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Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison
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May 15, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction, russia
Read from May 15 to 18, 2012

I just could not bring myself to like this novel very much. While I initially looked forward to the tale of the Romanov family told through the eyes of Rasputin's daughter, this novel failed to live up to expectations. Fragmented and nonlinear, much of the novel involved the stories told by Matryona Rasputin to Alexei Romanov, the hemophiliac tsarevich. Despite the novel's faults, what really spoiled the story for me was the attraction between the thirteen-year-old Alexei and the eighteen-year-old Matryona. I found the attraction between these characters unrealistic and it nearly made me stop reading the book.
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