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Dancing With Kings

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  11 reviews
An alluring, exotic novel set in the late eighteenth century, based on the life of the famous and much-painted courtesan, La Belle Phanariote
Unknown Binding, 400 pages
Published April 21st 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2005)
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Laura Purcell
I finally gave up at around 60%. It's such a shame because this author has real talent (see my review of The Winter Palace) but I just couldn't get into this book. Not only does it skip around between narrators and time period, but it isn't always clear what's going on. I normally give books I don't finish 1* but this is going to get a 2. There were some really lovely descriptions in it and scenes that got my attention. But ultimately I found I didn't really care what happened and couldn't slog...more
Countess Sophie Potocka was a real person who lived 1760-1822. She was born to a humble family, and was a Greek Christian in Turkey, who later married a Pole and ended up in Russia. These were turbulent times when Poland was partitioned out of existence and the French Revolution ended the monarchy in France. It was interesting to learn of the politics and also the mores of the time. The 18th century was much more open than the 19th, particularly for the aristocracy who could have dozens of affai...more
Kate Millin
I found the style quite difficult at first as it jumps between the stories of the different characters and it took a bit of time to get them sorted out in my mind. It is an interesting story of how a woman could use her body to make a life for herself in Napoloenic times. It also shows the double standards for the men involved as opposed to the women. It is the first time I have read anything based in Poland.

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I gave up. I couldn't follow the story. It kept jumping around too much. I couldn't remember the names of the characters (mostly because I didn't care about them) and have yet to find a redeeming quality in the main character.

I read for fun, not to culture myself. This was not fun.
A wonderful read. The author conjures up images of Russia that will stay with me forever. Easy to read, informative...a must for anyone interested in historical novels, and most particularly, Russian history.
Greg Wolfson
horribly, childishly written book about a facinating, brilliant woman. This book reduces her to a mere money-grabbing whore wiith no brains...so dissapointing!
Liana Stergiopoulou
pretty good book.
Fascinating life of Sofia, but a little bit too much the way it was said.
Good book anyway!
Elizabeth Eames

I liked this book. The story moves along at a good pace, the characters are interesting and the history fascinating.
ultimately unsatisfying - writing isn't that great. i think i would rather read the russian novelists on the subject.
Kelly Pow
love it...narrated in a few persons' point of view with flashbacks that gives the story 'life'
Anke van Zweel
this book was confusing and I did not understand it at all.....
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Eva Stachniak was born in Wrocław, Poland. She moved to Canada in 1981 and has worked for Radio Canada International and Sheridan College, where she taught English and humanities. Her debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2000. Her first novel of Catherine the Great, The Winter Palace, has been included in the Washington Post 2011 list of most notable...more
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