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Catherine the Great

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  1,998 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Has some wear on the cover.Cover has some edge and/or corner wear.Has clean, unmarked pages. Binding is tight and in excellent condition.Buy with confidence!
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Plume (first published 1977)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Catharine II, Empress of Russia, Henri Troyat
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: چهارم آگوست سال 1993 میلادی
عنوان: کاترین کبیر؛ نوشته: هانری (هنری) تروایا؛ مترجم: نادعلی همدانی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر فاخته، 1371، در 661 ص، مصور، عکس، چاپ دیگر: تهران، نگاه، 1382، در 600 ص؛ شابک: 964351980؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه کاترین دوم، امپراتریس روسیه، از 1729 تا 1794 - قرن 18 م
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نمی دانم ریویو برای این کتاب را چطور باید شروع کنم. کتاب رمان نیست. در واقع زندگینامه یکی از بزرگترین زنان تاریخ است که بیش از هر تصویر دیگری زن هست و نیست. کسی که با خواندن زندگی اش برای اولین بار تصویر انسانی از زن دیدم نه تصویر زنانه از انسان. کاترین به معنی واقعی کلمه آدم است بدون اینکه مغلوب جنسیتش شود.کسی که به وقتش معشوق می طلبد به وقتش به جنگیدن می پردازد و به وقتش مادر میشود.آدمی که شیفته فلاسفه بزرگ میشود فلاسفه بزرگ را شیفته خود می کند و نهایتن بر اساس عقل و تدبیر خویش عمل می کند نه ع
Lynne King
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-own, russia
This is a brilliant book on Catherine the Great and I was reminded of this author today by Kalliope, who had written a review on Tchaikovsky.

This much acclaimed author, who had moved to France from Russia in the early twentieth century wrote some inspiring biograpies including amongst others, Ivan the Terrible and Dostoyevski.

His greatest achievement, I feel, was being a member of the Academie Française until his death in 2007. Only those who excel stay there.

