Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina
There are few characters in history about whom opinion has been more divided than the last Tsar of Russia, Nicho ...more
I am a self-confessed Russian history nerd. I studied Russian history, from Peter the Great to the modern day, throughout my A Level History course and as part of my undergraduate degree. There's something about it which is both mysterious and compelling. It is perhaps no ...more
First of all, the organization was weird. Rounding begins with chapters organized by topic, but about halfway through switches to organizing each chapter chronologically, starting over again with ...more
Well, I would give it 5 stars, wouldn't I?
Here's an extract from my Introduction to the book, which explains something about my approach to the writing of it:
"The analogy that comes most readily to mind when writing a new book about such apparently well-known yet still controversial figures is that of curating an exhibition of some already famous artist. Just as the curator endeavors to present a different view, through judicious, sometimes idiosyncratic, selection, juxtaposition, ordering, and...more
Title was misleading. I thought this was to be a love story but it was all about Alix's health problems and Nicky's indecisiveness. And it was so political. I also disliked the author's writing style. She was presumptuous and enjoyed acting as if she knew exactly what the family was thinking or meant the entire book. Her sources were shaky at best and her notes were badly done. And she bounced around too much. The last 50 pages were so boring and hard to get through.
I have no doubt that in the right hands, this book would get a solid 5 out of 5 star rating. It is obvious that the book was thoroughly researched, and that the author has a great interest in this topic and a passion for acting as a "curator" to gather the various accounts and opinions of Alix and Nicky. I really admire and respect all the work that very clearly went into this book on the part of the author. Unfortunately, I didn't really e ...more
I found the book both sad and interesting. Sad because those two shy people just could not be the autocrats their ancestors were. S ...more
I was blown away by how Virginia Rounding manage to personalize all the Romanovs, especially Alix & Nicky. It was amazing being able to read letters of theirs and to really get to know their personalities. A ...more
We know, most people, that Alexandra and Nicholas, their five children, three servants, and personal doctor were shot in a cellar maybe a year after the tsar abdicated. What made this book so difficult for me was that I got to know Alex ...more
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Her previous book was a fresh ...more