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Désirée: The Bestselling Novel of Napoleon's First Love

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  5,138 ratings  ·  392 reviews
The passions and intrigues of Napoleon Bonaparte's court are brought vividly to life through an unusual point of view: that of a merchant's young daughter from Marseilles who became Napoleon's fiancée and rose to become queen of Sweden. A massive international bestseller, the film version starred Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Phoenix (first published January 1st 1951)
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Désirée is one of those old family favorites which I've read many times and keep coming back to like an old friend.

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
Sep 09, 2007 Susanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers
The bad first - it is fictional and it is basically chick-lit. But of the best historical fiction/chick lit books.

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
Maybe this book is not a literary masterpiece, but its pages have become like old friends over time.

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
Excellent older book by Annemarie Selinko about the life of Eugenie Desiree Clary, a silk merchant's daughter, who was the first love of Napoleon Bonaparte. She later married Jean Baptiste Bernadotte who became the King of Sweden. Their descendants rule Sweden today.

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
Mathilde Apelt
I just wrote a long review and it somehow disappeared. what did I do wrong? I loved this book. It is old, copyright 1953. It was one of the first books I read when I came into this country from Germany. It's about a silk merchants daughter who becomes friends with Napoleon and later the wife of Bernadotte who becomes the King of Sweden. so, the simple daughter of a merchant in Paris walks in high places and ends up to be the queen of Sweden. My English was not very good when I came, so I asked m ...more
In his memoirs, dictated while he was in exile on the island of St. Helena, Napoleon named his first love as Desiree Clary, a silk merchant’s daughter from Marseilles. In the breathtaking novel simply titled Desiree, author Annemarie Selinko chronicles the life of the woman who was Napoleon’s fiancee, a woman who rose from being a commoner to becoming a wife of a General to Queen of Sweden and Norway.

As a little girl Desiree received a diary from her beloved father and through it she narrates h

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
I got this book from the library for my mother who enjoys these historical romance novels but I also ended up reading it. For those of you who can read German, it's better to check out the original version of the book, though I have no complains about this translation, I'm sure that is even better.

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
But for the fact that she went to get her brother out of jail....

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
یه سری کتاب ها هستن (که معمولا هم طولانین) و من بعد از خوندن 50 صفحه ی اولشون حس می کنم می شه با این کتابا مدتی زندگی کرد. به همون دلیل هم تصمیم می گیرم اصلا تو خوندنشون عجله ای به خرج ندم. حتی وقتی با تمام وجود دلم میخواد بدونم تو فصل بعد چه اتفاقی می افته جلوی خودمو می گیرم و میذارم تا شب دیگه ای ادامه ی داستان رو بخونم.برای چند ماه با دزیره هم زندگی کردم.

بیان ساده ی کتاب بشدت کشش ایجاد می کرد. این کتاب رو در طول پروسه ی علاقه مندیم به هر نوع کتابی تو عنوانش ناپلئون داشته یا مربوط به ناپلئون ب
بسام عبد العزيز
رواية أخرى من روايات "المرأة".. كالعادة حب مستحيل و صراع عاطفي .. إلخ إلخ من ثيمات معتادة في كل كتابات المرأة..
و مع ذلك كنت على وشك منح الرواية 3 نجمات.. و هذا معناه عندي أنني محايد تجاه الكتاب.. لم أحبه ولم أكرهه..

إلى أن وصلت للصفحات ما قبل الأخيرة و أجد تلك الجمل:

"قال الأمير: (أوافقك الرأي يا أمي.. ولسوء الحظ أبي لا يوافق.. يريدني أن أتزوج من أميرة إنجليزية لكنه يخشى ألا تكون عائلة برنادوت مناسبة لهم.. لذلك يجب ان أبحث عن أميرة ألمانية.. لقد أعطاني أبي قائمة بكل اللاتي يريد مني زيارتهن كما أع
az on ketab haye khondaniye doreye nojavoni ke to dast shoi ham ba khodet mibarish,va ta tamom nashe na hamam miri na ghaza mikhori.
My mother was reading this book when she was pregnant with me. When I turned 15, she gave me the original copy she had saved. I've read this book 3 times already. It is my absolute favorite. Desiree was the daughter of a merchant in France before Napoleon Bonaparte rose to power. The book explores Desiree's life and trials and how she falls in love with Napoleon. Love is not enough to keep these two together. As Napoleon emerges into a powerful leader, he must follow his path in order to succeed ...more
دزیره کلاری ،دختر ظریف و زیبای یک تاجر فرانسوی در عنفوان جوانی به جوانی برخورد می کند که فقر و تهیدست است.ج.انی به نام ناپلئون بناپارت که قسمت عظیمی از تاریخ فرانسه را به نام خود رقم زد.ناپلئون با دزیره نرد عشق می بازد اما بعد از مدتی ناپدید شده و با ژوزفین یک بیوه جوان ودرباری ازدواج می کند.بعدها برای تاج گذاری ناپلئون بناپارت دزیره به عنوان همراهان تاج انتخاب می گردد و در مراسم تاج گذاری ناپلئون شرکت می کند که این خود تمام خاطرات شیرین و گذشته آن دو را زنده می کند.دزیره نه زرنگ است نه مکار و ح ...more
fatemeh kashefi
سال دوم دبيرستان اين كتاب رو به دست گرفتم و گمان كنم بيش از 10 مرتبه از ابتدا تا انتها خوندم. با تكتك وقايع زندگي شخصيتهاي كتاب زندگي كردم. صبوري و دريات دزيره و همسرش براي من هميشه يه الگو بود. هميشه از خوندن زندگينامه لذت ميبرم و اين يكي از قشنگترين زندگينامههايي است كه تا الان خوندم.
كساني كه از دنبال يك رمان عاشقانه و قابل لمس مي گردند به نظر من دزيره گزينه لذتبخشي برايشان خواهد بود.
ناپلئون بناپارت برایم همیشه خیلی جذاب بود شاید هم دلیلش مارلون براندو باشد.به همین دلیل منطقی به شدت دزیره را دوست داشتم و بعد از آن هم هرچه کتاب درباره ناپلئون بود خواندم.البته تاریخ فرانسه را خوب و شیرین روایت می کند این کتاب
Katherine St. Vincent 黄爱芬
Desiree Clary semula adalah tunangan masa muda Napoleon Bonaparte. Dikisahkan awalnya keluarga Clary adalah pedagang kelas menengah sedangkan keluarga Bonaparte itu miskin dan hanya hidup dari gaji tentara Napoleon. Mereka tidak sengaja berkerabat karena kakak kandung Desiree, Julie menikahi kakak Napoleon yaitu Joseph.

