Napoleon's Last Island

Napoleon s Last Island Betsy Balcombe as a young woman lived with her family on St Helena They befriended served and were ruined by their relationship with Napoleon To redeem the family s fortunes William Balcombe Betsy

  • Title: Napoleon's Last Island
  • Author: Tom Keneally David Tredinnick Edwina Wren
  • ISBN: 9781489098986
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Betsy Balcombe as a young woman lived with her family on St Helena They befriended, served, and were ruined by their relationship with Napoleon To redeem the family s fortunes William Balcombe, Betsy s father, betrays Napoleon and accepts a job as the colonial treasurer of NSW, bringing his family with him William never recovers from the ups and downs of association wiBetsy Balcombe as a young woman lived with her family on St Helena They befriended, served, and were ruined by their relationship with Napoleon To redeem the family s fortunes William Balcombe, Betsy s father, betrays Napoleon and accepts a job as the colonial treasurer of NSW, bringing his family with him William never recovers from the ups and downs of association with Napoleon His family however flourish in Australia and remain renowned pastoralists in Victoria.Tom Keneally, with his gift for bringing historical stories to life, shares this remarkable friendship and the beginning of an Australian dynasty.

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    1. NOW AVAILABLEI was pleased when I received this advance copy to read – it had such potential to be fascinating, a potentially compelling subject such as Napoleon, especially when written by a noted author. I was less than pleased when I first started it, I think I was almost halfway through when I got past the point where I felt it was dragging, bogged down, and simply not enjoyable. In the “better” sections, the parts that shine are when you are shown a kinder side of Napoleon, the man wh [...]


    2. A charming and brilliant window on the life of a British girl, Betsy Balcombe, and the special friendship she developed with Napoleon Bonaparte during his time of exile on the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena starting when she was thirteen. The tale is of an intersection of cultures and classes in a microcosm of civilization, of a world-shaker on a tiny stage, and of girl striving for the self-autonomy of a woman before her time. The story is rendered in a warm embrace, with fools stan [...]


    3. Napoleon's last Island by Tom KeneallyWe are appalled that noted author Tom Keneally has resorted to such sensationalised untrue smut, bad enough for the "fictionalised novel" he speaks about but unacceptable when attributing his scenarios to the actual Balcombe family and Napoleon. The Balcombe descendants will be horrified and we are sure Napoleon's spirit is fuming. The relevant pages c 349 should be withdrawn.Shirley & Keith Murley, Volunteers at the Balcombe National Trust "Briars" Mt M [...]


    4. I was excited to read this book – a fascinating subject by such a good author – but I almost gave it up at the first hurdle. The early chapters are simply terrible; alarmingly slow and told in such an impenetrable style that I found dreadfully hard to read to the extent I had to read great chunks of it over two or three times to be sure I understood what was being said. I was glad I stayed with it as it kicks off marvellously when we (finally) reach St Helena, but alas, it slows back to a sn [...]


    5. This book was so dry, boring; I had a hard time finishing it. It was like reading a textbook. I couldn't get into this story at all. The setting was the only interesting thing about this book. St. Helena sounds like an interesting place. The characters weren't likable. I didn't care what happened to any of them.


    6. I have mixed reactions to this book. I find the accounts of Napoleon’s life on the tiny, desolate, rat infested island of St. Helena – his captors and his vestigial court – the town, the traders, the farmers and the soldiers pretty fascinating. Some of the characters are very well drawn. My chief problem is the hanging of so much of the tale on the very slender shoulders of Betsy Balcombe – though her actual diary is the source of much of it. She is a pre-teenaged girl living an extremel [...]


    7. DNF. I can't, I just can't. It took me almost a week to read 100 pages and I was literally finding myself dreading picking this book up each time. I NEVER DNF books, I always persevere, but this book was holding me down, holding me back, and it was making me not want to read at all, which isn't a good thing in my opinion.The story sounds like it could be an interesting one, but I just cannot get into this book. I find it confusing, nothing (not the writing, nor the characters) are drawing me in, [...]


    8. Unlike most of the reviewers on this website, I actually liked this book and thought it was worthwhile. I tend to put books in four categories: great books like Atonement or All the Light We Cannot See; good books like this one; the genuinely decent ones that I enjoy reading but are a bit forgettable and lastly the ghastly and dire, like A Game for the Entire Family by Sophie Hannah which is one of the worst books I have ever read, ever. This book for history aficionados like myself was compelli [...]


