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Book Title: Le dernier bal de l'Imperatrice|
The size of the: 693 KB
Date of issue: November 14th 2001
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The author of the book: Sandra Gulland
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Read full description of the books:“What time is it?”
“Almost three. Come outside with me.”
“Now?” I asked, but threw back the covers.
“It’s a little chilly,” he said, draping a cape over my shoulders.
A full moon hung over the river, bathing the gardens in a radiant light. “It reminds me of something you once wrote to me,” I said, taking Bonaparte’s hand. “That we are born, we live and we die – in the midst of the marvellous.”
Don’t you just love when a book is so all consuming that every minute of your leisure time is spent between its covers? The fact that I read this entire trilogy in ten days is testimony to how addictive this story is and how well it is written. I decided at the very beginning of this journey to enter these books individually even though it was the Josephine B Trilogy that I held in my hands. Truth is I wasn’t sure this story would hold my attention through all three volumes and assumed I would need a break from it. Not! And now that it is over I absolutely mourn the loss.
The Last Great Dance on Earth begins after Josephine and Napoleon have been married for four years. They are still hard at work at what Napoleon calls their great project but sadly Josephine has yet to bear a child. During the course of this period of their lives she travels to different spas to be treated for infertility on four separate occasions and mon Dieu the fact that she survived these treatments and willingly put herself through them again is in itself a testimony to the great love she held for Napoleon. (In fact during the first four years of their marriage Josephine visited a mountain spa at Plombieres in Belgium where she fell from a balcony and miraculously survived but the cure almost killed her.)
This is not the only battle being fought: Napoleon’s efforts at an armistice with England fail, revolutionaries attempt to assassinate Bonaparte and his Corsican clan wage all out war against Josephine. They will and do go to any length to undermine Josephine and drive her and her husband apart. Oh if ever there was a time that I seriously wished I could reach through time and bitch slap someone, that someone would have been Caroline, Napoleon’s younger sister. She was truly evil personified and would stop at nothing and step on anyone (man, woman or child), do anything, to get a crown.
This is a tumultuous time for both Napoleon and Josephine that ends in a very sad and tragic way. I really do not want to disclose too much, for if you are not aware of how and why this great romance ended then I harbour no desire to give you the abbreviated version. Better that you read it all: their lives, their love, their history. It is endlessly fascinating and I for one shall miss being a guest in their parlour.
On a final note, this trilogy focused on Josephine but I would love to read one that focuses on Napoleon. Egad there are so many, how does one choose?
Read information about the authorI'm the author of the JOSEPHINE B. TRILOGY, the internationally best-selling novels based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon's wife. The Trilogy is now published in 17 countries.
I most recently published THE SHADOW QUEEN, the "sister" novel of MISTRESS OF THE SUN. Both novels are set in the Court of Louis XIV, the Sun King.
An American-Canadian, I was born in Miami, Florida, and lived in Rio de Janeiro, Berkeley and Chicago before immigrating to Canada in 1970 to teach in an Inuit village in northern Labrador. (Note: my birthday above is fictitious for security reasons, but I'm not coy about my age; I was born in 1944.)
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, where, in 1985, I began writing full-time.
Our two children grown, my husband and I now live half the year in Ontario, and half in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
For more information about the me, my research and work, go to my website at www.sandragulland.com. I also write a blog, and can be found on the Net in a number of locals:
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