The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

The Only Girl in the World

Maude Julien’s 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 Maude’s 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 child’s education. That child was Maude, on whom her father conducted his outrageous experiment—to raise the perfect ‘super-...

Details The Only Girl in the World

TitleThe Only Girl in the World
Release DateDec 12th, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir, Psychology

Reviews The Only Girl in the World

  • Carol
    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 bl...
  • Diane S ☔
    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...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ❂❤❣
    Q: Life is stronger than anything else, there is always a solution, and I will find it. I’m sure of that. (с) Q: 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 child...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    The Only Girl in the World is an extraordinary memoir about madness, control and the survival of horrific childhood abuse.Maude Julien's father Louis chose his future wife and mother of his child, Jeannine, when she was only six and he was 34. He became Jeannine's guardian by promising her family that he would provide her with a quality education.Then: "Twenty-two years after he took possession of Jeannine, Louis Didier decided the time had come ...
  • Debra
    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 a...
  • Char
    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,...
  • Marianne
    “My father finds laughter extremely irritating. He sees it as a waste of energy, proof of a total lack of control. Smiling finds no favour in his eyes either. ‘Do you want to be the village idiot?’ he asks if he catches me gazing up at the sky with a smile on my face. ‘Only halfwits smile. Your face must be serious and expressionless in order to confuse your adversaries. Never reveal anything’”The Only Girl In The World is a memoir by...
  • Mary Carrasco
    It is extraordinary what a human can endure and survive. I'm so glad Maude made it through to the other side so that she can share her story with the world. I won a copy of, The Only Girl in the World, in a Goodreads giveaway. So a huge thanks for giving me the opportunity to read it!
  • Dora Santos Marques
    A minha opinião em vídeo: um livro de não ficção que não desiludiu e que mostrou como existem pessoas completamente insanas e que tornam a vida num inferno às pessoas à sua roda...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    The cover of the English version of this memoir is disturbing enough -- a tiny, lovely child, with a hauntingly quizzical expression on her face. But this picture, harrowing as it is, is benign compared to the French language cover, with the original picture, in which that same child is shown with her father looming over her. He is the stuff that nightmares are made of, every child's boogeyman. But he was her father, and the horrors he inflicted ...