The Death Of Napoleon

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  • Title: The Death Of Napoleon
  • Author: Simon Leys
  • ISBN: 9780330329972
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
The Death Of Napoleon

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  • Simon Leys

    Simon Leys is the pen name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970 He taught Chinese literature at the Australian National University and was Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993 He died in Sydney in 2014.Writing in three languages French, Chinese and English he played an important political role in revealing the true nature of the Cultural Revolution His many prizes include the Prix Renaudot, Prix mondial Cino Del Duca and the Christina Stead Prize.



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  • For the first time, he began to see himself as he really was, naked and defenseless at the center of a universal debacle, buffeted this way and that by events, threatened on every side by an all pervasive decay, sinking slowly into the quicksands of failed resolutions, and finally disappearing into the ultimate morass against which no honor could prevail Simon Leys, The Death of Napoleon Such lyrical, precise language, a cross between extended prose poem and novelistic meditation on the nature o [...]


  • Inspired A beautifully nuanced novella The optimal narrative form for our time, according to Ian McEwan and others Napoleon leaves a double on St Helena and sneaks back to Paris on a merchant vessel as a lowly ship s hand When the ship is rerouted to Antwerp at the last minute he loses touch with the cabal that would return him to power, and so becomes a regular joe He may or may not revisit Waterloo It s not entirely clear I don t want to say It s quite a story You can read it in an hour or so [...]


  • Other napoleons came and went around him in the middle of the lawn, where a patch of white mist now hovered, one of them peered into the shadows through a cardboard telescope another spread an old newspaper on the stone balustrade, as if it were a staff map There were some who sat astride rusty garden chairs, lost in thought In The Death of Napoleon originally published as La Mort de Napol on , Belgian writer Simon Leys twists fact with fiction by envisioning Napoleon Bonaparte s escape from imp [...]


  • But I Really Am HeSimon Leys has written an antidote to the What If Novel What if Napoleon had used a double to escape from St Helena Well perhaps nothing significant except that he saves a failing fruit business in a Paris suburb and gets loved up by a plump widow The fly in the strategic ointment is that by the time of his return to national politics there is an entire hospital devoted to men who believe they are Napoleon Could have been, why not


  • He began to perceive clearly that greatness should always be on its guard against the snares of happiness Simon Leys is one of my very favorite essayists The Hall of Uselessness, a collection of his essays, was one of the best things I read in 2014 I didn t realize that he had also written fiction, so when NYRB republished his novella The Death of Napoleon I bit without hesitation I m glad I did This book is a little masterpiece.The premise is irresistible What if after six years of exile on St [...]


  • Yeah uhhhh.Napoleon s last attempt to free France from the tyranny of perfidious Albion falls apart and Napoleon is forced to live out the final brief shred of his life as a humble Parisian fruit seller It s slight and sweet and short Will I Keep It It s an NYRB classic, they just look so goddamn pretty on my shelf I can t help it.


  • Is Simon Leys Belgium s best gift to Australia asked The Canberra Times Canberra NOT Sydney or Melbourne is Australia s capitaluck out in the mulga miles away from the coast Well, of course Leys is Best Gift Especially since Susan Sontag, probably the most intelligent woman in America Jonathan Miller had followed up his Canberra residency with her Lucky Australia that Pierre Ryckmans has chosen to live there The Chinese had something to do with it too, because they had refused him re entry, afte [...]


  • This very short novel, originally written in French, imagines Napoleon escaping from St Helena with the help of conspirators who plan to reinstate him once again as emperor But the scheme quickly unravels and he ends up as a private citizen on a much shrunken stage, ignored and ignoble, suffering at one point even the humiliation of being just another tourist at Waterloo, listening to a tour guide tell lies The story pivots on the lyrical irony of a hero s descent into irrelevance and invisibili [...]


  • Fascinating what if novel about Napoleon escaping from Elba It s interesting to read the interior monologue of a great but physically short and in this case not all that recognizable man who has to reinvent himself in a world he s not accustomed to He might also be crazy I though the ending might have left some ambiguity, but I m reviewing this two months later so don t take my word for it.


  • A charming and somewhat delicate little novella that puts an answer the longstanding question, what if Napolean dissapeared at Waterloo, was thought dead, but actually escpaped the battlefield and found contentment among the merchant class This literary petit four is well worth the one or two days you will spend reading it.




  • Fiction should play with truth and reality and this whole story does it wonderfully Starting off with the premise that Napoleon has escaped from his prison island St Helena to be replaced by a double the story charts what might happen.The Emperor heads back to France leaning on the planning of an organisation dedicated to restoring him to power But delays and bad weather means he is diverted and there is a wonderful moment when Napoleon goes with some British tourists to see the battlefield of W [...]


  • Titre La mort de Napol onAuteur Simon LeysEditeur Espace nordDate de parution 02 04 2015R sum Messieurs dames, h las l Empereur vient de mourir La nouvelle se r pand rapidement travers toute l Europe Pourtant, Napol on n est pas mort Apr s une ing nieuse vasion, il a r ussi regagner la France, laissant un sosie occuper sa place Sainte H l ne et ce n est que ce dernier qui vient de tr passer Mal ajust a son incognito, Napol on va traverser une s rie d tranges preuves Confront son propre mythe, sa [...]


  • He muses He has always had the unshakable conviction that all the setbacks that have happened in his life, even those that seemed the most painful and futile, must in some way or another actively contribute to the working of his destiny There is no doubt in his mind that the bizarre pilgrimage he made that morning was also part of that mysterious grand design, but the for the moment he gives up any attempt at exploring its obscure significance Perhaps it was necessary to stir up the shadows of a [...]



