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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (7 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747261911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747261919
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`By casting her narrative in the form of a first-person journal, Gulland invests it with vividness and immediacy, so that one sometimes forgets it is a historical novel, and reads it with a real sense of surprise at each development` (Times Metro)

`By casting her narrative in the form of a first-person journal, Gulland invests it with vividness and immediacy, so that one sometimes forgets it is a historical novel, and reads it with a real sense of surprise at each development` Times Metro

'Straightforward and likeable re-telling of the life of Josephine Buonaparte is laced with ribbons and period detail' Independent

Straightforward and likeable re-telling of the life of Josephine Buonaparte is laced with ribbons and period detail (Independent)

Packed with captivating historical detail (Daily Telegraph)

'Packed with captivating historical detail' Daily Telegraph

'Gulland has huge fun ... nothing seems beyond the grasp of her imagination. In her hands Josephine B puts in a stellar performance. Now tender, now triste, she's the Jackie O of her day' Guardian

Gulland has huge fun ... nothing seems beyond the grasp of her imagination. In her hands Josephine B puts in a stellar performance. Now tender, now triste, she's the Jackie O of her day' (Guardian)

'Richly detailed historical novel' Nottingham Evening Post

Richly detailed historical novel (Nottingham Evening Post)

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The second novel in the trilogy by the bestselling author of THE MANY LIVES & SECRET SORROWS OF JOSEPHINE B.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
The second in the trilogy of the Josephine Boneparte diaries is written with the same level of intensity as the first. It follows Josephine from the beginning of her marriage to Napoleon to the time they move into the palace and Napoleon is in control of the French government. Personal description and emotion drive the diary making it absolutely gripping without embellishing or deviating from history. Josephine remains an admirable and sympathetic character while the pictures of her family and close friends become alive with detail. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clio on 8 Feb. 2012
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Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe follows The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. and continues the life of Josephine from the beginning of her marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796, the trials that they suffer both together and apart, the impact of his hostile family, the wars and foreign campaigns that separated them to end in 1800.

Napoleon is shown to be a deeply suspicion and passionate man with incredible energy and drive, rather then just a historical figure which I really liked. Another highlight is watching Josephine's two children, Eugène and Hortense, continue maturing to adults whilst struggling to adjust to their mother's new marriage. The extended Bonaparte family were both frustrating and humorous by turns and completely outrageous for the whole novel. The heartbreaking thread of Josephine struggling to conceive a child for her new husband was especially emotional and well written.

This book covers the rise of the Napoleon Bonaparte and his family to dizzying heights and the diary form used shows this from a intimate perspective that always feels realistic, its one of the best historical fiction diary forms I have read. Passing references and events in the novel are explained for people who aren't scholars of the French Revolution in footnotes at the bottom which is really very useful. It is written in a way that shows the reader rather then just telling the reader which I really enjoyed.

Highly recommend alongside the first book and the third book The Last Great Dance on Earth - Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe is a truly beautiful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Jones on 31 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
If you are keen on Josephine in her own right and don't think she is just the shadow of Napoleon then this is the book for you.

She has often been portrayed as a hussy/tart but Sandra gulland has done marvalously in putting her personality, emotion, soul and heart into word and onto the page.

I am an ardent fan of Ms Beaucharnais/Bonaparte and if you are to then please buy the whole triology.

It is set in diary form and 1st person obviously and is done with great talant.You can just imagine what she must of been seeing and experencing as she wrote.. (if she had wrote it like as obviously this is a Alison Weir style book of "could be" diary.) the descriptions are excellent and I could not put it down and as you see their marriage slowly breaking apart, you feel it too. As you read her pain in the prison when the revolt hit... this is in her 1st book, you cry with her and can imagine every image and smell and sight.

Trust me it is an absolute must read and gets into the very heart and soul of the beautiful and famous Josephine Boneparte.

PLUS... you get little indicators like this * and at the bottom the * starts to tell you little facts of why things have happened and/or just general historical facts for your pleasure. YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT!

Well done Sandra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 21 July 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
It's not easy to be an author and attempt to explain the decisions of someone who lived over 200 years ago, especially if those decisions seem wrong. However, Gulland does so in this novel, in such a way that it leaves the reader with an understanding of Josephine as more than just a historical figure. She becomes a frightened yet powerful woman desperate for love. This is a beautiful novel that is detailed enough to be a lesson on French history, but also enthralling enough to be impossible to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damno on 14 Feb. 2010
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This is the middle volume of a truly great trilogy. Well written, as a journal, it is well researched and un-put-downable. I had wanted to know more about Bonaparte for a long time and this bit of education was a pleasure.
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