Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina
The dramatic story of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia—A penetrating and deeply personal study that gives profound psychological insight into their marriage and how it shaped the events that engulfed them.
There are few characters in history about whom opinion has been more divided than the last Tsar of Russia,
First of all, the organization was weird. Rounding begins with chapters organized by topic, but about halfway through switches to organizing each chapter chronologically, starting over again with ...more
Well, I would give it 5 stars, wouldn't I?
Here's an extract from my Introduction to the book, which explains something about my approach to the writing of it:
"The analogy that comes most readily to mind when writing a new book about such apparently well-known yet still controversial figures is that of curating an exhibition of some already famous artist. Just as the curator endeavors to present a different view, through judicious, sometimes idiosyncratic, selection, juxtaposition, ordering, and...more
Title was misleading. I thought this was to be a love story but it was all about Alix's health problems and Nicky's indecisiveness. And it was so political. I also disliked the author's writing style. She was presumptuous and enjoyed acting as if she knew exactly what the family was thinking or meant the entire book. Her sources were shaky at best and her notes were badly done. And she bounced around too much. The last 50 pages were so boring and hard to get through.
I have no doubt that in the right hands, this book would get a solid 5 out of 5 star rating. It is obvious that the book was thoroughly researched, and that the author has a great interest in this topic and a passion for acting as a "curator" to gather the various accounts and opinions of Alix and Nicky. I really admire and respect all the work that very clearly went into this book on the part of the author. Unfortunately, I didn't really e ...more
We know, most people, that Alexandra and Nicholas, their five children, three servants, and personal doctor were shot in a cellar maybe a year after the tsar abdicated. What made this book so difficult for me was that I got to know Alex ...more
I found the book both sad and interesting. Sad because those two shy people just could not be the autocrats their ancestors were. S ...more
There were a couple of little gems in Alix's story. First, on their 21st anniversary, Alix and Nicky were apart, however, Alix mentions in a letter to Nicky, that she had put on her brooch, to remind her of him. I believe , she is referring to his magnificent ...more
Beautifully written. The last chapter was very evocative.
I think the most interesting insight I gained was that Alexandra's meddling and championing of the monk Rasputin certainly hastened their demise. However in spite of this they probably would have suffered the same fate as Nicholas never seemed to get a grip on han ...more
This book was very interesting. This book allowing insight into something that few people know. While this type of book is not what I usually read I was drawn into this book. Reading about a Tsar and Tsarina I kept wondering how there life's are changed by the whim of the people. Everyone has choices in life whether it is to go one way or the other. This book portrays exactly that in the life of Alix and Nicky. Did they do what was right? In t ...more
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