The Only Girl in the World
Good Lord....not an easy read....dark....heartbreakingly sad....exasperating....shocking....and animal lovers will be appalled!
Monsieur Didion is a crazy, paranoid and obsessive well-to-do person of the male persuasion (refuse to call him a man) who offers to raise and educate a little blonde girl from a poor family for the sole purpose of eventually marrying her and producing his own blonde daughter, training her to be a superior, supe...more
Why am I not allowed out?
Why must I not derive any pleasure from eating?
Why does Yves stub out his cigarettes on my knee?
Why does Raymond do what he does to me?
Why can’t I have any heating in my bedroom?
Why don’t we wash?
Why does no one kiss and hug me like people do in books?
Why am I not allowed to go to school with other children?(c)
This book is a veritable eye-opener. This is proba ...more
“My father reminds me that he has devoted his entire life to me -first he had to find my mother. She was only six when he found her. And he was already a very rich man. He brought her up with the best education possible, and then when the time came, he gave birth to her. I need to understand, that just my existence, is a result of my father’s plan.
I must prove worthy to his plan, but I am afraid I won’t live up to his vision”.
Maude is so fri ...more
Maude Julien is a young girl with indeterminable strength. Somehow, she had an innocence about her that carried her through the most horrific experiences a person could ever imagine. She suffered from mental and verbal abuse at the hands of her father, Monsieur Didion. He exacted mind control over her to the likes of nothing I have ever heard of or seen before. And Maude’s story is a true one. How she survived, I do not know. Yet she did and her ability to have hope when all seemed lost ...more
In the beginning....
Maude's Father (Maude being the protagonist and the Author of this Memoir) approached Maude's Mother's family when her Mother was five or six years old. Maude's Father was wealthy and said he would care for and raise their child. So, Maude's Mother's family gave their young daughter to him. Are you following me? How sick is this? So, Maude's Mother goes to live with Maude's father when she is a child and is raised by him and when the time is "right" ...more
From a little girl, Maude Julien was deprived of love, affection, and any comfort at all. On top of that, she was tested and challenged by her father to some standard I never really understood. Basically, he used it as an excuse to torture her. Maude learned compassion through her pets- thank goodness for her animals! And through incredible inner fortitude, Maude l ...more
Maude Julien's father Louis chose his future wife and mother of his child, Jeannine, when she was only six and he was 34. He became Jeannine's guardian by promising her family that he would provide her with a quality education.
Then: "Twenty-two years after he took possession of Jeannine, Louis Didier decided the time had come for her to bring his daughter into the world... Lo ...more
It was a hard story to read and I am sure even a harder story to write. Gratefully, the author has found her way out of the darkness she experienced as a child.
Maude's father wanted a superhuman child and set out with single minded purpose to achieve his goal. He found a young girl and adopted her. When she was old enough he married and impregnated her. When his daughter was born her training began.
I'm not going to go into everything Maude went through, because it's grim. Extremely grim. Also, a lot of what she went through might not seem bel ...more
By action. One atrocious event after another. There was little time to connect the dots and understand the reasons behind the actions.
The book was draining to read and the ending abrupt.
The Only Girl In The World is a memoir by French psychotherapist, Maude Julien, in collaboration with F ...more
As for compelling me to read to the end, and as quickly as possible, this book gets a 5. The story is so tragic and appalling that I’m desperate to get out of the nightmare and find out who rescued this poor girl or what inner strength did she summon and from where to escape to be able to be writing this today.
But the overwhelming and specific detail makes me nervous. I boug ...more
In Maude Julien’s memoir The Only Girl in the World we enter the world of power, control and madness but at the same time of escape and finding salvation from it all. Maude Julien’s father is an individual whose personality is deranged – filled with lunacy and ideas of upper most greatness. At a young age Monsieur Didier had a majestic plan which was to raise a superhuman – someone who will make him proud and who he’ll teach all the necessities on ...more
Its too disturbing! This is a true story of extreme child abuse and with every chapter the atrocities keep getting worse and worse.
I am so happy that she survived and somehow escaped that nightmare .And I applaud her courage to share her story with the world .But reading this is making me too anxious and uncomfortable. I tried my best but I just can't continue anymore😕.
I am always amazed at how truly horrible human beings can be. Maude's father obviously had some form of mental illness, ...more
The most difficult book I've ever read, yet I couldn't put it down. Maude Julien's life feels too atrocious to even think about, yet accept it actually happened to a human being. Abused, humiliated, and controlled by her mad father, I can't believe she eventually found the strength to overcome trauma and even become a therapist to help others like her. Her memoir horrified me and inspired me at the same time. Such a strong ...more
‘Maude Julien delivers a staggering testimony, one that remains full of hope.’
A serious subject: manipulation, in which the author is now a professional therapist. Maude Julien does not write with resentment, or bear grievances; rather she delivers a clear message of hope.’
‘This story is never maudlin—it is so absorbing that you have to remind yourself to breathe from time to time.’
This was such an interesting and bizarre read that I found myself inhaling it in what amounted to essentially one sitting. Maude Julien’s parents raised her to be “superhuman” and did so through “trainings” that most of us would recognize as nothing short of abuse. Just one example of many is that Maude’s father would have her drink alcohol to excess whilst maintaining her composure and walking along a straight line.
I found the tone of the book quite inte ...more
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