Napoleon's Last Island

Napoleon's Last Island

Large Print - 2017
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In October 1815, after losing the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte was banished to the island of Saint Helena. There, in one of the most remote places on earth, he lived out the final six years of his life. On this lonely island with no chance of escape, he found an unexpected ally: a spirited British girl named Betsy Balcombe who lived on the island with her family. While Napoleon waited for his own accommodations to be built, the Balcombe family played host to the infamous exile, a decision that would have devastating consequences for them all. In this book, Thomas Keneally recreates Betsy's powerful and complex friendship with the man dubbed The Great Ogre, her enmities and alliances with his remaining courtiers, and her dramatic coming-of-age.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410495914
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE FICTION KENEALLY 2016
Characteristics: 685 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Apr 18, 2017

For an author whose masterpiece is Schindler's List, I found this book a bit pedantic even though the subject matter does catch the reader's attention.

Jan 29, 2017

As I was unfamiliar with the topic I found the first 50 pages a bit tiresome and confusing and nearly gave up reading. But as soon as Napoleon appears on the scene the story became very engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very interesting read.

Dec 22, 2016

A fascinating historical novel written by a master wordsmith.


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