time 18 aprile 2015
Di ChrisAn - Pubblicato su
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I have finished all of the books in Ms. Gulland's Josephine Trilogy and found them fascinating. The story of Napoleon is told in a myriad of books, as is the story of them together. But these books give tremendous insight into who Josephine was as empress, wife, mother, friend, business woman, and social leader. She has a terrifically interesting though quite tragic story. Her strength in facing the times of turmoil in France and the personal challenges she faced is well told by Ms. Gullard. I couldn't put these books down.
5.0 su 5 stelle I love this series 27 ottobre 2016
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I love this series!!! Sandra Gulland has dome something no author before her has attempted to do; she had made a case for Napoleon's much-reviled wife Josephine, and presented the events of the French Revolution from the eyes of a mother and wife. Meticulously researched and lovingly crafted. This series breathes with life and aching loss.
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