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  1. says:

    I liked the tidbits about the Balti area and especially some of the information about the war of 1812 There was also some interesting bits about some notable Americans such as Thomas Jefferson and some interesting passages regarding America's interests leading up to the war of 1812 It was also an interesting look at the world of Euroopean elites and especially the Bonaparte family I was very interested to learn about this American connection to Napolean and it was interesting to consider how things may have been different had Napolean strengthened this connection instead of shunning it Betsy's story is uite interesting but I was not sympathetic towards her or her ambitions I am glad I read this book for some of the historical insights because it brought a uniue perspective and added to my knowledge but I just couldn't bring myself to give it a third star because of the writing Although the story is organized well and flows reasonably well the writing style felt awkward and it took me a few chapters to get past that in order to focus on the story This book was originally written in French so I'm not sure if some of the awkwardness is due to the translation or if the author wrote it that way It is written in the present tense but the third person which can work for some biographies or historical accounts but I do not think it was used well in this case Also I felt that the author took some liberties in interpreting or assuming certain characters motives and emotions considering this is a biography not an historical novel The narration also sort of swung between a casual conversational style and then would get very formal in an odd split personality kind of wayIn summary a very interesting story of an American connected to the Bonaparte family that suffered from a poor writing style and in my opinion an unsympathetic character It did however spawn a most interesting book club discussion about motives and American ideals versus European interests and values That was worth the read right there

  2. says:

    This is the biography of Elizabeth Patterson better known as Betsy Bonaparte whom was briefly married to the younger brother of Napoleon Even though it cannot be called a serious biography it is fit that it was written in the manner in which the contemporaries of that period had written their own memoirsin a bit of lighthearted if not downright flippant way no matter how grave the subject The author may have chosen to write in this style of the period but they could also have chosen to write in that style to express the liveliness of the heroineOverall a delightful read But some events are treated so lightly that one doubts they are even true such as their allegation that Betsy had attempted suicide at one time Although it was well know that she suffered depression bitterness and ennui this is the first time I have ever heard it suggested though I have been wrong before and would like to know as to what source they had obtained that information But their was not footnote or notation to give provide a clue on that point However the section on Betsy Bo's trial against the Bonapartes and the history of Bo's first son was one of the parts of the book that exceeded the other biographies I had read about the American BonapartesIt also brought up the point as to what might have happened if Betsy had been in Europe after the death of ueen Catherine and she and Jerome had gotten back together? An interesting prospect

  3. says:

    Really enjoyed this book It was really great learning about our early local history Although I really did not care for Betsy's attitude I really enjoyed learning about her life She was very fortunate to have been able to meet so many interesting people even if she was not fortunate in love It's so interesting how different our history could have been if Napolean had not forced his brother to divorce his American wife The American line of Bonapartes lead very interesting lives but they have died out I wish the book had said whether or not she has any living descendants in Europe

  4. says:

    Not terribly well written but I like local history

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