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Book Title: The Emperor's Last Island: A Journey to St. Helena|
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The author of the book: Julia Blackburn
Date of issue: June 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780679739371
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While this book is a history and biography, it can also be read as an interpretive travelogue. Most of the book documents Napoleon's final incarceration which informs the visit the author makes at the end. It can be read for its history, and in some places, particularly the death and the later exhumation of Napoleon, for the beauty of its prose.
An entourage, including a pastry chef, is all dressed up sitting in rat and bug infested dwellings doing virtually nothing. Guards stand (often at attention) and cannot sit down but for board games. Letters, and the few newspapers allowed, arrive 6 months after they are written. In the first year Napoleon works on his memoirs dictating different portions of his life to attendants. Like others, these transcribing historians get bored and leave.
You follow this existence through time, personnel changes (primarily leavings) and shortages of this and that. Napoleon voraciously reads whatever comes on ships. His health deteriorates and he gains weight. He builds a garden and tries a fish pond and transplants trees to mixed success.
You feel the weight of the life on this lonely outpost.
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Read information about the authorJulia Blackburn is the author of several other works of nonfiction, including Charles Waterton and The Emperor’s Last Island, and of two novels, The Book of Color and The Leper’s Companions, both of which were short-listed for the Orange Prize. Her most recent book, Old Man Goya, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Blackburn lives in England and Italy.
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