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 thought she was childish and since pretty much every man she interacts with, including her husband, tells her all the time how childish and stupid she is, I guess it can’t be just meand her refusal to learn anything new that might help her navigate in her new surroundings while complaining how no one likes just annoyed me until I couldn’t take it anymore. Overall, an entertaining read.

In her diary entries which run from about toshe describes in detail the events of the late French Revolution and Napoleon’s power, but there is always the personal aspect of a woman who supports the Revolution, loves her husband, her son and her family beyond anything and fears for their wellfare and safety.

The second star is pure nostalgia, for all those fond memories of the days where I would curl up on the couch and lose myself in the story. This was something that wasn’t fully realized or appreciated until the reign of Queen Victoria with her hemophilia passing genes. It is dedicated to her sister Liselotte, who was murdered by the Nazis. Desiree by Annemarie Selinko. 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 time reader of this period in France’s history.


Read an excerpt of Desiree. It makes historical figures come alive and you can sympathize with their personal struggles.

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The nod Napoleon might have given desiiree somebody had met him in and said, “So, you’re back from Moscow, eh? Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I’ve read it several times. But for the fact that she went to get her brother out of jail Jane Selinkoo Hardcover Books.

The first novel I read with any degree of engagement, from beginning to end despite its being pages, was Desiree by Annemarie Selinko.

One should not think this is the story of Napoleon Bonaparte, this is very much her story. The daughter of a fabric merchant, Desiree, was unpretentious, straight forward and incredibly brave and loyal in love, honour, friendship and family.

Desiree by Annemarie Selinko (1953, Hardcover)

Read this book if you enjoy sweeping historicals, especially those set in the Napoleonic time period. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Love this historical fiction about Napolean and the world around him.

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For many it will probably not deserve a five-star rating. The book keeps you interested and you want to keep on reading. Dec 14, Mathilde Apelt rated it really liked it. Throughout their lives, Desiree would always play an important role in Napoleon’s life-not annwmarie, but with extended family and politically.

This is the most fascinating book about a woman who was engaged to Napoleon before he married Josephine, then went on to marry Gen. Desiree by Annemarie Selinko A desoree that has been read, but remains in clean condition.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. We encounter moments of truthful courage where Desiree speaks her opinion frankly and keeps her head high- even though she is terrified inside Then the wars, invasions Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.


Could not put it down. Goodreads desuree you keep track of books you want to read. Translated into 25 languages, in it was turned into a major Hollywood movie starring Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.

Narrative is all about the mutable and out-sized passions we have to contend with just for being alive. Explore the Home Gift Guide. And if necessary – with the help of cannon! My stepdad gave me the novel, thinking I might respond to the travails of an 18th-century silk merchant’s daughter, Desiree, who ends up Napoleon’s fiancee and later, Queen of Sweden. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Please try again later.

Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Open Preview See a Problem? See all 74 reviews. 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. Maybe this book is not a literary masterpiece, but its pages have become like old friends over time.

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Desiree narrates the story via her diary, which reads like YA for about pages before it accedes to the consciousness of a slightly more mature lady. My English was not very good when Annemaroe came, so I asked my mother to send me the book in German Annemarie Selenko is German, so I read the original version first.

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