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I got a copy of this book this summer. I was determined to learn more about the woman Napoleon exiled
You have to wonder. What did she do? Run an underground anti-Napoleon print shop? Did she write a pamphlet poking fun? Did she speak out at public rallies calling him a despot?
Looks to me like she hosted a whole lot of parties where other people in attendance may have done things like that. For the life of me, I am not sure how she could have been so important.
The book title say: The fascinating account of her conflict with Napoleon as related in her own memoirs. Trust me. Not so fascinating. In fact, I think the book was edited by her son to say almost nothing about Napoleon. Perhaps when he decided to publish it Napoleon was popular again.
I know what you are thinking. "She's biased. She won't like anyone Napoleon didn't." True. But this time I am with Napoleon. I would have exiled her for this boring memoir. Two thirds of the way through I put it down and picked up the memoirs of Catherine the Great. Now that's a great read! But I finished that book and faced with this one again I decided to admit defeat.
But back to Germaine. I am shutting the book whilst admitting there are 80 more pages to go...and there might be something big I am missing.
She does recount a conversation Napoleon apparently had with a senator.
"What do people think of the Duke d'Enghien's death?"
"General," he replied, "they are very upset."
"That does not surprise me, said Bonaparte. A family that
has ruled in a country for a long time is always the focus of interest."
So I am saying au revoir to Madame. Let's get back to Napoleon and family.