    9. Judging by the reviews, this is something of a marmite novel. My attitude shifted back and forth while reading it. Loved the first 150 pages, got bogged down and a bit bored in the middle but then found that it picked up once the new governor arrived on St. Helena. Keneally is at his best in his portrayal of Betsy, the feisty teenager at the centre of the story. He creates the atmosphere on the island at the time of Napoleon’s arrival in great detail (although, for me, rather too much detail. [...]


    10. Half way through I was wondering if this was brilliant or bonkers, sadly it fell on the bonkers side of the line for me.Not bad by any stretch, I just didn't invest with any of the story. The dichotomy of insightful consideration of Napoleon's exile on St Helena from the view point of a young teenage girl was more than I could swallow.Beautifully written as I would expect from Keneally, however too far a leap from plausible to be rated any higher from me.


    11. I know that authors must write the books they feel impelled to write, but as I put the book down at the end of my reading, I thought that this could have been a more compelling book if Tom Keneally had focussed his attention differently in this novel, Napoleon’s Last Island…According to the prologue, (mischievously entitled ‘Terre Napoléon’ which was the name bestowed on Australia’s southern coast by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin), Keneally became intrigued by the story of Betsy [...]


    12. I was intrigued, never having seen much about Napoleon’s time on St. Helena (admittedly I haven’t researched it much) and curious how the story would spin. Keneally uses the daughter of the island’s provedore, Betsy Balcombe, as the central figure A bit of a mixed bag for me, there were large moments of background and explanation given to provide the reader with necessary information, but these moments, while needed did seem to drag the pace. Where the book shines is with Betsy and Napole [...]


    13. Interesting book about a little-known chapter in Napoleon's life--the years he spent on St. Helena in exile. The story is told by the daughter of a man who provisions ships for the East India Trading Company on their journey to Cape Town. She is young (13) when the book starts, headstrong and impulsive, but when Napoleon arrives and stays in a makeshift house next to where she lives with her family, they all become friends with the man who starts out as an enemy but becomes OGF (Our Great Friend [...]


    14. I was provided an ARC of this book by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This review was originally posted at eclectictales: eclectictales/blog/201I tried, you guys, I really did. The opening chapter didn’t quite grip me, but I read on in the hopes of the story picking up. Unfortunately it never did for me: I didn’t really feel for the story, the characters weren’t particularly compelling, and getting through the book was a chore that it was difficult to appreciate the themes [...]


    15. When reading historical novels I love when it is written with what I imagine to be accurate languages or the time, evoking expressions and words that seem to be extinct in the modern world. Tom Keneally hits this one on the head in that respect. Unfortunately I can't find much else to recommend the book. I read it as an audiobook, and I was having to make myself put it on for my drive. I enjoyed the historical aspects of this tale, and wonder how much of the distinct bias around some of the char [...]


    16. Some authors can take a potentially terrific story and turn it into dry, dry toast. This book is the third Keneally book I've attempted. The book started out dragging and just slogged on from there. I think the author has been living on "Schindler's List" for his entire career (and that, my friend, was not a easy read either, the movie was infinitely better although I can't say enjoyable). The writing is confused, the characters uninteresting (how can you make Napoleon uninteresting, you say? We [...]


    17. You must first realise this book is based on real events. There has been a prior work of fiction on the same subject but there is also the book written by the central figure herself ! A remarkable story; the English family that befriended Napoleon Bonaparte "The Emporer Napoleon" in his final island exile.Only my 2nd Keneally book. I have read his 3rd - published in 1967 - and now his most recent. It leaves me keen to read more of his work. There is an easy style at work in this book, lots of po [...]


    18. I was curious about Napoleon's life in exile as a prisoner on St. Helena. Parts of the historical novel are interesting, and I wondered if teens might enjoy it since the story is related through a family who lived on St. Helena then. One of the daughters was quite feisty and became friendly with the former emperor. The many slow parts were discouraging and I almost put it aside. Someone interested in Napoleon's last years and the conditions of his exile would find this interesting.


