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Rasputin's Daughter

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  2,320 ratings  ·  350 reviews
From the author of the national bestseller The Kitchen Boy comes a gripping historical novel about imperial Russia’s most notorious figure Called “brilliant” by USA Today, Robert Alexander’s historical novel The Kitchen Boy swept readers back to the doomed world of the Romanovs. His latest masterpiece once again conjures those turbulent days in a fictional drama of extraor ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Shay Mcallister
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Jul 23, 2012 Susan added it
Really enjoyed this novel about Rasputin's last week on earth, told by his daughter as she discovers all of the conflicting facets of her father's personality.
Dec 27, 2007 Mara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Russian history lovers
This was a captivating pre-quel to The Kitchen Boy, exploring the myths surrounding this man who rose from a Siberian peasant to become a direct spiritual advisor to the Tsar. Told from the perspective of his daughter who was intricately involved in his life and got caught up in the fray as the murder plot was carried out with her as a witness. Maria was close to her father and struggled with the gossip as she learned to understand him and his life more fully. Well developed characters and situa ...more
Robert Alexander
Apr 08, 2008 Robert Alexander rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Maybe I want too much from fiction. I want it all to be literature, so I'm often set up for disappointment.

The author gives a good description of how Rasputin might have lived in St. Petersburg (Petrograd) and Siberia, and and how he might have healed his petitioners, but fails to describe the protagonist. The title hints that we will get to know her, but we don't.

The compressed time frame of the action interferes with our knowing her; so does the first person narrative. Maria spends a lot of ti
Sue Ellen
I would have rated this just two stars, but then I read Bill Moynahan's biography, Rasputin: The Saint who Sinned, and realized that Robert Alexander must have read it, too, because so much of the information in the novel is practically verbatim from the biography. Alexander takes poetic liberties by adding a love interest for Maria Rasputina, but even that seems like a composite of several real-life characters that appear in the biography. So, I upped my rating to three stars for meticulous his ...more
Because our book club enjoyed The Kitchen Boy so much, I recommended Rasputin’s Daughter, having read it years ago before I became a Romanov enthusiast. I gave it three stars then, and I’m sticking with that rating now. For starters, I didn’t really care for the title character Maria. She recounts the week prior to Rasputin’s death, but to me it seems like she hardly knew the enigmatic man prior to that. One would think, having grown up with her father being who he is, she would be familiar with ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Debbi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, those who enjoy historical fiction
This take on the "Mad Monk" of Russia, whom the Empress Aleksandra Fyodorovna Romanov trusted and relied upon to keep her son alive, shows the holy man with all of his faults as well as his talents. Rather than perpetuating the official revolutionary depiction of an evil, grasping, magician whose Satanic powers held the Romanovs in thrall, Robert Alexander gives us a man who allowed his vanity to get the better of him. Told from the perspective of his daughter, Matryona (known as Marie in Petrog ...more
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Perasaan yang berkecamuk di dada Matryona Grigorevna Rasputina, Maria saat melihat ayahnya dikhianati oleh orang-orang terdekatnya. Orang-orang terdekat yang kebetulan adalah para bangsawan. Di depan matanya Maria menyaksikan sang ayah yang selama dihormati oleh para bangsawan dibunuh secara keji. Entah mengapa mereka tidak membunuhnya juga walau melepaskan dirinyas etelah puas menyiksa.

Bukan rahasia lagi kemampuan supranaturalnya membuat ia dengan mudah diterima di lingkung
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It took me while to get through it cause it was an audio book and I don't have a lot of listening time...but I kept hiding around the house to listen to a minute here and a minute there.
This book is about the last days of Rasputin as seen through her oldest daughter Maria. And I thought the mystery and intrigue of those few days fascinating. I know this book is fiction, but it encouraged me to look into the history of the events and I learne
Easily one of the worst books I've ever read, Alexander's take on Rasputin is drawn nearly exclusively from the 500 pages of testimony given by those closest to him to the Thirteenth Section in the months after his murder. The author's near abandonment of the revolution, despite it being a major player in the lives of all characters involved is a disappointment, not to mention that none of his characters show themselves in any sort of multi-dimentional way. The "shock" at the end is embarassingl ...more
I actually really enjoyed this! I'm a huge history nerd and the Russian revolution time period is definitely one of my favorites. Rasputin has always interested me, and I loved this take on the classic story-Maria was a really great character.
Im kind of stuck between three and a half and four stars. While i enjoyed reading this book, ultiamately i found the characters to be undeveloped and therefore the book unfulfilling. Womp. Womp.
Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 Valentin Mihov marked it as just-have-it
From Publishers Weekly

In an endeavor similar to his debut novel, The Kitchen Boy, Alexander couples extensive research and poetic license, this time turning his enthusiasm toward perhaps the most intriguing player in the collapse of the Russian dynasty: Rasputin. This eyebrow-raising account of the final week of the notorious mystic's life is set in Petrograd in December 1916 and narrated by Rasputin's fiery teenage daughter, Maria. The air in the newly renamed capital is thick with dangerous

Mar 04, 2012 Candy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Candy by: Rita
fascinating period piece; I knew nothing of the history and politics of Russia until I began reading Alexander's novels; after reading this one, I went scurrying to the internet to research a little more about Maria Rasputin and her father; much of the novel is historically accurate, although I do question whether Maria's narrative is true to the actual behavior, motives, and supposed healing abilities of the man, Rasputin. Still a fascinating read!
Had read Kitchen Boy by same author so found this book intrigueing. Fascinated by this time in Russian History and found this a very interesting read. Will go soon to Romanoff Bride by the same author. Now want to do more research on Rasputin's daughter Maria.
I love historical fiction and this was no exception. Went to the library to find a book on Rasputin and came away empty-handed!
Jason (RawBlurb)
This is one of the best books i have read in the the last 12 months.

