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"Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe" is the much-awaited sequel to Sandra Gulland's highly acclaimed first novel, "The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B." Beginning in Paris in 1796, the saga continues as Josephine awakens to her new life as Mrs. Napoleon Bonaparte. Through her intimate diary entries and Napoleon's impassioned love letters, an astonishing portrait of an incredible woman emerges. Gulland transports us into the ballrooms and bedrooms of exquisite palaces and onto the blood-soaked fields of Napoleon's campaigns. As Napoleon marches to power, we witness, through Josephine, the political intrigues and personal betrayals -- both sexual and psychological -- that result in death, ruin, and victory for those closest to her.
This is the second book in Sandra Gulland's trilogy about the Empress Josephine, one of the most fascinating women in history. Told in first person, in diary form, the book has an immediacy which brings the character of Mrs Napoleon Bonaparte vividly to life. I think it helps to know the story well; I've read biographies of Napoleon and Josephine before and am studying the period, and so find it intriguing to have the story told in such a fresh and engaging way. However, if you are interested in knowing more about the period, these books may well be a good place to start.
Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe
Diane Schoemperlen winner of the 1998 Governor General's Award for Fiction Utterly mesmerizing...a seamless blend of fact and fiction that moves historical fiction to a whole new level. "It encompasses the political machinations and the battlefield encounters that made the Emperor famous, Josephine is always at the story's center, utterly devoted to a man who loves her passionately but will eventually prove to love power more."--Anna Quindlen, author of Still Life with Bread Crumbs and Merilyn Simonds Montreal Gazette Everything a reader could hope for and more... Faith Sullivan author of The Cape Ann Shrewd and engaging...moving, entertaining, conscientiously researched, and, yes, fun. Nancy Wigston The Toronto Star Sandra Gulland's second installment of her history of Josephine, Empress of France, is that rare phenomenon: a second novel even better than the first. Alison Weir author of The Children of Henry VIII An often-moving book that keeps the reader in a happy state of constant anticipation.
ISBN: 9780684856070 ISBN-10: 0684856077 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 370 Published: 16th November 1999 Publisher: Prentice Hall (a Pearson Education Company) Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 14.61
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1