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 extrao ...more
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 ...more
The novel chronicles the last week of Rasputin as told by his oldest daughter, Maria, and she is very confused about how she feels about her father. Everyone seems to either love him or hate him, and while she t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
I really struggled wi ...more