The Many Lives And Secret Sorrows Of Josephine B by Sandra GullandThe Many Lives And Secret Sorrows Of Josephine B by Sandra Gulland

The Many Lives And Secret Sorrows Of Josephine B

bySandra Gulland

Paperback | February 28, 2000

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In this first of three books inspired by the life of Josephine Bonaparte, wife of Napoleon, Sandra Gulland recreates the astonishing world of a young girl who transforms herself into one of the most powerful women in history. Told in an imaginative and historically accurate diary form, this is an utterly absorbing novel of magical proportions.

" SANDRA GULLAND was raised in Berkeley, California, where she attended San Francisco State College and the University of California at Berkeley. After immigrating to Canada in 1970, she taught at a school in an Inuit village before moving to Toronto to work as a book editor. She has worked on the Josephine trilogy for a decade. The mo...
Title:The Many Lives And Secret Sorrows Of Josephine BFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:February 28, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006485464

ISBN - 13:9780006485469


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magnificent Example of Its Genre Years ago, I decided to swear off historical fiction after having one too many awful experiences with authors badly misrepresenting history and its major players. I still don't know how I ended up reading this, but I sure am glad I gave it a chance! The novel is fast-paced, beautifully written, and above all, meticulously researched. Don't let the diary entry style discourage you like it nearly did me. The style does not bog down the story, on the contrary, it enriches it. The Josephine that emerges from these pages is three dimensional and real, with all her flaws and virtues. Most critically for me, however, is how the author made an effort to neither portray Josephine as some saint, nor allow her character to fall victim to her many contemporary detractors (including Paul Barras, and the Bonaparte clan). All in all, a marvelous read.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was ok - I didn't love or hate it. Probably won't read the other 2.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A forever favourite I've read this book and the others in the trilogy 9 times so far, and I don't doubt I will again. Exquisitely written! I feel like I know Josephine, Napoleon and their families. Sandra Gulland clearly did much research, as evidenced in the many historical footnotes.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down I loved this book, when I read it last I couldn't put it down. It's a read again and again kind of book.
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rose Very engaging book! I enjoyed the journey from Rose to Josephine. It was very fascinating and well written. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rose Very engaging book! I enjoyed the journey from Rose to Josephine. It was very fascinating and well written. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Historical Fiction This is the first of three books based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte (Napoleon's wife). This book follows Rose (later renamed Josephine by Napolean himself) who leaves her childhood home in the French Caribbean islands to go to Paris to wed a young noble. Living in Paris, she is dragged into the turmoil of the French Revolution and it was fascinating to read about the events of the revolution from her point of view. The novel is written in the diary format and includes letters to Rose from various people in her life. I enjoyed the style very much and cannot wait to read the second book in the trilogy - Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves historical fiction!
Date published: 2009-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read... I definitely enjoyed this book. Rose, is a compassionate woman and I related and sympathized for her throughout the book. Certain portions of the book were easier to read than others and at the end I found myself completely captivated. I wanted to know how the rest of the story turns out...I'm now reading the second book.
Date published: 2007-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Read the first novel in 2 days. A wonderful read. I was hesitant about the journal & letters style of writing, but I got into the novel so easily, the style really didn't matter. I love the historical detail, and the vivid descriptions, I became completely absorbed. Excellent series, would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2007-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really good read I really enjoyed this book and am anxious to read the rest of the trilogy. I always find historical fiction interesting, but this book draws you in so that you don't even know you are reading about history.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Book I borrowed this from the library to read over Christmas last year. I was so enthralled I bought the next 2 in the series so I could finish it. the format makes for a quick read, but I wish it could have gone on forever, this is definitely a series I will read over and over again.
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional! I reluctantly picked this book up after it was highly recommended to me by a family member, and I am truly glad that I did. This is the first book of a trilogy and each one was an incredible read. Written in a diary format, you get a true sense of what life was like for Josephine, her unwavering love for Napoleon, and what their relationship endured; family lies and deceits (and you thought your in-laws were horrible!), civil upheaval, war and Josephine's inablity to produce an heir. You will not be disappointed if you pick these books will not be able to put them down!
Date published: 2005-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from addictive! I started the first book, not knowing what I was in for...what a treat! I was absolutely enthralled with this series...I read them all within a two week period. Couldn't put them down! To see this time period through the eyes of such a powerful woman...who didn't really have any power over her personal life, was truly insightful.
Date published: 2004-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Do yourself a favour and read this book! YOU WILL LOVE IT!
Date published: 2004-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I received the 2nd book in this series as a gift, and bought the other two. I'm so glad I did. I love these books and it has led me to read many others of the same type. I highly recommend this book and forced all of my friends to read it, although they were happy that they did and are now forcing their friends to read the series too! PS: The Other Boleyn Girl is a definite must-read for all who enjoy this series!
Date published: 2003-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a wonderful read! This book is fun and easy to read. It allows you to look at a moment of history through the eyes of a woman. When I finished this book I couldn't wait to go out and get the next in the series and then the final book as well. When they were all read I was sad to be finished them because you get caught up in her life and want it to continue on for at least a couple more novels. If you enjoyed these books I would recommend to you, The Other Boleyn Sister by Phillipa Gregory.
Date published: 2002-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An educated, but light read This is a wonderful book! Some nights, I literally could not put the book down. The book is written as a diary, which means that it is broken into 1 or 2 page excerpts that can be read quickly and in isolation for those of us who don't get good chunks of time to curl up and read. I need to read the rest of the books in the series now to find out what happens!!
Date published: 2002-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I highly recommend this book! This book was recommended to me by a friend and was truly well worth reading. I have since read the two follow up novels by Sandra Gulland as well, and they were both as excellant as the first! The story has merit on so many levels. I appreciated the obvious research that went into her book and the human side she brought out in Josephine. It was truly a fascinating story. Also it was nice to view this time in history through the eyes of a woman because so many books of the time focus on Napolean himself. I could not put the book down, I think even if someone is not a history buff they would still enjoy the story of Josephine B.
Date published: 2001-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful trip to the past This book is an absorbing read, transporting the reader to the 18th Century and the turbulent period of the French Revolution. Rose/Josephine comes to life in the diary entry style narrative and pulls the reader into her world. Anyone interested in the French Revolution and the Empress Josephine should read this novel.
Date published: 2000-10-11