- Paperback: 1216 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Slp edition (October 22, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743246217
- ISBN-13: 978-0743246217
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 2.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Josephine Bonaparte Collection: The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe, and The Last Great Dance on Earth Paperback – October 22, 2002
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More About the Author
Settling in Toronto, I worked as a book editor for a decade before moving with my husband and two children to a log house in northern Ontario. Juggling children, a dog, three cats, pigs, chickens and a succession of horses, I worked as a freelance editor for five years before committing to writing full-time in 1985.
Ten years later, the first of the novels in the JOSEPHINE B. TRILOGY was published. (The trilogy is now published in 15 countries and in 13 languages.) MISTRESS OF THE SUN, my 4th novel, was published in 2008 (and is now in 8 languages). THE SHADOW QUEEN will be published in the spring of 2013.
I am now writing a young adult novel about Hortense, Josephine Bonaparte's daughter (and Napoleon's step-daughter).
Our children grown, my husband and I now live half the year in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and half in Ontario.
For more information, please see my website at http://www.sandragulland.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Within the confines set for herself, Gulland creates a wonderful work of fiction and of history. The characters are big and real and riveting. The pain felt today and the tension felt about the future are palpable. The many facets of each individual are described in glorious detail. The story line is terrifying because it is one woman's harrowing life, and it is one nation's journey through unspeakable trial. I was left wondering if Josephine had been in another time, in safer environs, would her beauty have shown so brightly? She is clearly a pearl before and amongst the swine of her era and situation. I definitely want to read more about her!
Other nice touches provided by Gulland include family trees for Rose/Josephine and Napoleone's families, a glossary of characters and a historical time line of events. These details help the reader to stay grounded in the reality of history.Read more ›
1. The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.: Here we are introduced to Rose Tascher. She lives at a sugar plantation with her family at Martinico. Soon she is chosen to move to France and marry Alexandre Beauharnais. Rose and her family experience the French Revolution/Terror, the death of friends, and the change of life as they know it. At the end of this novel, which covers many years, Rose meets and marries Napoleon Bonaparte, and she soon must change her name to Josephine.
2. Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe: Josephine is witness to futher battles and scandal of the Revolution. Napoleon is victorious in his wars, and is elevated in popularity. Soon, after more scandal, the Directors of the Revolution are overcome and Josephine and Napoleon are the new leaders of France. This novel ends with the couple moving in to the palace.
3. The Last Great Dance on Earth: Josephine and Napoleon have been married for several years. Josephine is unable to produce an heir and rumors say that Napoleon will take another wife. Meanwhile, the Bonaparte clan would do anything to get rid of Josephine. In a few years, Napoleon does indeed divorce Josephine, and it takes a great toll on both. He is losing wars and France is falling into the enemy's hands. This is unfortunately the end of this wonderful story.
When I first began to read the trilogy, I was confused on my opinion of it because I hadn't read many novels that were like this. Yet, as I read on, I was to the point where I couldn't stop! Sandra Gulland is a great author, and I am eagerly awaiting any future novels written by her.
I look forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These were three of the best historical fiction I have ever read! This is a must if you enjoy historical fiction. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LakeBabe
I was mesmerized my her life. The author made historical reading so palatable and entertaining while sticking to the facts.Published 11 months ago by Chris Silverman
I ordered this collection several weeks ago, but it went wandering the labyrinth of the U.S. postal system. After a few weeks I'd given up on ever receiving it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carol H
Once I started the first page, I could not put it down. I read all three-one following the other-and was sad when it was over. Highly recommend!!!Published on November 17, 2013 by Lisa M.
I loved this collection. It took me back to"what must have been". What a joy to see Josephine as such a beautiful wife, mother and humanitarian. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Kat
Having just moved to a village in France I was waiting for furniture to be delivered and staying at a bed and breakfast where the second book in this trilogy was floating around. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by Qwendy
Once I started I couldn't stop reading. Totally absorbing. The detail brings these characters to magnificent life. And to know that all these twists and turns were true. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Udana Power
For Bonaparte lovers, whether it be Josephine or Napoleon, this is a fabulously informative collection. The books are delightfully descriptive and the information well sourced. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Deborah