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  • Paperback
  • 229 pages
  • The Kitchen Boy A Novel of the Last Tsar
  • Robert Alexander
  • English
  • 14 June 2014
  • 9780142003817

10 thoughts on “The Kitchen Boy A Novel of the Last Tsar

  1. Robert Alexander Robert Alexander says:

    Hey I wrote it what am I supposed to say but I love it

  2. jessica jessica says:

    aaaand my massive binge read on all russian related books continues я ни о чем не жалею if i hadnt already known before picking this up that it was a work of historical fiction i would have never assumed that not in a million years i was blown away at how much of this read like a memoir the story felt so personal and so realistically genuine yes the events that happened were unfortunately real but wow i believed nearly every single word of this book and if that isnt a testament to the phenomenal uality of this story not to mention the research done to ensure its accuracy then i dont know what is i found this to be uite moving highly informational and truly a gem of a book on what was otherwise a terribly dark moment in history very well done↠ 4 stars

  3. Nikki Nikki says:

    45 stars rounded upMany years ago in my high school world history class I was assigned a research project I cannot recall how or why I ended up with Rasputin being my research topic but he became the subject of my project It was then and there that my strong interest in the Romanov story was born Ever since I have been fascinated by the Romanov family and this tumultuous piece of history And for anyone interested in the tragic tale of the Romanovs The Kitchen Boy is a fantastic read This novel by Robert Alexander is a fine piece of historical fiction Told from the perspective of Leonka a kitchen boy working in the house where the Romanovs were imprisoned this novel explores the last few weeks of the Romanov’s lives Robert Alexander does an excellent job with the entire setting and feeling of this book It feels very personal and poignant and the flow of this novel is astounding Although we all know what ultimately happens to the Romanov family the build up along the way is full of tension anxiety and fear There is a heaviness that accompanies this story Not only that there are deeper mysteries lurking throughout this novel Connecting present with past truths and lies and confessions come pouring out giving the reader a very interesting mystery to piece together I must say I thought by the end I had it all figured out but I did not The last several pages had me completely on edge For fans of historical fiction for fans of historical mysteries and for anyone who is simply curious about the Romanov family I highly recommend The Kitchen Boy

  4. Natalie Natalie says:

    Like all well educated individuals I first learned about the Romanovs from the animated movie Anastasia I know you remember it Don't deny it A Brief Father Cameo A Sweet Romance Between Meg Ryan Anastasia and John Cusack Dimitri You Want a Little Sass with that Romance? You Betcha I am still a kid at heart and still adore this movie for everything that it is I fear that accurate is not something that it is Unfortunately this means that my obsession interest was based on LIES Being aware of this I decided to approach The Kitchen Boy as a newborn babe unaware innocent and wrinkly yet adorableYou know what I loved about this book? Well a lot of things but the first was that it didn't go on and on and on and on much like this review may end up doing It was short and precise but also very powerful There is a mysterytwist but I was a little oblivious and didn't get caught up in that at all Much of the book was the day to day activities of the Romanov family and the select servants still with them but it didn't feel repetitive Even the mundane rinse lather repeat days fascinated me The mysterytwist was just a bonus I loved that the way the characters were presented made me grow attached to them Good Because I felt connected to the characters I felt like I was there A fly on the wall I felt my heart break for that poor Tsar and Tsarista because they weren't evil; they were just oblivious and ignorant and too wrapped up in their own family and four walls And while I don't love feeling sad ok sometimes I do I do love a book that can make me feelBad Because I just dreaded what I knew was going to happen all the I went to bed right before that part of the book because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep if I read it then I loved that there was Russian throughout It made me want to learn Russian and I was walking around my house repeating words in an incredibly horrific amazing Russian accentimitation I felt so fancyI don't read a ton of historical fiction because the story I read usually gets into my head and I confuse it with the truth I forget that it is a work of fiction and find it difficult to detach and remember that it was written as a fictional account of events This is why I appreciated the authors note the indented passages select notes and letters attributed to the Romanovs their captors and Rasputin are all accurate and can be found in various archivesThis helped me separate the fiction from the non fiction Sometimes a girl needs a little help Next time I will just pick up a non fiction book and save myself the headache Still a great book and a great story4 Stars

