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Alice in Exile

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Alice in Exile is Piers Paul Read's triumphant return to the fiction for which he is widely praised: romantic, dramatic, and rich with detail. It features Alice Fry--an independent woman in a world ruled by men--and the two men who love her. It is 1913 when Alice meets Edward Cobb, the eligible son of a baronet. When Alice's father, a radical publisher, gets involved in a ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 9th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2001)
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Apr 04, 2012 Jean rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a well-written, satisfying novel
Recommended to Jean by: I have read other novels by Piers Paul Read
I enjoyed this book very much indeed. It gave me more insight into conditions in Russia towards the end of World War One than I have ever gathered from academic accounts in history text books. The book is well written and held my interest all the way through. Alice Fry develops from an intelligent, independent but rather naive young woman at the beginning of the book into a compassionate and well-rounded woman who endured the many hardships imposed on her by the revolution with equnimity.
This is a gorgeous, satisfying book. If you liked Dr. Zhivago, you'll love Alice in Exile. It's also a bit like Alan Furst's books, which also evoke a tender, somewhat melancholy mood that brings to life not only a past era but a past sensibility, both good and bad.

Read is slightly notorious in Great Britain for being a Catholic anti-feminist. It doesn't show in Alice in Exile, in fact, he does a really marvelous job of giving us the world through 1913 suffragette Alice's eyes. She's young and
Sarah Whitmore willis
Most of the way through I would have given it three stars. Definitely upped his game in the last few chapters. Beautiful ending.
Romantic read with interesting setting against back drop of WW1 and Russian Revolution. Very readable.
The beginning was really interesting but I didn't like the ending at all. The heroine was very naive at first, then she fell in love with a married man who wanted to seduce her. In my eyes the man remained a swine and couldn't understand why she loves him.
So what looked like a good book at first became a morally questionable tale of a woman.
Still, it made me think about past times and my own life too, so in a way it raised interesting ideas in me.
I probably won't read it again.
Alice Dove
So far am loving this book, I am feeling what the main character is feeling and understanding the era.
Updated to add, I have now reduced the star rating to three, as it tailed off significantly into "filler" material, causing me to lose interest. Still a good read, captivating to about half way then a little harder going. Good, intelligent writing. Historical interest.
Amazing novel following a woman who flees to Russia. She endures the winters and the Revolution. Such a great insight into Russia and very educational! This novel has it all: romance, betrayal, love, war, poverty, wealth, suspense... It's what good books are made of:). I leant this book to a friend and never got it back, which is a bummer cause I'd like to reread it
Jennifer Dougherty
I think I'm becoming old and jaded. Any book that ends up neat and tidy -- no matter how many hardships the characters endured throughout -- isn't cutting it these days. I did like the historical perspective of the Bolshevik Revolution, though.
A captivating and powerful novel. Piers Read writes of strength and suffering. Self-pity is supplanted by regard and reflection. 'Alice in exile' is a fine tale structured by the events of the first world war and the Russian revolution.
Bit lightweight and some of the characterisation is quite predictable. I had hoped to find out more background to the Russian Revolution but it really only served to set the scene for the plot. Still, an enjoyable read.
Aug 23, 2007 Shannon rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: book club
I had high hopes for this one, but never actually finished it. It's rare that I don't force myself to finish a book, even if I don't love it.
I liked the historical elements to the book. But overall the book was just blah.
Revolutionary Russia... very history laden with bits of plot thrown in here and there.
Karen  Fiandaca
Interesting story set during WWI in england and Russia
Bonnie Feldstein
I enjoyed this book; found it a good read.
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British novelist and non-fiction writer. Educated at the Benedictines' Ampleforth College, and subsequently entered St John's College, University of Cambridge where he received his BA and MA (history). Artist-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in Berlin (1963-4), Harkness Fellow, Commonwealth Fund, New York (1967-8), member of the Council of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1971-5), member of ...more
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