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The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar (edició 2003)

de Robert Alexander (Autor)

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs' brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family. Does he hold the key to the many questions surrounding the family's murder? Historically vivid and compelling, The Kitchen Boy is also a touching portrait of a loving family that was in many ways similar, yet so different, from any other. "Ingenious...Keeps readers guessing through the final pages." --USA Today… (més)
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Títol:The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar
Autors:Robert Alexander (Autor)
Informació:Viking Adult (2003), Edition: 1st, 240 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
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Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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The Kitchen Boy: a Novel of the Last Tsar de Robert Alexander

  1. 00
    Rasputin's Daughter de Robert Alexander (wrz2)
  2. 01
    The Betrayal de Helen Dunmore (Iudita)
    Iudita: Another story about historical events in Russia.
  3. 01
    The Romanovs: The Final Chapter de Robert K. Massie (bnbookgirl)
  4. 01
    The Siege de Helen Dunmore (Iudita)
    Iudita: Another story about historical events in Russia.
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This book will surprise you. I love to have my expectations for a book to be completely wrong.

Don't be fooled by the lukewarm beginning and the lenghty routine descriptions. It's description of the assassination and transport of the dead royal family is amazing, as well as the secret at the end. ( )
  ladyars | Dec 31, 2020 |
Through the eyes of Leonka, kitchen boy and sometime playmate of the Tsarevich Aleksei, the reader is transported back to the final months and days of the Romanov family, held in isolation in Yekaterinburg in 1917. Robert Alexander paints a portrait of a genuinely loving, though colossally naïve, family, the last in a long line of Russian royalty that began with Tsar Michael in 1613. Though we know full well how the situation will end despite some dramatic glimmers of hope, the narrative is not unduly bleak and contains a surprising twist. At just 229 pages, The Kitchen Boy is also a relatively rapid read for someone looking to squeeze in another book before the end of the year. ( )
  ryner | Dec 8, 2020 |
This extremely well-written novel reads like a true-life adventure story. It's a tale of the murder of the Russian imperial family in 1918 in their place of exile in Siberia, told by one of the people who were present at the time. The plot ranges from revolutionary times to the present day and involves a deep, dark mystery: why were two of the bodies never discovered? The reader is quickly drawn into the story, and the writing is such that even though you know a terrible fate that awaits the last Tsar and his family, you keep hoping the ending will be different. This last part of the book is excellent with some unexpected plot twists, which brings the tale to a bittersweet conclusion.
The author often is lengthy in his writing and provides the reader with a rich feel for Russian culture and history.
While Alexander tells a fictional story, he does so while drawing heavily from historical events. Real people did real things, and some of those things were heinous. Looking back through nearly 100 years of history, it is easy to see what was not clear then. In murdering the Romanovs, the Bolsheviks revealed their true colors as ruthless murderers, willing to do anything to grasp and maintain power. And in doing so, they paved the way for profound brutality and ruthlessness that continue today. ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Nov 10, 2020 |
I loved Robert Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra. I love history. I thought I would love this book. I did not. I picked it up after the big Thanksgiving dinner and figured I'd have it completed by noon on Friday. Oh boy did it drag...the language is stilted, the story so repetitive and stop and go. I kept putting the book down. I very much wanted to put it onto the dnf shelf and walk away - but because it's a small book - I persisted and finished. It's the longest short book I've read in a long time. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
An interesting imagining of the final days of the Tsar and his family told through the eyes of one of the servants allowed into captivity with the family in their final days. The author uses a creative twist to unravel the story. Unfortunately captivity, due to it's very nature, can be rather dull so portions of the novel drag a bit and I found myself skimming a great deal through the middle section of the book. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
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The Kitchen Boy
By: Devin Miller

In English we were assigned to read a book called the The Kitchen Boy. It is written by Robert Alexander and is a historical fiction. Meaning it is based on real events but it is imaginatively reconstructed. This book is about a royal russian family that is brutally murdered. I really like most of this book. Some of it was just blah and I didn’t want to read it, but the plot twist in the end made it all worth.
This book is about the last royal russian family and how they were murdered. They were taken by the nasty bolsheviks to “The House of Special Purpose”. This is the last place they will have lived for it is where they are brutally killed. The book is told through the eyes of the kitchen boy Leonka. He is tasked with the most important mission of his life and the families. Through him we learn what happens to the family in this special house. The plot twist at the end is ridiculous.
The theme of this book is recurring. It is that faith can keep you going. The tsaritsa was always praying with her kids whenever possible and they even had a church service in the house.
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the tragic, perennially fascinating story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka. Now an ancient Russian immigrant, Leonka claims to be the last living witness to the Romanovs' brutal murders and sets down the dark secrets of his past with the imperial family. Does he hold the key to the many questions surrounding the family's murder? Historically vivid and compelling, The Kitchen Boy is also a touching portrait of a loving family that was in many ways similar, yet so different, from any other. "Ingenious...Keeps readers guessing through the final pages." --USA Today

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