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Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe (Paperback, New Ed) Loot Price: R84
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Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe (Paperback, New Ed)

Sandra Gulland

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Like The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B, this is a work of fiction despite its authentic feel as the diary of a real woman. In her Notes, the author clearly differentiates between genuine quoted documents, such as Bonaparte's passionate love letters, and the diaries which are based on her detailed research into the character of Josephine, whose marriage to the 'confusing, exasperating, brilliant, volcanic' Napoleon is very new as the story opens. It covers four-and-a-half politically momentous years at the very end of the 18th century, from Bonaparte's conquest of Austria to his defeat at the Battle of the Nile - and the subsequent coup d'etat which established him as France's First Consul and the couple as near-royalty. However, the attention is mainly held by the chatty nature of the diaries: Josephine's early doubts about the marriage and her bumpy relationship with Bonaparte; her efforts to bear him a son; her friendships with women and her feud with her hostile in-laws; and her reckless extravagance which plunged her into debt. In short, this is a fascinating peep behind the scenes into the humanity of an important period of European history. (Kirkus UK)
Set in Paris at the end of the eighteenth century, Josephine begins to awaken to the reality of her recent marriage to 'the Corsican' Napoleon Bonaparte, now General-in-Chief of the Army of Italy. Through Josephine's diary entries and Napoleon's impassioned - almost disturbing - love letters, an astonishing portrait of an ingenuous, compassionate woman emerges, set against one of the most tumultuous periods in European history. Written in a spare but compelling style, this beautifully crafted novel brings the amazing drama of the legendary Josephine to vibrant life.


Imprint: Headline Review
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: September 2000
Authors: Sandra Gulland
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 406
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-7472-6191-9
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Historical fiction
LSN: 0-7472-6191-1
Barcode: 9780747261919

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