A highly recommended book.
Aglaya Moroz
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To start with, Catherine the Great is the best female leader in human history. I've been fascinated by her for many-many years. In my opinion, Henri Troyat's book is the most objective, beautifully written biography. I strongly recommend this book to anybody who is curious to learn more about the "Golden Age of Russia" and Catherine, as a ruler and a woman.
Sotiris Karaiskos
Δεν μου άρεσε αυτό το βιβλίο. Μου αρέσουν τα ιστορικά βιβλία μου έχουν μια πιο λογοτεχνική και μυθιστορηματική γραφή αλλά νομίζω ότι εδώ ο συγγραφέας φτάνει στην υπερβολή, δείχνοντας ένα πάθος για εμένα ασυγχώρητο για αυτό το είδος των συγγραμμάτων.
Carl R.
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not fully checked out on most aspects of Russian history, and I didn’t know much about Catherine the Great aside from her reputation for promiscuity and the excellent Shaw one-act. I was somewhat familiar with Henri Troyat’s work from reading his fine biography of Tolstoy and gladly jumped into the pages of Catherine the Great when a neighbor of mine lent me a copy.
You won’t find a more fascinating historical or human figure than Catherine. She’s full of the kind of powers and contradicti
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though a European history buff, I knew virtually nothing of Catherine the Great, so I borrowed this biography from my sister at Christmas and have just finished it. What a story it is! Born Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst in 1729, a Lutheran from one of many German noble families, she was plucked from obscurity by King Frederick of Prussia, who arranged a marriage between the teenage Sophie and Peter Ulrich of Holstein, grandson of Peter the Great and possible heir to the throne of Russia. The ...more
Maira Arrázola
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buena lectura, me gustó la manera en la que explica la evolución desde princesa alemana hasta emperatriz de todas las Rusias, contando sus relaciones con la nobleza europea y el pueblo ruso de la época y como esas interacciones la llevaron a conducirse de la manera en que lo hizo.
I have one major issue with the book and the is the sources that Troyat uses; memoirs and secondary litterature. To me, as I study history at the moment, memoirs are big no-no's. At least without having other sources to compare them with, which Troyat doesn't. At times I was completely convinced that what I was reading was simply a 3rd person re-writing of Catherine's own memoirs. Everything seemed to be taken from her memoirs and nothing was original work or research. The reason why I am such a ...more
Apr 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sofía Federica Augusta de Anhalt-Zerbst nació en Stettin, Pomerania, en 1729. poco sospechaban sus padres que esa niña, de del todo deseada la madre prefería un varón ni tampoco demasiado agraciada, ocuparía a la edad de treinta y seis años el trono de Rusia con el nombre de Catalina II y que la historia la recordaría como Catalina la Grande. Ya desde muy joven percibió que estaba llamada a cumplir en Rusia una misión política y social sin precedentes. Ambiciosa y dotada de una fuerte voluntad, ...more
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I had to put this book down unfinished. While it was a fantastic factual book, that's what it was. It was somewhere between a biography and a "based on fact" historical fiction. I had never read anything about Catherine The Great prior to this book and the one really good thing this book did was make me want to know more about her. I think I'll look up a different book that is more to my taste - "based on fact" historical fiction.
Книгата е написана биографично и е млако скучновата, не се доближава много до исторически роман, а по-скоро е по-биографична. Интересна е и е информативна, за тези, които искат да се запознаят с историята и живота на една велика жена. Очаквах да е по-интригуваща, по-увлекателна, не мога да кажа, че е много ми хареса, но научих доста неща, които не знаех и книгата е много обстойна биография и освен личният живот на Екатерина, описва и държавническите особености, политиката по време на нейното упр ...more
3,5. A very complete biography on Catherine the Great, too bad the writing bore me so much.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the Catherine the Great biographies, I think this is the best. I had previously read Troyat's work on her grandson Aleksandr (the Tsar who had to grapple with Napoleon) and knew this one would be as well-researched and interesting. She was basically married off to an arrogant simpleton in order to provide an heir to the Russian throne, and the author clearly describes how unpleasant this duty would have been. On her wedding night, for example "[s]he lay there like a she-goat staked out for ba ...more
Very rarely have I watched a movie based on a true story is the true story more exciting than the movie is, but this is the case with Catherine the Great. I watched the Catherine Zeta-Jones "Catherine the Great" a few weeks ago and wanted to read the biography. Catherine the Great was quite the interesting lady. She was a series of contradictions: one of the greatest rulers Russia had without a drop of Russian blood, had a self-professed "republican heart" who was the autocratic ruler of a count ...more
Rachel Jackson
Henri Troyat creates an interesting and entertaining portrait of Catherine The Great, one of Russia's greatest monarchs despite not even being Russian. The book is nothing really that groundbreaking for information about the Empress, but it is still an informative look at her life, loves and challenges as she tried to create a legacy of such a vast country.

The book is a quick read, owing perhaps in part to very little being written about the political relationships of the time. Troyat does talk
This biography of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, was written by Henri Troyat and published in 1977. I thought that the story was fascinating. It detailed how Princess Sophia, of Anhalt-Zerbst (born in 1729) who at 15 married Peter Ulrich of Holstein, grandson of Peter the Great and possible heir to the throne of Russia. Sophia changed her name to Catherine and converted from the Lutheran church to the Russian Orthodox church. Peter did become Emperor Peter III, and Catherine eventually ...more
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelf
This book is great. I have read and own another book on Catherine but this one grabbed my attention by Page 3. This will not take long at all. I love Robert Massie and I have read his books on Peter The Great and The Romanovs. I should be finished by the weekend. Without a doubt one of the best book I have ever read, The writing and the research are absolutely outstanding. Robert K. Massie is amazing. This is really an important book about an amazing and outstanding woman and gives so much insig ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students, teachers, lovers of royal history
Henri Troyat is a master biographer. This tome of history is rich in history but I must say that I struggled to keep going. It is boring. There is a great amount of detail which I fully appreciate but I think it is a bit biased. Information is taken from memoires but seems to contradict many other sources that I've read before, including the wonderful Massey biography.

There are moments when I believe that Troyat is obsessed with Catherine and other moments when I think he shows complete disdain
Nikola Vukoja
While I enjoyed this, and anyone who takes a look at the books I've read will see history features heavily, I couldn't give it more that 3* because it #reads like fact but isn't.

Henri Troyat is a brilliant writer, no doubt of that.
However, his #Facts are based on second-hand hearsay and memoir's - some of which if examined, to not *match now known historical facts.

