The Tide of Destiny

The Tide of Destiny

by Nigel Patten

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The Tide of Destiny is a stunning novel set in 1799 through 1808 during the Napoleonic era. The story takes place in Southern Switzerland and on the Ligurian coast.

Damien André Berra, son of a Swiss farmer, is exiled to northern Italy in the wake of Napoleon’s crossing over the Saint Bernard Pass in 1799. Inspired by a number of amorous adventures, Damien becomes a renowned linguist and short story writer.

His experiences during this turning point in European history are set amidst the political events and the women he meets.

Damien becomes a famous linguist and a writer of short stories in both French and Italian. Giuseppe Spremuta is the Italian administrator who befriends him, and the five young women lovers who inspire him to write are Biquette, Esmeralda, Juliette, La Contessa, and Annunziata.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016644202
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Publication date: 05/16/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 182
File size: 744 KB

About the Author

Nigel Patten lived in London until he was 21. He now lives in a ski resort near Montreux, Switzerland, and teaches English classes to students preparing for the French baccalauréat. He is writing his next novel, A Irreconcilable Passion.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite The "Tide of Destiny" by Nigel Patten is as excellent an example of historical fiction as you are ever likely to get. Set in the Napoleonic era in southern Switzerland and then north-eastern Italy, it is the story of Damien André Berry, one of the many forgotten celebrities of their time who pass into oblivion. We meet Damien as a young man working with his father on his farm and having an affair with the Mayor’s daughter, Biquette. Life is good. But then along comes the French army in need of conscripts. Damien takes to the mountains to escape and over time works his way into Italy, meeting more delightful women and developing his story-writing talents. All this is against the background of a period dominated by “Little Crop Head”, Napoleon Bonaparte, and his various military campaigns, and rigid Catholicism. This book is so easy to read. I don’t know about a tide of destiny, but you will certainly get swept along on the tide of Patten’s writing. He brings the period and the people vibrantly to life, Damien most of all. We see the harshness of so many lives at that time. The book includes two of Damien’s own stories, Alpine Genisis and Scenti, and it is fascinating to see how the inspiration for those so clearly came from his own life and experiences. They also show why he was such a controversial figure. "The Tide of Destiny" is the compelling account of a period in a talented, complicated writer’s life. If only Patten could give such treatment to all of history’s forgotten heroes and heroines!