Saturday, July 31, 2010

Show me 5 Saturday



The Book I read this week was, The Last Great Dance on Earth, Sandra Gulland.

2words to describe it. Historical Fiction

3. This was the third book of the Josephine B. Trilogy, so the scenes and characters remained the same with a few new characters, like the Tsar Alexander. oooh I liked him, but for the most part it was a continuation of Napoleon's adventures and Josephine the woman behind the great man.

4. I loved this trilogy. I did not know much about Josephine, and Napoleon when I started these books, and I do believe they are fiction based greatly on historical fact, which I truly admire in a writer. Sandra Gulland did an awesome job. I love historical fiction so unless it's absolutely ridiculously researched I must say I would not shy away from this genre.
I loved how dedicated Josephine and Napoleon were to their country, and the sacrifices they made in that respect.
I loved how Napoleon was so considerate of Josephine's children. He was an awesome step-dad. I would not have thought that the case in these times, but I'm sure it was his love for Josephine that made him so, would that that be true today.
I loved the format of the book, it was easy to read, and difficult to put down.

The only thing I don't love is the fact that I cannot share this trilogy with my niece, with whom I share my reading adventures, she doesn't like historical fiction. Too bad.

5stars or less for my rating. You must know by now I have to give it a 5 star rating. A Must Read. Fully engaged me. Connected with me emotionally. Contained powerful writing, but easily read. Will not soon be forgotten. So much so, that now I need to read the facts about Napoleon, and Josephine. (thanks to Jenners of Find your next book here for her rating system).

I have now completed my 3 of the 3 4 5 challenge. I think it's funny I had to take a break from the Tudors, so I read Napoleon. Hilarious

The Whys and Wheres: I have a friend Carmi who has a Napoleon Obsession and it was because of her and Leslie that I started this trilogy. I think it's important to mention though, that although I read Carmi's art blog daily, I did not read her Napoleon obsession blog throughout this trilogy, I just didn't want to be influenced. Now I'll have to go back and read a few weeks of blog posts. I got all three of these books from my paperback book exchange, remember I said there was someone at our painting group who reads historical fiction and donates almost immediately, I'm grateful for that, even though I'm quite sure I would have purchased these if I were not on my reducing my bookshelf kick.

Show me 5 Saturday is a concept of That's a Novel Idea, hosted by Find Your Next Book Here.

5 comments:

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Ciao Irene,felice domenica :-)

Mary said...

I love historical fiction but I haven't read this book. I enjoyed your review and will add the title to my very long tbr list. Thanks :)

Jenny the Pirate said...

One of the world's great love stories! Sounds like a good read.

Jenny Girl said...

Another fab book that is patinetly waiting for me on my shelf. I have the trilogy and glad you enjoyed all of them so much. Thanks for the great review!

Jenners said...

So glad this series worked out so well for you!!! It is a shame that your niece shuns an entire genre. It seems like a series you would really enjoy sharing. Perhaps your Napoleon-obsessed friend will do!

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