The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir Review

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-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 animals and her passion for literature. In writing this memoir, Maude Julien shows that it is possible to overcome severe trauma. She recounts her chilling and deeply moving story in a compelling and compassionate voice.

Title:The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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 Didi...

  • ?Misericordia? ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ?????? ????

    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 Yve...

  • 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 ...

  • Susanne Strong

    4 Stars.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 suffe...

  • Elyse Walters

    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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    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, affectio...

  • 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, Jea...

  • Marialyce

    This was a horrendous story of how far a child can be abused and what the consequences of years of abuse can do to one's mind, body and soul.It was a hard story to read and I am sure even a harder sto...

  • 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 achiev...