Overall this is well worth the read but it must be noted that, as someone who's studied history and who is a super-nutter-history-buf
Cristiana Stanciu
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Well... Catherine the Great. Most people remember the unorthodox stories about her. But I trust Henri Troyat to be as objective as he can be in a romanticized story about one of the most imposing monarchs in history. Though not particularly fond of hard data in history, I am very drawn to any easy-access novel that makes me travel back in time. Particularly at a time when my job is facing me with the Russian spirit, this book comes as a very good background when it comes to understanding Russian ...more
Ian Walton
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this interesting piece Troyat show us how the amazingly clever, impetuous lover and incredible ambitious , Sophie Friederike Auguste, prussian princess who bagely knows how things works on the mystical Russia, transform herself in to the future Catherine The Great,Empress and Autocrat of All the Russias, who won her throne next to Peter the Great as his real heiress. Whit beautiful descriptions of russian society on the XVIII century, the reader can almost feel the magnanimity of the Winter P ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si presenta come un librone lungo, pesante... il tipico mattone. Per fortuna mi sono dovuta ricredere. Troyat ci presenta la Grande Caterina quando è ancora una piccola, insignificante, principessa. Sa cosa vuole, e persegue senza mai stancarsi gli obiettivi che intende raggiungere.
L'autore non ci da giudizi morali su Caterina, lui riporta solo le opinioni di coloro che Caterina la conobbero, e ne riporta le azioni e le decisioni. Questo è sicuramente molto favorevole all'autore: è facile cader
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The real story of Catherine's life (born Sophie, a minor princess in Germany) doesn't need any embellishment, but Troyat is, nevertheless, a masterful storyteller in this biography. I enjoyed reading the plentiful examples from the empress's letters and following her transformation from the slightly awkward, smart Grand Duchess to Katerina Velikaya/Catherine the Great. Today we'd say that she had good interpersonal skills and powerful intuition. I've recommended Robert Massie's biography in the ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic read about a woman who I think Henri Troyat would have easily bedded, should he have ever had the chance (200 years prior). He is rather flattering in his portrayal of the Empress and the affection is both intriguing and sometimes irritating. By the end, I noticed my middle class, rebellious roots flaring a bit - I couldn't help but feel completely vengeful when CTG started to sweat the French Revolution so hard. And for all her fancy days and nights, she dies just like any ...more
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as captivating as Peter the Great by Robert Massie but this is mostly due to the fact that Catherine frittered away so much of her time and energy with an endless list of gorgeous but rather mindless lovers. I was a bit bored by the descriptions of her love life and would have preferred to read more about her politics. Nevertheless the book has left a strong impression and I will never forget the amazing trials of Catherine's youth, arriving in Russia as a young German aristocrat and ...more
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who is interested in Russian History
I've gotten very tired of reading about traditional European history, and I love biographies, so I thought I'd read about Catherine the Great. Wow, what an amazing ambitious woman! I hope to have her sexual appetite when I get older.

What's more important is to see how she shaped and changed Russia in it's thinking and laws along with her lover Potemkin. I would love to read more about Russian history to see how what she did lead up to the Communist overthrow in Russia. I loved this book, couldn
Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, bio
This was a most remarkable historical biography. The detail was amazing yet the text was very readable. I already knew a good deal about Catherine the Great but Troyat really made her alive. Catherine was a German transplant to the Russian court who survived court intrigues and led a coup to become queen. She was a liberal philosophically and a friend of Voltaire but ruled in the Russian autocratic style. Her list of lovers is legendary but there were no horse stories. Finally, this book renewe ...more
Oct 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating woman for her time; actually for any time. Although she was not Russian (she was German) she learned to love the Russian people and tried to do her best for the country. Her best, however, was sometimes cruel and inhumane. Quite an interesting life. There is a new biography of her by Robert Massie (who wrote a bio of Peter the Great). I think I need to read that one also in order to delve into her reign a little more and get another perspective.
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long been fascinated with Russia - her people, her leaders, and her history. Catherine the Great is an incredibly interesting and fascinating character in that history. Although there have been many books written about her, the best is a writing I discovered about 35 years ago. I haven't been able to find that particular book (probably long out of print), but this one by Troyat is equally good reading.
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Troyat was a French author, biographer, historian and novelist.

Troyat was born Levon Aslan Torossian in Moscow to parents of Armenian descent. His family fled Russia in anticipation of the revolution. After a long exodus taking them to the Caucasus on to Crimea and later by sea to Constantinople and then Venice, the family finally settled in Paris in 1920, where young Troyat was schooled and later
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