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Rasputin's Daughter

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  2,957 Ratings  ·  404 Reviews
From the author of the national bestseller The Kitchen Boy comes a gripping historical novel about imperial Russia’s most notorious figure.

Called “brilliant” by USA Today, Robert Alexander’s historical novel The Kitchen Boy swept readers back to the doomed world of the Romanovs. His latest masterpiece once again conjures those turbulent days in a fictional drama of extrao
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Shay Mcallister
Feb 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Jul 23, 2012 added it
Really enjoyed this novel about Rasputin's last week on earth, told by his daughter as she discovers all of the conflicting facets of her father's personality.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: russia-fic-lit
Maybe I want too much from fiction. I want it all to be literature, so I'm often set up for disappointment.

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
Oct 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
Easily one of the worst books I've ever read, Alexander's take on Rasputin is drawn nearly exclusively from the 500 pages of testimony given by those closest to him to the Thirteenth Section in the months after his murder. The author's near abandonment of the revolution, despite it being a major player in the lives of all characters involved is a disappointment, not to mention that none of his characters show themselves in any sort of multi-dimentional way. The "shock" at the end is embarassingl ...more
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Russian history lovers
This was a captivating pre-quel to The Kitchen Boy, exploring the myths surrounding this man who rose from a Siberian peasant to become a direct spiritual advisor to the Tsar. Told from the perspective of his daughter who was intricately involved in his life and got caught up in the fray as the murder plot was carried out with her as a witness. Maria was close to her father and struggled with the gossip as she learned to understand him and his life more fully. Well developed characters and situa ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
This book just wasn't for me. I got to chapter 10; and I just found myself unable to continue. Maria, the main character, never seemed to develop. The author jumped around with her "memories" of her father and how they connected to the present situation. The Romanov's and Rasputin are some of my favorite historical books to read; but this one didn't' do it for me.
Robert Alexander
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Because our book club enjoyed The Kitchen Boy so much, I recommended Rasputin’s Daughter, having read it years ago before I became a Romanov enthusiast. I gave it three stars then, and I’m sticking with that rating now. For starters, I didn’t really care for the title character Maria. She recounts the week prior to Rasputin’s death, but to me it seems like she hardly knew the enigmatic man prior to that. One would think, having grown up with her father being who he is, she would be familiar with ...more
Ashley W
Rasputin's Daughter was a really great book, because it humanized the controversial Rasputin instead of making him a totally evil figure. After all, most of the knowledge I had about him came solely from the inaccurate animated movie. I didn't even know the man was married with children.

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
Sue Ellen
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I would have rated this just two stars, but then I read Bill Moynahan's biography, Rasputin: The Saint who Sinned, and realized that Robert Alexander must have read it, too, because so much of the information in the novel is practically verbatim from the biography. Alexander takes poetic liberties by adding a love interest for Maria Rasputina, but even that seems like a composite of several real-life characters that appear in the biography. So, I upped my rating to three stars for meticulous his ...more
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Robert Alexander is the author of the bestselling novels Rasputin's Daughter, The Kitchen Boy, and the forthcoming The Romanov Bride. He has spent over thirty years traveling to Russia, where he has studied and also worked for the U.S. government. He speaks frequently to book clubs, and the schedule for his live video webcasts can be found at his website:
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