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Rasputin's Daughter

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  2,915 Ratings  ·  400 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 e ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Penguin Books
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Shay Mcallister
Feb 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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)  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, those who enjoy historical fiction
This take on the "Mad Monk" of Russia, whom the Empress Aleksandra Fyodorovna Romanov trusted and relied upon to keep her son alive, shows the holy man with all of his faults as well as his talents. Rather than perpetuating the official revolutionary depiction of an evil, grasping, magician whose Satanic powers held the Romanovs in thrall, Robert Alexander gives us a man who allowed his vanity to get the better of him. Told from the perspective of his daughter, Matryona (known as Marie in Petrog ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sakit hati

Perasaan yang berkecamuk di dada Matryona Grigorevna Rasputina, Maria saat melihat ayahnya dikhianati oleh orang-orang terdekatnya. Orang-orang terdekat yang kebetulan adalah para bangsawan. Di depan matanya Maria menyaksikan sang ayah yang selama dihormati oleh para bangsawan dibunuh secara keji. Entah mengapa mereka tidak membunuhnya juga walau melepaskan dirinyas etelah puas menyiksa.

Bukan rahasia lagi kemampuan supranaturalnya membuat ia dengan mudah diterima di lingkung
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It took me while to get through it cause it was an audio book and I don't have a lot of listening time...but I kept hiding around the house to listen to a minute here and a minute there.
This book is about the last days of Rasputin as seen through her oldest daughter Maria. And I thought the mystery and intrigue of those few days fascinating. I know this book is fiction, but it encouraged me to look into the history of the events and I learne
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Candy by: Rita
fascinating period piece; I knew nothing of the history and politics of Russia until I began reading Alexander's novels; after reading this one, I went scurrying to the internet to research a little more about Maria Rasputin and her father; much of the novel is historically accurate, although I do question whether Maria's narrative is true to the actual behavior, motives, and supposed healing abilities of the man, Rasputin. Still a fascinating read!
Dec 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had read Kitchen Boy by same author so found this book intrigueing. Fascinated by this time in Russian History and found this a very interesting read. Will go soon to Romanoff Bride by the same author. Now want to do more research on Rasputin's daughter Maria.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually really enjoyed this! I'm a huge history nerd and the Russian revolution time period is definitely one of my favorites. Rasputin has always interested me, and I loved this take on the classic story-Maria was a really great character.
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lit-fiction
Very good novel about Rasputin's last days as told from the perspective of his real-life daughter Maria.
Liz Lawrence
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book nearly as much as the Romanov Bride. If you like historical fiction and/or biography I believe you will enjoy this book.
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im kind of stuck between three and a half and four stars. While i enjoyed reading this book, ultiamately i found the characters to be undeveloped and therefore the book unfulfilling. Womp. Womp.
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction and this was no exception. Went to the library to find a book on Rasputin and came away empty-handed!
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aside from the fact that the cover shows Tatiana Romanov and not Maria Rasputin, it was a very good book!
Tezar Yulianto
Hadiah dari teman-teman BBI Joglosemar, terima kasih :)
Oct 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Don't bother.
Shelves: 1-star
Underwhelming to the point of skimming. I tried to focus up to the halfway point but at that point decided it wasn't worth the time for a full and attentive read.

Whatever Rasputin's daughter was in real life, in this book she was whiny, dull, and bipolar. I love Sasha, I hate Sasha, I love my father, I hate my father, my father is a fraud, my father is a God, my father is a sexual predator, but eh! Whatever, because I just had sex with a man I only like because he quoted a line of poetry at me
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-fiction
There's a lot of good research baked into this book, and it opens up a side of Rasputin's life that is little known and rarely discussed. I didn't feel that the writing drew me in in quite the same way that a Martin Cruz Smith or Sam Eastland novel does, but this was an enjoyable read and I will look out for Alexander's other novels.
Joshua Coolman
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated the insight Alexander offers into the life and death of Rasputin and the sect of the Khlysty - especially the insight of how the popular tales were probably spread as fuel for propaganda of one kind or another. It would have been nice if Alexander had woven in more of the events of the Revolution - but he did so much of that in other books that I understand the absence here.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
Written from the point of view of a tolerant daughter, trying to justify this horrible man. Why write it? Why read it? The historical conversations must be pure fiction, and even then, it wasn't worth the time.
Lorraine Montgomery
Rasputin's Daughter is a cleverly-written blending of fact and fiction attempting to recreate the mystique of the controversial monk from the perspective of his daughter, Matryona Grigorevna Rasputina, known as Maria. For the purposes of this story, Maria has returned to the Winter Palace, now ransacked and overrun by the people, where she is captured and interrogated by Aleksander Aleksandrovich Blok (once her favourite poet), who has been drafted and mandated by the "Exraordinary Commission ...more
Cynthia Simpson
Interesting because I studied the Romanovs and Rasputin but I really wanted to strangle the title character as she was duped repeatedly but a love interest. Nice summary of the events after the end of the book too.
Kevin Waggoner
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exquisitely told historical fiction story that keeps you rivited to the end.
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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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