Napoleon - A Novel
The Song of Departure
By Max Gallo
Translated from the French by William Hobson
410 pages, 4 ¼" x 7"
$15.95 Paper Original
On 15 May 1779 the pale and aloof son of a prominent but poor Corsican family
arrives at the gates of a military school in eastern France. Barely able to
speak French, and fiercely proud of his Genoese heritage, it will nevertheless
take Napoleon Bonaparte just twenty years to become absolute ruler of the country
he once saw as his oppressor, and the dominant military force in Europe.
In this masterful blend of history and imagination, the author brilliantly describes
Napoleon's early life, his struggles and his glorious victories. Starting with
Napoleon's five years in military school, its cold and alien atmosphere exacerbated
by his school-mates' constant bullying and his total isolation from his family,
this book shows the first faltering steps of the man who would become the Little
Emperor. A major bestseller in Europe, this book is the first step in the author's
spellbinding and passionate quartet of novels.
Napoleon's desire, his courage and his determination are all brought exhilaratingly
to life, together with his overwhelming passion for Josephine. Set against the
backdrop of the murderous unpredictability of revolutionary politics, and the
battlefields of Italy, Egypt and France, this book is a compelling, convincing
and exciting journey into the heart of one of the most intriguing men in history.
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