The stunning, massively bestselling story of Napoleon's first fiancé
First published in 1953, this riveting true-life tale comes to life in diary form, giving readers an inside glimpse at the young Napoleon and his family. Désirée is enchanted by the young officer, and he asks her to marry him. But he must leave for Paris, where he meets his eventual wife Josephine. A hea...more
It's the sweeping story of Désirée Clary, the daughter of a Marseilles silk merchant, from her early love for and engagement to Napoleon to her later marriage to French Marshal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who later became king of Sweden (and Désirée queen). Désirée herself is one of its chief charms; as the book is in the form of an ongoing journal, everything is filtered through her ...more
The novel tells in diary style the life of Désirée Clary-Bernadotte. Napoleon Bonaparte's first fiancee, later Madame Marechale Bernadotte and finally Queen Desideria of Sweden (who is also sister-in-law to Napoleon's brother Joseph). All of these are true historical facts and make in themselves a compelling read. In her diary entries which run from about 1793 to 1830 ...more
When I was a teenager this book was passed on to me by my mother, who had also read it when she was my age. The pages are now littered with the teenage dreams of two generations, I guess.
At the heart of this novel stands one of the lesser known love stories of the 18/19th Century, that of young Désirée Clary who falls desperately in love with dashing soldier Napoleone Buonaparte. But when Napoléon ...more
I read this book years ago and am rereading it again. The only criticism I have is that the book becomes bogged down at times with the information about Napoleon's campaigns and the political landscape of the time. Important informat ...more
Annemarie Selinko's last novel: Desiree has become my top favourite 18th c HF read- without a doubt. The story of Eugenie Desiree Clary, Napoleon Bonaparte's first love is in my opinion one of the best novels ever written pertaining to the Revolution era- in terms of history, romance, historical characters, and impeccable writing style. This book kept me captivated from beginning to end. And- the funny thing is that I read this intermittently due to other priorities, so I naturally thought I'd f ...more
This is written in diary format from Désirée's (Bernardine Eugénie Désirée Clary, who later becomes the Queen of Sweden and Norway) POV.
Here's a picture of her:
She is one-time fiancée of Napoleon Bon ...more
As a little girl Desiree received a diary from her beloved father and through it she narrates h ...more
Bernardine Eugénie Désirée Clary, a wealthy silk merchant's daughter, would not have met young impoverished Napoleon Bonaparte and how different her life might have been. Enchanted by the young officer, she invites him and his brother Joseph to her home - where Joseph finds himself attracted to her sister Julie and her very generous dowry. Still too young to wed at fourteen, she and Napoleon are engaged, but the older Joséphine de ...more
كساني كه از دنبال يك رمان عاشقانه و قابل لمس مي گردند به نظر من دزيره گزينه لذتبخشي برايشان خواهد بود.
Eugénie was introduced to Napoleon Bonaparte by his brother, Joseph Bonaparte who met her by chance when she was trying to release her brother Etienne, who was arrested in her father's place by the revolutionary authorities. It was Nap ...more
The true story of an exceptional woman in History.
By AnneMarie Selinko
500 pp.New York
William Morrow & Company. $20.00
BY JENISSE BOURET
Desiree is the story of a young girl told in first person narration. It is her diary which reveals her life experiences and deepest thoughts. It all starts when she meets Napoleon Bonaparte, the infamous dictator of France during the 1800's. Fourteen year old Desiree Clary falls in love with Napoleon's sweet, romantic charm. He truly impresses her with ...more
به گمانم این جمله بیشتر از همه در وصف ناپلئون بناپارت صدق کند . او خانواده اش و عشق اولش دزیره را فدای هدف های آرمانی اش در جهت کشور گشایی کرد . قبل از خواندن "دزیره" انتظار داشتم شخصیت ناپلئون فردی باشد که قرار است من او را بستایم اما 300 صفحه ی اول دزیره که تمام شد در بهت تنفرم از تصمیم های ناپلئون ماندم . خدایا ! این واقعیست ؟ آیا این همان ناپلئون معروف است ؟ ناپلئون بناپارت ؟ به راستی او این ...more
Désirée Clarys' real character was quite different (I was actually pretty dissapointed when I googled her to find out something about her real live) but this is a story about a strong woman during The French Revolution and the reign of Napoleon.
We find out about Eugénie Bernardine Désirée Clary live by her diary entries, from her live as the daugther of a wealthy tradesmen to her encounters with the young Napoleon, later with the emporer Napoleon until fate makes her queen of ...more
Absolutely stunning in it's wealth of details, it has imagery and situations so scandalous it is difficult to believe it was written in 1951.
I know quite a lot about Désirée's later years, thanks to my love of history, and Swedish tv once had this great miniseries about all the Bernadotte queens.
Desiree Clary was the daughter of a Silk Merchant from Marseille, and when she was 14 she met the poverished Napoleon Bonaparte. Her sist ...more
I don't know how much of this book is accurate - there's a brief author's note at the end saying that Selinko changed around some of histo ...more
The narrator, Desiree h ...more
If you can find it though, it's definitely worth it, especially if you enjoy historical fiction. The book follows the life of Desiree, the woman who was engaged to Napoleon before he "hit the big time." Instead though, she eventually marries one of his rivals and complications ensue.
It's very readable and really interesting because it's all based ...more
an interesting love story... <3
واقعا خیلی کتاب قشنگی بود من که از خوندنش لذت بردم و حتی بعضی از قسمتهاش هم چند بار خوندم واااقعا قشنگ بود و حتی یه کم از تاریخ کشور فرانسه هم رو هم مرور میکنید
من که خیلی دوس داشتم و به هرکی نخونده پیشنهاد میدم حتما بخونه
این کتابو با اینکه خیلی دوس داشتم به یه نفر قرض دادم که بخونه و الآن فک کنم 3 سال شده که هنوز بهم پسش نداده
برای همین از من میشنوین اصلا کتاباتونو به کسا ...more
"A silk merchants daughter, Desiree Clary (1777-1860), is reborn through these wonderful words of Annemarie Selinko. In youth, Desiree is thwarted in love by none other Napoleon Bonaparte. Desiree, through thic ...more
Many of her novels have been adapted into ...more