    19. This is the strange story of Betsy Balcombe, a young English girl resident of St Helena, and her friendship with the exiled Napoleon. It's the incongruities of the relationship that make it so fascinating and Keneally does his usual masterful job of exploring the complexities.



    20. Here I am on my continued saga of reading Keneally’s vast oeuvre This story has a fascinating premise. Keneally was at the National Gallery of Victoria when he discovered a connection between an Australian settler family and Napoleon Bonaparte.Not being a Francophile I have very little knowledge of Napoleon although it always interested me that he never received the bad press that his twentieth century Germanic successor. Why hasn’t he been vilified as an evil military aggressor like Hitler? [...]


    21. A fine tale of Napoleon’s final years (1815-1821) in British-imposed exile on St. Helena island in the South Atlantic, as recollected by Betsy Balcombe, then the impulsive, impetuous, headstrong teenage daughter of the East India Company’s provisioner on the island, which was a stop for ships between Britain and South Africa and India. Her family helps “host” (and is charmed by) Napoleon in his first months on the island in a moderately comfortable and amiable existence while the abandon [...]


    22. I received this book for review a long time ago, and am now writing a review it. (I'm just now writing this review because of how hectic my life has been the past year). I was intrigued by this novel to say the least. Napoleon? Love? Mystery? Sign me up! I am a huge history person, so when this novel landed on my doorstep I just HAD to read it. But sadly, my excitement didn't last long. I'm afraid that the novel dragged for over half of it and I just simply didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I [...]


    23. I understand Keneally's drive to tell the story of one of the huge personalities of modern history and his 'relationship' with Betsy Balcombe as he served his penalty for the rampage across Europe. Betsy is a unique character in that she intersects with european history, and Australian history and the juxtaposition is too curious to be ignored. Keneally builds his story upon the diaries Betsy left behind, and I'm not sure it works entirely. He has a good imagination, but his distance in space, a [...]


    24. There is a broad spectrum between fiction and non-fiction. Historical fiction is somewhere in the middle. Some historical fiction is predominantly fiction drawing on the historical record primarily for the setting. [Disclosure, I am writing a novel like this set during the Thera explosion of the Minoan era on Crete.] Other historical fiction moves very close to non-fiction with historical figures as the main characters. Napoleon's Last Island by Thomas Keneally is of the latter type, focusing on [...]


    25. Napoleon is endlessly fascinating.  A man who fought on the side of a republic and yet had himself installed as an Emperor.  A man who conquered much of Europe but didn’t know where to draw the line.  A man so feared by people who finally defeated him that they incarcerated him on a tiny island in the middle of a vast ocean.  St Helena was NAPOLEON’S LAST ISLAND, this book takes an historical fact to weave fiction.For a more detailed review check out my blog culturalwednesday/napoleDIS [...]


    26. Tom Keneally is a fine writer. And the first 90 pages of this book were quite riveting. I'm not usually interested in historical fiction, so I was quite surprised at how well he reeled me in. But. Everything beyond those first 90 pages were incredibly boring for me. His writing can't really be faulted, and I take full responsibility for not liking it much - it just didn't appeal to me personally. If I had to find a criticism, it would largely be that he developed such a large cast of characters [...]


    27. ++This is really the coming of age story of Betsy Balcombe a teenage girl on the island of St. Helena in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Napoleon Bonaparte is exiled there by the British and the Balcombe family become his providers, confidantes, and friends before they are banished from the island for acts of treason according to the governor appointed by the Tory British Cabinet. A story laced with history, pathos and humanity's cruelty to each other. Highly recommended by yours truly. ++


    28. This is a disappointment from the author of the novel on which the film Schindler's List was based. The subject would seem to be ripe for a fascinating treatment: Based on actual events, a spirited girl on the verge of womanhood engages Napoleon Bonaparte while he's in exile on St. Helena Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. But there's not much here to hold my interest, so I'm bailing out about 1/3 of the way through.


    29. One of those books that had me constantly checking things on Wiki and Google - not to challenge the facts of this fictionalised version of events, but so that I could look at St. Helena photos and paintings of the people involved.A really interesting story fleshed out well, however, I do think that the 'characters' could have been given more depth, given they were real people.WAYYYY more interesting than "His Bloody Project".


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