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
Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. I honestly do not even have words for the horrors that happened in this poor woman's life as a child. Trapped for her entire childhood with a psychotic father who thought he was creating a superhuman and a mother who was just as much a prisoner as Maude since her own childhood, the things this poor girl experienced are unthinkable. It is horrifying to remember after reading this that it was a true story.
Utmost courage and an amazing will to survive. Raised in the most horrific of circumstances, by a mother acquired by the father just to provide him with a child he could mold into a super person, and a father who has to be insane, she found the will to survive. The things she went through, so incredibly hard to read, to believe, gives truth to the stage of truth bring stranger than fiction. Locked in a basement, tied down, kept there overnight to ponder death, rats scurrying around her feet. Eve ...more
THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD: A MEMOIR is a powerful true story I choose to see as a triumph of the human spirit.
Maude's father wanted a superhuman child and set out with single minded purpose to achieve his goal. He found a young girl and adopted her. When she was old enough he married and impregnated her. When his daughter was born her training began.
I'm not going to go into everything Maude went through, because it's grim. Extremely grim. Also, a lot of what she went through might not seem bel ...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
I need to understand just how much my very existence is a result of my father's plans. I know I must prove worthy of the tasks he will set for me later. But I'm afraid I won't measure up to his vision. I feel too feeble, too clumsy, too stupid. And I'm so frightened of him. The sheer heft of him, his big head, his long thin hands and his steely eyes-I'm so terrified my legs give way when I come close to him.
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
I realize I’m more of a hawk than a dove when it comes to rating books so I will break it down why I ended up giving a 3.
As for compelling me to read to the end, and as quickly as possible, this book gets a 5. The story is so tragic and appalling that I’m desperate to get out of the nightmare and find out who rescued this poor girl or what inner strength did she summon and from where to escape to be able to be writing this today.
But the overwhelming and specific detail makes me nervous. I boug ...more
Audiobook...a memoir...read by the author Maude Julien
“My father reminds me that he has devoted his entire life to me -first he had to find my mother. She was only six when he found her. And he was already a very rich man. He brought her up with the best education possible, and then when the time came, he gave birth to her. I need to understand, that just my existence, is a result of my father’s plan.
I must prove worthy to his plan, but I am afraid I won’t live up to his vision”.
Maude is so fri ...more