Sayangnya Napoleon yg namanya trus meroket dalam ketentaraan terlalu ambisius. Desiree muda yg tidak sabar, diam2 menyusul ke Paris dan disana tidak sengaja bertemu dgn Jean Bapti
Sharon Penman
I really really liked this book, but I gave it three stars instead of four because I'd read it when I was 14 and I am not sure it will stand the test of time.
گاهی اوقات بزرگترین پاداش ها در زندگی از انجام کارهایی که بیشتر از همه به ما صدمه میزند به دست می آید

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
I adore this book!
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
i enjoyed reading this book.this book is one of the best books i've ever read :)
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
واقعا عصبانیم
برای همین از من میشنوین اصلا کتاباتونو به کسا
Reham Ahmed
تحكي لنا هذه الرواية الشهيرة بأسلوب أدبي شيق وجذاب قصة العلاقة العاطفية بين نابليون والفتاة الجميلة ديزيريه ابنة تاجر الحرير في مدينة مرسيليا بفرنسا، كما تحكى لنا أيضاً وقائع الحروب التي شنها نابليون ضد دول أوروبا وكيف عاد بجيشه محطماً بعد أن قضت عليه ثلوج الشتاء الروسي.. وكيف قضى نابليون أيامه الأخيرة قبل نفيه خارج فرنسا كما نعرف أيضاً كيف كان يتم اختيار وتعيين الملوك الذين حكموا بعض الدول الأوروبية خلال القرن التاسع عشر.
K.E. Belledonne
Another one of my go-to book recommendations, especially for people who love historical fiction, France or Napoleon.
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.
mohamadadali abtahi
توی زندان خواندمش. هیچ نسبتی با روحیه ام نداشت
Apr 10, 2014 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanda, Jeannette, Virginie
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie, Misfit
This is the story of Bernardine Eugénie Désirée Clary, he daughter of François Clary, a wealthy silk manufacturer and merchant, and his second wife, Françoise Rose Somis. Her sister, Julie Clary, married Joseph Bonaparte, and later became Queen of Naples and Spain.

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
Blodeuedd Finland
This book was just enchanting, I was a little worried at first since it was published in the 50's but this latest version does not differ from books today. It was just like a historical novel should be like.

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
Maia B.
I'll start by saying that I wish Desiree was my best friend, I'm intensely glad Napoleon is dead and buried long ago, and I would marry Jean-Baptiste in a heartbeat. Annemarie Selinko's characters are so well-formed and rounded that I really feel like I know them - Desiree especially. She's compelling, appealing, funny, clever, brave, and all-around wonderful.

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
Clare Cannon
4.5 stars. This is a great read about the life of young Desiree Clary, unassuming founder of a dynasty. It is romanticised historical fiction and is perhaps rosier than real life, yet it weaves the hard realities of history into its romance in a way that makes you consider the effect of the bigger picture through its details. It is a story of individual characters and their motives, actions and outcomes, and makes you consider history as it would have been to live through.

The narrator, Desiree h
Feb 21, 2009 LaSchelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History Buffs (particularly French & Swedish), Napolean fans
Recommended to LaSchelle by: Sally W.
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Mar 07, 2009 Teri rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Teri by: Erika/Sally
Shelves: 2009, book-club-2009
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Annemarie Selinko (September 1, 1914 - July 28, 1986) was an Austrian novelist who wrote a number of best-selling books in German from the 1930s through the 1950s. Although she had been based in Germany, in 1939 at the start of World War II she took refuge in Denmark with her Danish husband, but then in 1943, they again became refugees, this time to Sweden.

Many of her novels have been adapted into
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Ich war ein häßliches Mädchen Heut heiratet mein Mann

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