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Imparateasa Fara Coroana by Vintilă Corbul
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Jun 14, 12

bookshelves: mainstream, read_2012, romanian_language
Read from June 12 to 13, 2012

As Goodreads just ate my longish review, let me summarize it - much darker and different Vintila Corbul book that shows the decline and ultimate doom of aristocracy beyond ceremonial use and snobbish attraction. Same great storytelling ability made it impossible to put down once started, but unlike his usual tales of the hijinks of the rich and famous - dark, cynical and notable for the lack of clemency towards his main characters, but lively, funny, satirical and quite enjoyable - this one is just dark and gloomy all the way

Everybody - from the scheming nobility to the Tsar(s) is caught in a spiral of doom and only the few that try to stay outside of system like Katia's son (and legitimized prince of Russia as Alexandr II's son) are happier though at a price and of course the system ultimately reclaims them too

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