  • The novel focuses and uses one of history s must prolific individual as a fictive story Simon Leys, the novel s author, was able to utilize the legacy and significance of Napoleon Bonaparte by building a plot based on alternative history To be specific, in novel Bonaparte owns a different identity as Eug ne Lenormand as he anonymously embarks a ship in St Helena and is substituted by a loyal supporter as he attempts to regain power over France Napoleon s journey was purposely organized by secre [...]


  • I wanted to like this I did enjoy reading it, enjoyed the way a simple premise is treated with gravity, how its not bogged down in detail yet details are peppered in with precision, how the plot development felt natural even when it took unexpected turns It reminded me of a stony insight that actually made it to paper A sketch of an initial idea that is fleshed out completely, but only in isolation, unconnected to anything else In a writing class I took many years ago, the professor encouraged [...]


  • I like the idea a brilliant strategist like Napoleon was focused on the wrong things all along It s about the little things, Napoleon Take it easy It might seem simple and naive, but it s so often true This story had a few powerful moments and was well written, but for me this was an accidental parable on how it s hard to get emotionally invested in a parable There s not enough time This tale wishes for Napoleon to slow down and focus on the finer things while failing to do so itself, and this i [...]


  • Imagine that Napoleon has escaped St Helena He leaves an impersonator behind He sails as a deck hand on a ship that he believes are headed to Bordeaux to meet a contact that will help put him back in power Napoleon s ship lands in Antwerp instead of Bordeaux, with the result that Napoleon entirely misses his underground contact He journeys towards France by way of Waterloo where he visits the battlefield with a group of English tourists A border guard who recognizes the great man and is still fa [...]


  • Napoleon Bonaparte is a curious historical figure An ultra French nationalist, despite his Corsican roots, he rampaged across Europe in a frenzy of expansionism, crowned himself Emperor and apepared to regard himself as something of a Godlike being Perhaps it s the passage of time that leads him to be still largely viewed as a hero, unlike those cross Rhine warmongers of the twentieth century His tomb in Les Invalides is still an essential visit for anyone who wishes to understand the concept of [...]


  • Second up is The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys The conceit of this short, but complex novel is that prior to his purported death in exile, Napoleon Bonaparte manages to switch identities with a noncommissioned officer by those plotting Napoleon s return to power Then, as ever, things turn array.This is a sparse little novel that zips along at a cracking pace It raises all sorts of questions in natural ways how much are we defined by those around us is there such a quality as greatness , what i [...]


  • Interesting to see the interpretation of the author and how Napoleon as a Character would address issues and deal with problems Slightly irnonical to see him apply World Politic Theories to his small family buisness Then how he adapts to the situation and gets recognized by people Overall interesting but i expected slightly There was not enough development of the character and the changing of scenes was lengthy It became slightly rushed at the end with the quick speed up in time It is a pity to [...]


  • I recently joined the New York Review of Books Classic Book Club just for the hell of it and the Death of Napoleon was the first selection It s not really the kind of thing I d pick up on my own so I m grateful that the book club turned me on to it.This novella imagines a world where Napoleon escapes his exile and attempts to return to France and seize power As you likely can guess from the title, things don t go all that well.Rather than be a silly piece of alternative history though, this dark [...]


  • A really wonderful little jewel of a book that imagines what life was like for Napoleon after he supposedly escaped from St Helena Rather than dying as an exiled eagle on an island, he slips back into Paris but is unable to connect with his supporters Little by little, and surprisingly quickly, he settles into a very bourgeois life which he actually loves This book is short and doesn t have a lot of words, but it says a lot It is like a meditation on the fear many people have after losing a love [...]


  • I finished this book two years ago, but I still think of it as my favorite book of the last ten years I had difficulty for a long time deciding why this book affected me so much A central theme of the book, coming to terms with life transitions that lead to upheavals of our core identity, is a universal life theme we all go through I read the book just as I was retiring and coming to terms with the ending of my professional identity and going through the the trials of forming a new identity divo [...]


  • A slim and unpretentious addition to the voluminous writing of the legend of Napoleon An interesting take of the great man in different proletarian guises, and finally an understanding of him as a petty bourgeois trader Is the ridiculously overwrought business plan for selling melons supposed to be a sign of the old emperor s encroaching madness, or a way for us to get an insight into his lucid mind, upon which he has finally decided to seize a project within reach, rather than those dreams that [...]


  • This slim consideration of an alternate history in which Napoleon is helped off the island of St Helena by a group dedicated to restoring him to power was okay It s a quiet book with very little action or dialogue so I can t really say why I liked it, but I did It s probably best read in one or two sitting so one can get a feeling of what is to have to move through the through the areas where you fought, and lost, a major battle and hear from old soldiers, some still very loyal, what impact your [...]


  • Simon Leys echoes Chinese poet Du Fu 712 770 Birds shadows fly over the cold pond with , when describing his walk in the fields of Waterloo, A cuckoo is singing in the wood nearby.In Leys essay Poerty painting aspects of Chinese classical aesthetics he explains the close union of painting and poetry and I see in the descriptive sections of the book echoes of that poetry This gives the story a depth and density of pictorial character with just a few short sentences That explains the brevity of th [...]


  • A wonderful tale following an ageing Napoleon s journey and his obsession with his return to power Beautifully written, Leys has packed an infinite amount of ideas and concepts into the novella I ve spent many hours reading this book, and each time it gets better and I discover new secrets hidden within the pages This is a true work of art.


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