Rasputin’s Daughter is considered historical fiction. it is based around Maria, one of Grigori Rasputin’s daughters. The book covers the time frame of up to a week prior to Rasputin’s death.

Rasputin himself has been world renowned as a charlatan, a genius, a monk, faith healer and psychic. in folklore, his powers were limitless, his ability to manipulate was matchless, and it took a whole lot to kill the bastard. most of the wor
Megan Marie
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"Rasputin's Daughter" is about the life of the daughter of Grigori Rasputin, infamous "healer" to the Romanovs, and highly contreversial. The whole book is a flashback in the point of view of Maria, (Rasputins daughter) in a flashback a week before his death. On a boat ride years before the assination of Rasputin, Maria meets a boy named Sasha who she loves until he is the cause for her father being stabbed. Throughout the book we see Maria's struggles as the daughter of Rasputin, and the questi ...more
Sep 29, 2008 Katherine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of The Red Tent
I had *heard* the name Rasputin before, but had no idea what he did, or who he was. The author assumes prior knowledge at the beginning - so it took me awhile to figure out what was going on.

I appreciated the relationship between Rasputin and his daughter, and its ups and downs. Her experience of getting to know who her father was, experiencing doubt and faith at the same time, and loving him dearly in the end seemed right on, and I did feel like meeting Rasputin through her eyes was a most inte
I didn't get the right descriptions concerning this book--I thought it would deal with the daughter AFTER her father's death and how she was affected. I did not think it would be while her father was alive and her discovering that her father wasn't as wonderful and holy as she believed. Well, I didn't want to discover it either. That's just things that may have (likely with that person did) happened, but I don't want to hear them. I don't want to read them. I am unsettled, and not in a good or p ...more
Regina Lindsey
Rasputin's Daughter is the fictional account of the last week of Rasputin's life told from the perspecitive of Maria, Rasputin's teenage daughter. As the mystic monk, confidante to Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, and healer to the young Romanov heir Rasputin provided ample ammunition for both sides of the Russian Revolution. Even after his murder by aristocrats, supposedly protecting the crown, his relationship with with the Romanov's was useful to revolutionary cause.

I really struggled wi
Sara Peterson-davis
I really wanted to like this book, especially when I got to the end and the epilogue alluded to the fact that the storyline was taken from confessions found in a revolution-era report. I just couldn't like it though. The characters lacked depth and the plot, which should have held more than its share of political intrigue, was as gray as a Russian winter.

I wanted to be on the edge of my seat as the book's heroine, Maria Rasputin, went sulking through the streets of Petrograd trying to uncover cl
Rasputin's Daughter is the story of Maria Rasputin in the days leading up to her infamous father's murder. It reads like a memoir. Maria talks about her father in familiar terms and it is written entirely in the first person. It is easy to believe that this books is a piece of non-fiction, but it's not. It's a fictional take on the lives of real people. Honestly, it left me wondering why I wasn't reading well researched historical non-fiction as Rasputin's Daughter left me not so much caring abo ...more
Jean Marie
This was my second Robert Alexander Romanov novel, after the brillant Romanov Bride. This was very much of his style, well written, clever, emotional and interesting. After all, when it comes to the collapse of the Romanov Dynasty what could be more interesting than a portrait of the imfamous Rasputin through the eyes of his daughter? The story of the last week of Rasputin's life through the eyes of his eldest daughter, Maria, who is trying her best to save her father from, what she sees as, an ...more
I love the Romanovs. I always have. And I have always through Rasputin was a fascinating personality. But for some reason I never thought to look past his surface, so I was very surprised to hear he had a family...and daughters! Silly to think that he wouldn't have, but there you go. This story was incredibly well thought out and researched and I very much enjoyed reading it. Maria, as a character, was so real. The conflict of loving her father but at the same time becoming disillusioned with hi ...more
Disclaimer: I’ve been fascinated by the story of the Romanovs ever since I was a little girl. This novel, told by Rasputin’s daughter’s point of view, focused more on Rasputin instead of the family.

Robert Alexander weaves in the fiction so smoothly, I was compelled to Google Maria Rasputin to find out what was true and what wasn’t. (For those who prefer very accurate historical books, I probably wouldn’t recommend this. But then again, it’s historical fiction.) Maria is a very believable charact
Since I love reading about the Russian Imperial Family; the Romanovs, I have tried to read it from every angle. Before reading this book, this was NOT an angle I wanted to explore too deeply, but I was pleasently surprised by this book. Simular to Alexander's "The Kitchen Boy" it read like a biography and was adiquitly based on historical fact. Eventhough the accounts of Gregory Rasputin's daily life and odd rituals were strange and at times disturbing, the main character's mind still remains fa ...more
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Robert Alexander is the author of the bestselling novels Rasputin's Daughter, The Kitchen Boy, and the forthcoming The Romanov Bride. He has spent over thirty years traveling to Russia, where he has studied and also worked for the U.S. government. He speaks frequently to book clubs, and the schedule for his live video webcasts can be found at his website:
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