The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir

by Maude Julien

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ISBN-13: 9780316466639
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 137,800
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Maude Julien is a therapist specializing in manipulation and psychological control. For the last ten years she has been doing anthropological research on the consequences of acculturation among Australian aborigines. A frequent contributor to radio and television, she has helped hundreds of patients since 1995. She lives in Paris.

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The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Ann-S More than 1 year ago
I feel like more people should know about this book, especially those who like memoirs. This got a little buzz and then died off a little. This is such an interesting read. This is coming from someone who somehow gravitates towards dysfunctional family novels. Maude’s wealthy father approached a local family when a young girl was not even school-age. He proposed that he would raise her, care for her, and educate her and when she reached the “right age” they would create a child who would become a “superior being.” The creep factor started right out of the gates before Maude had even entered the world. Maude was raised by parents who ridiculed her for wanting any type of nurturing or comfort. That’s what weak people desire. She was raised to be ready for any type of attack/kidnapping and was subjected to horrific emotional abuse. This little family was its own little cult of sorts. The difference was that Maude was able to endure all obstacles with hope for her future. This little girl survived through her persistence to find hope and love in a world that never showed her any. It’s harrowing and compelling because one wants to know just what would cause someone to be like her father. There are no answers to this question. Mental illness? Sure. But there is something more a normal thinking person can’t fathom. Evil is I all I can think of. The Only Girl in the World was tough to put down despite its pages of bleak parenting. I was left with pride for Maude and her resilient spirit. Thank you Little, Brown & Company and NetGalley for the ARC of this memoir!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a person with my own history of childhood trauma this was painful to read. Knowing she survived and thrived spurred me to read on. Her bravery to admit how painful, yet healing, to dig up these buried bones is reassuring and inspirational. I see my love for the animals in my life and in the world, with an enhanced perspective. Thank you Maude for sharing?
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Wow!! This poor girl!! I felt so sorry for her. A psycho father who adopted a six year old girl, raised her, married her when she was of age and had a daughter with her. This book is the story of the childhood of that daughter, Maude. This girl's home life was crazy. She spent years never leaving her house or yard (one that was totally blocked in for the most part, she couldn't see out, no one could see in). She was home schooled and told so many lies. Her father, who was a legend in his own mind, had some imaginative ways in which to raise a child. The biggest lesson that her father wanted to teach her was "to trust no one" and that there was a slew of kidnappings and that Maude, herself, had to be very careful since they were a well off family. While reading this book, I seriously could not believe that it was not fiction. This guy's ego was so huge I'm surprised that it fit with two other people in that house. This was definitely a great story which held my interest throughout the early years of Maude's life. The father's reasons which he gave to Maude as to why he did things was incredible. This was truly a man who need to be hanging by his balls. Thankfully Maude got out of there and is happy with two daughters. Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading it book.
357800 More than 1 year ago
Well if this isn't a RIP-YOUR-HEART-OUT work of non-fiction! Good Lord....not an easy read....dark....heartbreakingly sad....exasperating....shocking, and animal lovers will be appalled! Monsieur Didier is a crazy, paranoid, and obsessive well-to-do person of the male persuasion (refuse to call him a man) who offers to raise and educate a little blonde girl from a poor family for the sole purpose of eventually marrying her and producing his own blonde daughter training her to be a superior, super human being to "raise up humanity." What he and his now grown wife (28 years younger) Madame Jeannine actually do, however, is treat her as a thing....a possession....a prisoner who must obey and adhere to his every command including holding a chamber pot each and every morning of her life while he and his filthy unwashed body does his business....this poor little girl. A life of strict rules, mind fear AND cruel and unusual punishment ensues with no comfort, understanding or protection from either parent....no knowledge of the outside world.....no truthful answers.....no reason WHY she is treated so harshly. Even tiny bits of love from animals is forbidden. Didier the ogre sets excruciating expectations....often of a tortuous nature and demands satisfaction....AND then OMG there's Raymond the vampire! What Maude endured is unimaginable, and I can only say thank God for a savior (no spoiler here) and the light at the end of the tunnel. Well written memoir, but whew!
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien is a highly recommended memoir about a woman's abusive childhood - and her escape. This is not an easy memoir to read because of the abuse and the family situation is so bizarre. Maude Julien's parents were fanatics and the torture she experienced under their supervision was supposedly done to strengthen her. Her father got her mother at around age 6 from her parents, promising to educate her. He then raised and groomed her mother to eventually be his wife and help him raise a superior being. Maude was born from this odd union in 1957. Her father was many things. He had a megalomaniac personality. He was paranoid, narcissistic, cruel, abusive, and a conspiracy theorist. He believed he was "a Grand Master of Freemasonry and a great knight of a secret order." He designed the education and cruel tasks Maude had to do and his wife helped him carry his plans out. Their duty, mother and daughter, was to do his bidding. He was controlling and a master of psychological indoctrination. Maude is never shown any love or tenderness. The abusive things Maude was forced to do in order to strengthen her character are painful to read about. She has to sit still in a dark rat-infested cellar overnight. She had to hold on to an electric fence without flinching. She had to bathe in cold, dirty bath water. The amount of sleep she had was strictly limited. The animals, the only ones who gave Maude affection and that she loved, were all abused. Both Maude and her horse were forced to drink alcohol. Maude was forced to eat food in huge chunks and only given stale bread to eat. They ignored her being sexually abused by their handyman. Maude finally escapes when she is allowed to take a train to Dunkirk to study music and she realizes she can escape. The recounting of the abuse is relentless and matter-of-fact as she recounts her daily existence and the abuse she was experiencing at the hands of her parents, although it was her father who was in charge. There isn't a lot of reflection or analysis by Maude as she relates what she had to endure and at times it feels just too unflinching in the recounting of the horror. Although it might have been nice to read about her childhood from the viewpoint of the adult and psychotherapist that she is today, it is at least gratifying to know that she did escape. It is also satisfying to know that an outsider, a music teacher, assessed what was going on and put a plan into action that would eventually help Maude escape her insane, controlling father. While this is a dark story that she needed to tell, it is not really inspirational, except in the fact that she does survive and overcomes her abusive background. Be forewarned that there are triggers in this book for those who have experienced physical or sexual abuse and self-harming. There is animal abuse. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Little, Brown and Company.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not finish the sample.