The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar
Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra as seen through the eyes of the Romanovs’ young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs’ brutal murders and sets down the da
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On the subject of content, the murder scene is somewhat graphic, although not graphic just for the sake of being graphic. Also, there are a few things that the guards do to the bodies (particularly the female ones) that parents might object to.
As with most things like this, parents should do some research and have a conversation with their kids about the content.(less)
3.5 stars. If like me, you know very little about the Romanov's, this is an excellent introduction. The author explains, while blending it in as part of the story, the politics and history. He also shows that bad rulers, can still be good people. And to top it off he manages to still add a lot of suspense to a story where everyone knows the ending.
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I am still a kid at heart and still adore this movie for everything that it is (I fear that "accurate" is not something that it is). Unfortunately, this means that my
Misha is the kitchen boy. In the late 1990s, he lives in the United States and has recently lost his wife. Before dying himself, he makes a tape for his granddaughter, explaining exactly what happened to the Romanovs on the days precedi ...more
The Kitchen Boy is not bad. The language of the narration is interesting. There is a stilted, halting, slightly awkward flow to the language which reminds me of how my husband (who lived in Russia until his mid-20s) would write in English. I'm not sure if Robert Alexander (a native English speaker) wrote like this on purpose or not. But in general I'm not very impressed with the style.
I'm excited to be sharing this book with a new book club. Yes, I enjoyed it that much.
When starting it, I'd been under the impression that it was a ficion in some shape or form, but almost the whole way through I felt like I was reading a documentary on the Romanov family- a compilation of facts (some quite randome) and events that I already knew. And so I decided that Mr. Alexander's goal in writing this book, was merely to educate those who cared to know on the om ...more
"The Kitchen Boy" relata os últimos dias dos Romanov, a última família imperial russa.
Foi o 2º livro que li de Robert Alexander e o 2º da sua autoria ao qual atribuí 5 estrelas! :)
A elevada classificação deve-se, em grande parte, ao meu gigante fascínio pela cultura russa, nomeadamente pelo tempo dos czares, com carinho especial para Nicolau II, devido à sua trágica história. Contudo, em tal classificação, também tive em conta a bri ...more
But no book brought to life just how tragic and serious that time of history was like this fictional novel. Not for me.
I was never interested much in the history of Russia. I'd started reading the L ...more
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I've never read anything about the Romanovs before and this story made me want to learn more. So, while I was reading this I picked up 'Nicholas and Ale ...more
Alexander weaves a gripping tale of the events tha ...more
Although I understand it's supposed to be fiction, some historical inaccuracies bothered me too much to give this book a full five stars. That being said, I immensely enjoyed it. Also, the plot twist at the end? Just, what? Totally did not see that one coming. It's pretty much how you wish the story had gone. The Romanovs have fascinated me for years, and it was interesting to see Alexander's take on their last months of captivity.
Lisboa, 13 August 2016.
Robert Alexander focou-se na última entrada do diário da Czarina Alexandra, onde é mencionado que o jovem ajudante de cozinha - Leonka - foi levado pelos bolcheviques. Assim, o autor baseou-se na possibilidade de o jovem Leonka ser o único sobrevivente que sabe o que se passou ao certo com a família Romanov.
Sim, é um romance de ficção e como ...more
Written well before the final two Romanov children's bodies were found, Alexander takes what was once one of the best historical mysteries and brilliantly
weaves a tale about how the secret communications surrounding a possible rescue attempt of the Czar and his family from the Ipatiev house might have occure ...more
It's written in such a way that you can feel the tension getting worse as the end nears and you'll be draw ...more
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After the darkness-"
And after the illness-"
Exactly," said the Tsar. "We mustn't give up faith.”