Emperor's Last Island

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In 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on St. Helenad surreal exile that would last until his death six years later. "A resonant meditation on exile, fame, the stories we tell about ourselves (and) the bigger stories we tell about our great figures."--Los Angeles Times Book Review.

In 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on St. Helenad surreal exile that would last until his death six years later. "A resonant meditation on exile, fame, the stories we tell about ourselves ...

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The Emperor's Last Island: A Journey to St. Helena

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Overview

In 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on St. Helenad surreal exile that would last until his death six years later. "A resonant meditation on exile, fame, the stories we tell about ourselves (and) the bigger stories we tell about our great figures."--Los Angeles Times Book Review.

In 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on St. Helenad surreal exile that would last until his death six years later. "A resonant meditation on exile, fame, the stories we tell about ourselves (and) the bigger stories we tell about our great figures."--Los Angeles Times Book Review.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An engaging chronicle of Napoleon's difficult exile. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Part history, part travelog, part personal reminiscence, this unusual and intriguing book treats Napoleon Bonaparte's life in exile (1815-21) on the remote British island of St. Helena. Scholars will find no new facts or interpretations here, but Blackburn offers a vivid evocation of the mood and setting of the dethroned emperor's final years, mixing stories about her own family and visit to the island with details about Napoleon. The book expertly conjures up images of the aging Napoleon playing with local children, quarreling with his British guards, and getting fat in his rat-infested house on the warm, wet, and windswept island. One lively topic about which the author has little to say, unfortunately, is the cause of the emperor's death. On that question one should see a book absent from Blackburn's bibliography: The Murder of Napoleon ( LJ 2/15/82) by Ben Weider and David Hapgood.-- T.J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679739371
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/31/1993
  • Series: Vintage Departures
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,016,020
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Blackburn is the author of three books of nonfiction, Charles Waterton, The Emperor’s Last Island, and Daisy Bates in the Desert, and of two novels, The Book of Color and The Leper’s Companions, both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    A must read for fans of Napoleonic literature

    Although the focal point of the book concerns the exile of Napoleon Bonaparte and the final six years of his life, Mrs. Blackburn also tells of her own unique experiences when she visited St Helena in the early 90's. From the island's first Portguese visitors in 1502 up till modern times, St Helena has an elaborate and colorful history. I invite you to read the story of the island that is 'further away from anywhere then anywhere else on earth.'

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