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Rasputin's Daughter

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  2,796 Ratings  ·  389 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 extrao
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Shay Mcallister
Feb 02, 2009 Shay Mcallister rated it did not like it
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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.
Jun 07, 2014 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: russia-fic-lit
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
Oct 27, 2009 Meg rated it did not like it
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
Dec 27, 2007 Mara rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2016 Ashley rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
This book just wasn't for me. I got to chapter 10; and I just found myself unable to continue. Maria, the main character, never seemed to develop. The author jumped around with her "memories" of her father and how they connected to the present situation. The Romanov's and Rasputin are some of my favorite historical books to read; but this one didn't' do it for me.
Robert Alexander
Mar 21, 2008 Robert Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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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
Ashley W
Rasputin's Daughter was a really great book, because it humanized the controversial Rasputin instead of making him a totally evil figure. After all, most of the knowledge I had about him came solely from the inaccurate animated movie. I didn't even know the man was married with children.

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
Sue Ellen
Feb 03, 2013 Sue Ellen rated it liked it
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
Nov 05, 2013 Debbi rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2013 Truly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sakit hati

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
Oct 17, 2011 Candy rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 27, 2008 Rita rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 17, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it
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.
Mar 25, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, lit-fiction
Very good novel about Rasputin's last days as told from the perspective of his real-life daughter Maria.
Liz Lawrence
Aug 31, 2016 Liz Lawrence rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book nearly as much as the Romanov Bride. If you like historical fiction and/or biography I believe you will enjoy this book.
Feb 14, 2015 Leslie rated it liked it
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.
Jun 24, 2010 Virginia rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction and this was no exception. Went to the library to find a book on Rasputin and came away empty-handed!
Tezar Yulianto
Hadiah dari teman-teman BBI Joglosemar, terima kasih :)
Caralyn McDaniel
Mar 09, 2017 Caralyn McDaniel rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio of this title on my daily 40-minutes-both-ways commute. It was at least entertaining, especially if you already have an interest in the subject matter. I didn't think this was as awful as apparently some reviewers did. I did a major research paper on Rasputin in one of my 3 Russian/Soviet history classes, and a lot of the historical information is easily verifiable and this book is faithful to that. One thing I did notice is that the author has his heroine beginning most ...more
Joshua Coolman
Mar 07, 2017 Joshua Coolman rated it really liked it
I appreciated the insight Alexander offers into the life and death of Rasputin and the sect of the Khlysty - especially the insight of how the popular tales were probably spread as fuel for propaganda of one kind or another. It would have been nice if Alexander had woven in more of the events of the Revolution - but he did so much of that in other books that I understand the absence here.
Lorraine Montgomery
Mar 26, 2015 Lorraine Montgomery rated it really liked it
Rasputin's Daughter is a cleverly-written blending of fact and fiction attempting to recreate the mystique of the controversial monk from the perspective of his daughter, Matryona Grigorevna Rasputina, known as Maria. For the purposes of this story, Maria has returned to the Winter Palace, now ransacked and overrun by the people, where she is captured and interrogated by Aleksander Aleksandrovich Blok (once her favourite poet), who has been drafted and mandated by the "Exraordinary Commission ...more
Nov 04, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
This book was intriguing enough to make me want to know more about Rasputin and the revolution in Russia. It was well-written and engaging.
Feb 05, 2017 Steve rated it really liked it
An interesting tale from the point of view of the oldest daughter in the last days of the great monk's life. Sort of a sad tale, but it was fairly direct that Rasputin was both great and flawed.
Dec 30, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it
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
Jan 30, 2008 Leanna rated it liked it
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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

Regina Lindsey
Sep 25, 2012 Regina Lindsey rated it liked it
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.

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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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