Maude Juliens childhood was defined by the iron grip of her father, who was convinced his daughter was destined for great deeds. His plan began when he adopted Maudes mother and indoctrinated her with his esoteric ideals. Her mission was to give him a daughter as blonde as she was, and then to take charge of the childs education. That child was Maude, on whom her father conducted his outrageous experimentto raise the perfect super-human being.The three lived in an isolated mansion in northern France, where her father made her undergo endless horrifying endurance tests. Maude had to hold an electric fence without flinching. Her parents locked her in a cellar overnight and ordered her to sit still on a stool in the dark, contemplating death, while rats scurried around her feet.How did this girl, with her loveless and lonely childhood, emerge so unscathed, so full of the empathy that was absent in her childhood? How did she manage to escape?Maude was sustained by her love of nature and an...
|Title||:||The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir|
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The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir Reviews
Well if this isn't a RIP-YOUR-HEART-OUT work of non-fiction!
Good Lord....not an easy read....dark....heartbreakingly sad....exasperating....shocking....and animal lovers will be appalled!
Monsieur Didion is a crazy, paranoid and obsessive well-to-do person of the male persuasion (refuse to call him a man) who offers to raise and educate a little blonde girl from a poor family for the sole purpose of eventually marrying her and producing his own blonde daughter, training her to be a superior, supe...more
Maude Julien is a young girl with indeterminable strength. Somehow, she had an innocence about her that carried her through the most horrific experiences a person could ever imagine. She suffered from mental and verbal abuse at the hands of her father, Monsieur Didion. He exacted mind control over her to the likes of nothing I have ever heard of or seen before. And Maude’s story is a true one. How she survived, I do not know. Yet she did and her ability to have hope when all seemed lost ...more
I've said this before but just wanted to reiterate - my rating of a memoir reflects my experience of reading the book, not a judgement on the authors live. I do not enjoy translated titles, and could immediately pick up that this was not originally written in English. I think that so much gets lost in translation, especially emotions - everything sounds and feels very distant.
I am always amazed at how truly horrible human beings can be. Maude's father obviously had some form of mental illness, ...more
How to rate such a book????
In the beginning....
Maude's Father (Maude being the protagonist and the Author of this Memoir) approached Maude's Mother's family when her Mother was five or six years old. Maude's Father was wealthy and said he would care for and raise their child. So, Maude's Mother's family gave their young daughter to him. Are you following me? How sick is this? So, Maude's Mother goes to live with Maude's father when she is a child and is raised by him and when the time is "right" ...more
Q: Life is stronger than anything else, there is always a solution, and I will find it. I’m sure of that. (с)
Why am I not allowed out?
Why must I not derive any pleasure from eating?
Why does Yves stub out his cigarettes on my knee?
Why does Raymond do what he does to me?
Why can’t I have any heating in my bedroom?
Why don’t we wash?
Why does no one kiss and hug me like people do in books?
Why am I not allowed to go to school with other children?(c)
This book is a veritable eye-opener. This is proba ...more
4 resilient, brave stars to The Only Girl in the World and infinite stars to Maude Julien for her resilience and bravery ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
From a little girl, Maude Julien was deprived of love, affection, and any comfort at all. On top of that, she was tested and challenged by her father to some standard I never really understood. Basically, he used it as an excuse to torture her. Maude learned compassion through her pets- thank goodness for her animals! And through incredible inner fortitude, Maude learn ...more
This book made me anxious. At times I was figuratively biting my nails to get to the end of an event. I would have loved to give child Maude a big hug and some warm chocolate. Her family was a cult, albeit a three member one. The tough rules that were enforced strictly was supposed to make her superhuman, but couldn't even afford protection against the garden variety pervert. Animals were tortured during Maude's childhood and so was Maude. And in a different fashion, Maude's mom was also a victi ...more