The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

by Robert Alexander | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0142003816 Global Overview for this book
Registered by myrtillus of Pori, Satakunta Finland on 7/24/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by myrtillus from Pori, Satakunta Finland on Thursday, July 24, 2008
A Penguin Book, 2004. 229 p.

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 as seen through the eyes of the Romanovs' 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.

EDIT 19.8.2008

The novel wasn’t exactly what I expected, not near a literal masterpiece. The text is full of clichés.The first three quarteers of it went very slow. That is why it took so long for me to read it and I nearly gave up. But fortunately the last quarteer was exciting. Pretty good historical fiction.

Ipatiev House

I’ll send the book to amberC.

Journal Entry 2 by myrtillus at Pori, Satakunta Finland on Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Released 10 yrs ago (8/21/2008 UTC) at Pori, Satakunta Finland



The book is on it's way to amberC.

Journal Entry 3 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Friday, September 05, 2008
Arrived today. Thankyou.

Journal Entry 4 by wingamberCwing at Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Thursday, June 09, 2011
I was quickly drawn into this well written novel. It 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 was present at the time. The plot ranges from revolutionary times up to the present day, and involves a deep, dark mystery: why were two of the bodies never discovered?
There are a few twists at the end, which gives the story a bittersweet ending.

Journal Entry 5 by wingamberCwing at Bookbag in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Saturday, June 11, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (6/11/2011 UTC) at Bookbag in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia


Into the Anything Goes Bookbag.

Journal Entry 6 by PJLBewdy at Smiths Lake, New South Wales Australia on Friday, July 01, 2011
Selected from the 'Anything Goes' bookbag - looks like a good read

Journal Entry 7 by PJLBewdy at Smiths Lake, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, September 25, 2011
I hadn't really thought much about the Russian royals before - just pictured them as effete, inbred aristos under the thrall of Rasputin. This book, therefore, was somewhat enlightening and a fairly good yarn based largely on actual occurences.

Journal Entry 8 by PJLBewdy at Bali Palms Resort in Candidasa, Bali Indonesia on Sunday, September 25, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (9/25/2011 UTC) at Bali Palms Resort in Candidasa, Bali Indonesia


Left in the guest library bookcase adjacent to the foyer

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