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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074726192X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747261926
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'As sumptuous as any historical epic, as lip-quivering as any great romance, Gulland's serial fictionalisation of the life of Napoleon's Josephine is truly engrossing' The Scotsman

'Sandra Gulland tackles the story at a terrific lick and has clearly done an impressive amount of research' Mail on Sunday

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The final novel in the trilogy by the bestselling author of THE MANY LIVES & SECRET SORROWS OF JOSEPHINE B. and TALES OF PASSION, TALES OF WOE

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov 2001
Format: Paperback
A great picture of Josephine's life, this book is addictive. Having read the first two books, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this, and I was not disapointed. The book is really well researched, not only about Josehine, but on all the characters, who all recieve the Gulland treatment. Standout characters include HOrtense, her daughter, Eugene, her son and all of the imfamous Bonaparte clan.
it not only explores the historical aspect of her life, it handles with delicacy her quests for a child and her somewhat rocky relationship with Napoleon. It includes enough facts to be understandable, but not to many to be boring. I would recomend this to any lover of good fiction and it is a must for people with a love of historical novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar 2001
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Gulland continues spinning her masterly tale of Josephine's life with Bonaparte. The fortune tellers prophecy is finally fulfilled as Josephine becomes Napoleon's empress. However, heartache soon follows...
I found this book every bit as gripping as the first two books. Gulland really has managed to give Josephine a voice. It is impossible not to get caught up within the narrative. I loved the way the book, although based upon historical facts, manages to make you feel as though it is completely fresh and occurring with each turn of the page. It is difficult not to empathise with the character of Josephine and feel for every event that effects her life.
My only problem with this book was that it was the final one. I loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clio on 8 Feb 2012
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The Last Great Dance on Earth is the stunning concluding novel to the Josephine B. Trilogy. The rise of Josephine to Empress of France and fall to discarded wife in favour of the fertile Marie Louise, Archduchess of Austria (niece to Marie Antoinette), is covered in this book (from 1800 to to her death in 1814).

Hortense's trials with her husband Louis Bonaparte are particularly poignant alongside the continued struggle for a heir from Josephine and the rising tensions as she fails to produce one. The enduring relationship between Joséphine and Napoleon has its tender and touching moments, despite physical and emotional infidelity on both sides and the growing stresses on their marriage. The malice from the Bonaparte family continues to increase as the novel passes - Caroline is especially vile towards Joséphine and her children. I loved Eugène and his charter development throughout this novel as he distinguishes himself in Napoleon's wars and grows into a man, gaining a family of his own that he adores, I especially liked his peacefully but protective reaction when he leans that divorce is imminent for his mother and step-father. The series caused me to care for for the fates of minor character like Josephine's friends the Glories, especially Thérésia Cabarrus, Tallien, Paul Barras among others.

This is the one of the highlights of the Josephine B. Trilogy as a whole, that it made minor characters come truly alive in a way is rare in historical fiction. Sandra Gulland is very skilled at sticking to the historical facts while blending human emotions and characteristics that make it almost impossible imagine that the historical figures could have felt and acted differently.
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By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Sep 2007
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This was my favourite of the three books, though it's still undoubtedly light and frivolous. The tone definitely darkens towards the end, and we finally get some almost-real emotion as Josephine is forced into divorce from Napoleon.

Napoleon himself is reduced to an erring husband rather than the political figure that he was, and the love between Jospehine and her children gets almost sickeningly cloying.

Having said all that, this is a good light read that rattles along nicely, perfect for the tube, bath or bed when you don't want anything that makes you think!
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By pat newbold on 1 Jun 2014
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i enjoyed the third part of this story it gave me lots of information as well as being a good story i also enjoyed the pictures, special dates and letters.
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