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The Hundred Days

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The incomparable Joseph Roth imagines Emperor Napoleon's last grab at glory, the hundred days spanning his escape from Elba to his final defeat at Waterloo. This particularly poignant work, set in the first half of 1815 and largely in Paris, is told from two perspectives, that of Napoleon himself and that of the lowly, devoted palace laundress Angelica—an unlucky creature ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by New Directions (first published 1935)
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Jonathan
The Hundred Days was originally published in 1935 as Die Hundert Tage and the title refers to the famous period when Napoleon Bonaparte returned to Paris from his exile on the Mediterranean island of Elba to once again rule as Emperor of France. He arrived in Paris on 20th March 1815, whilst the Congress of Vienna was in full swing, and reigned as Emperor until he surrendered a little while after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

The novel is split into four parts: the first and third parts a
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julieta
Jan 03, 2016 julieta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joseph Roth es un escritor maravilloso, sobrio, sutil, increíble. Uno de mis favoritos.
Pero este libro en definitiva es el que menos me ha gustado, por no decir que no me gustó.
Es Roth y eso siempre es valioso, porque es siempre una maravilla. Lo amo pues. Pero la grandilocuencia que muestra en este es rara.
Hablar del emperador Napoloen y sus últimos días. Ese no es el problema, el problema es lo acartonado que está el personaje, todo en el es emperador para acá y para allá, y lo ve todo el t
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Tuck
considered one of roth's poorer novels (but written in practically extreme unction, the poor man super desperate, for money, time, air even) where there is even some obvious muddling of plots, sentences and paragraphs from other writings, but still, this is joseph roth, so there is always a level of historical big-pictureness and clear eyed pathos, noting our human folly, cruelty, and hope for the future, even while knowing full well, there is no hope.
see this for back story of this novel and r
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Jorge
Mar 09, 2015 Jorge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No cabe duda que Joseph Roth fue uno de los más grandes escritores de habla alemana del siglo XX y uno de tantos intelectuales que tuvieron que salir de Alemania debido al ascenso del Nazismo. Vigoroso narrador de talentos excelsos y prosa elocuente y a la vez sencilla y concisa, Roth utiliza una técnica narrativa tradicional sin mayores pretensiones que la de comunicar lo que él veía en el mundo desde su particular perspectiva.

La narración que ahora nos trae Joseph Roth se aleja de su temática
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Dana
Nov 03, 2014 Dana rated it liked it
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When I saw Napoleon's tomb in the heart of Paris, I couldn't comprehend how this small and controversial man earned such a prominent burial site. I've always wondered what occurred after his escape from Elba that began one hundred days of Napoleon attempting to reclaim the French throne and achieve world domination. I picked up Roth's The Hundred Days, to get the answers, and the lyrical language made this book fun to read. The crisp descriptions of the sun's reflection, the white of Napoleon's ...more
Luc
Jul 29, 2015 Luc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In mijn poging om wat gemiste schrijvers uit de literaire canon af te vinken, heb ik mij wat boeken van Joseph Roth aangeschaft. Eerder las ik al "Radetzky Mars (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)", nu dus "De Honderd Dagen", alweer een historische roman waar echte en fictieve personages door mekaar lopen. Hier krijgen we Napoleon geserveerd tijdens de korte periode in 1815 tussen zijn terugkeer uit de eerste ballingschap op Elba tot zijn overgave aan de Engelsen na de nederlaag in Waterl ...more
Pat
May 21, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L’uomo comprende. L’imperatore abdica.
20 marzo – 8 luglio 1815. Cento giorni. La fuga dall'Elba per riconquistare il trono, la disfatta di Waterloo, l’esilio a Sant'Elena. Cento giorni. Tanto durò. “Viva l’imperatore!” è il grido del popolo. Ha promesso libertà e dignità a tutti. Ma chi è entrato al suo servizio ha messo la propria libertà, la propria dignità e la propria vita nelle sue mani. Lui “il padre della viola” come lo hanno chiamato per la sua predilezione verso quel fiore umile e valo
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Richard
Sep 23, 2016 Richard rated it liked it
Interesting re imagining of Napoleon's last days. Easy read, but not particularly memorable.
Mauro
Jan 29, 2016 Mauro rated it it was ok
A very minor Roth; a literate Ken Follet that saved us from the sex scenes. A historical romance where the author goes more for the romance than for the history.
The book is saved by Roth's style (which, for the first time I've noticed, gets a bit corny) and by his ambience: the way he settles the mood, the wheather, the sounds and the lights is the sign that the great Roth is still there.
Cooper Renner
Apr 18, 2012 Cooper Renner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel of Napoleon's "100 days" when he came out of exile to Elba and tried to reassert his control of France. Napoleon here shares the stage with Angelina, a Corsican washerwoman who works in the imperial palace. Poetic and moving.
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Joseph Roth was born and grew up in Brody, a small town near Lemberg in East Galicia, part of the easternmost reaches of what was then Austro-Hungarian empire and is nowadays Ukraine. Roth was born into a Jewish family. He died in Paris, France.

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