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
This book was enjoyable enough and really hooked me towards the end. I don't know enough about the Rasputin family to gauge how much is true and how much was fictionalized, but it definitely makes me want to know more. If you are looking at this book as an in-dep ...more
I was excited whe ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I really struggled wi ...more
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 ...more