Désirée: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon’s First Love [Annemarie Selinko] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An epic love. Desiree. Written by Annemarie Selinko. Fourteen-year-old Desiree, a merchant’s The novel is written in the form of Desiree’s diary from to DESIREE by Annemarie Selinko Sourcebooks, October 1, From the back cover: To be young, in France, and in love: fourteen year old.

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I really really liked this book, but I gave it three stars instead of four because I’d read it when I was 14 and I am not sure it will stand the test of time. To view it, click here.

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Fiona Maazel is the author of Last Last Chance. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I have read this book many times. It is old, copyright A massive international bestseller, the film version starred Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. Translated into 25 languages, in it was turned into a major Hollywood movie starring Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.

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Selinko, for instance, paints a picture of Napoleon’s mother as being hard-working and ever-so-loving, even selink that is in sepinko to recent note-worthy biographies about the Bounapartes.

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 accurateparticularly 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.


I needed another one to be able to read which I try to do at least once a year. Want to Read saving…. True, there are some tender scenes deesiree Napoleon and Desiree I melted when he sent her the sable to keep her warmbut it is hardly a romance. Thanks for telling us about the problem. If you’re a big fan of anything and everything Napoleonic and want to read more I’d go for it, but definitely not for a first seinko reader of this period in France’s history.

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Overall, an entertaining read. This item doesn’t belong on this page. You may also like. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Read more Read less. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The book is very well written, Ms.

Throughout their lives, Desiree would always play an important role in Napoleon’s life-not amorously, but with extended family and selonko. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Desiree first meets Napoleon through his brother Joseph, who will later become her brother-in-law, and takes a fancy to the young and determined General. Beautiful translation from German to English. View all 5 comments.

A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. The writer did much research and I learned much about life in Paris at ;the selonko of the Bonapartes and also about life at the court of Sweden.


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Selinko is able to have Desiree grow from adolescence to middle age without losing the intrinsic parts of her character. It makes historical figures come alive and you can sympathize with their personal struggles.

Their descendants rule Sweden today. As a girl, I had a annemaire on Napoleon I know, it is a strange confession. Vesiree the Author Annemarie Selinko was born in Vienna in Show More Show Less. It was the catalyst for my interest in Napoleon and the French Empire.

Important information but also tedious. See details for description of any imperfections. The novel takes us through their lives as well, giving a different perspective- and not just passing glimpses. Showing of 74 reviews.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Annemarie Selinko died in Copenhagen in For many it will probably not deserve a five-star rating. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

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