  5. Adrianne Adrianne says:

    For the first 170 pages I felt like the Alexander was beating a dead horse by focusing on the same four points over and over again 1Leonka was the kitchen boy 2Although Tsar and Tsaritsa had many failings they were good people that deeply loved their family and Russia 3 The conditions the Romanovs were kept in were terrible with little hope of escape and 4Misha hated himself for how history unfolded Seriously I was sick of these points being described again and again Yet I didn't skip a single sentence I think that's because Alexander would unfold them in a slightly different angel every time So I guess I liked Alexander’s writing styleBy the way this was our Book Club's March book Many of my friends had finished the book before I did They kept telling me how the end had a twist and how they were still thinking about the ending I thought “How could this book have a cool twist for an ending?” The book was so straight forward and dull with description that I knew I could predict the ending So I thought of the most wild and strangest endings I could think of—just in case it was a really crazy twist I am not going to appear smart at my Book Club on Thursday I was NO WHERE close to guessing the endingThe last seventy pages WOW I couldn't read fast enough There were so many twists and turns And that's how I came to give this book three starsAnd guess what? Those four points is what makes the ending that much better

  6. Tania Tania says:

    Nikolai Aleksandra and their five children were the ultimate symbols both good and bad of all that was Russia35 stars If like me you know very little about the Romanov's this is an excellent introduction The author explains while blending it in as part of the story the politics and history He also shows that bad rulers can still be good people And to top it off he manages to still add a lot of suspense to a story where everyone knows the ending

  7. Angela Watts Angela Watts says:

    I was assigned this book for school; my Ma hadn't read it just bought it offline It went with our last year's study of Russia and the Romanov family Granted of course we learned plenty and read books on the time line learned about Russia saw the anger and the mobs during that bad time etc But no book brought to life just how tragic and serious that time of history was like this fictional novel Not for me I was never interested much in the history of Russia I'd started reading the Last Tsar and found that obviously the history was absolutely awful An entire royal family being murdered in the same room with their servants and their dog too; I couldn't imagine that graphic that horrific kind of thing This book is from the fiction perspective of the 'kitchen boy' he lives with the Romanov family while they're 'under lock down' basically that's what happened Honestly I can't give much of this story away because it's just so stunning and astonishingly told The story leads you on Not slowly nor so fast you lose track of what's happening I loved how it was told the style of writing It wasn't some far fetched extravagant tale no It was told in a serious startling tone That time of history was crucial and it was told as such It wasn't on a whim; the story and the perspective it was told from was all very keen I was never bored I was dragged in so fast by the writing by the story I was gaping At how significant it all was How it all happened in history Whether I was grounded by the actual history or the fictional bits that slid so perfectly in alignment with the truth the history It seriously all fell into place Into perspective Into line Whether I was staring in utter surprise or covering my mouth because 'Dang Dang' it was all real Real cruel hard smooth and then jagged hope and no hope The only thing that bummed me with this book was the fact there seemed to be no hope If there was it was crushed and found as a lie I didn't particularity like that with the kitchen boy's end I feel that he didn't have to end like that With no hope Perhaps the author and the world found what ended and how the boy's thoughts were in his final time 'realistic' or something But I don't As the story is told yes the narrator did some very very bad things But I was forced to think as I read would God forgive him? If the man asked for forgiveness for what he had done would Yeshua have forgiven him? I do not know if the author was a Christian or such; but that ending that part I found wrong Hope faith it IS there We are not lost cases Not with God God was in no part of this book so I didn't uite expect for hope to be found in the story but I wish it had I think that if faith in God had been a part of the narrators heart it would have been different for him Because he did not I felt deeply sorry for him It was that gripping and moving of a book in a way; though I wrestled in distaste because no hope was present I still saw the character's utter lost self It showed me what we really are without God when we face our sins and past alone Without mercy without His Love This book is still one of the best I think I've read It was a fascinating heart wrenching story The history itself has lessons to teach and to see it written out in such a story really made it all the vivid This book is not a 'clean' novel it is about a very dark horrific time in history It portrays the history as such Because of this this book is graphic and bad cussing is used once in the book at least super bad cussing While some of the facts of this book may be unsettling for others it was not that bad to me and the book seemed very honest to me I got the insights of just how bad it was

  8. Audrey Audrey says:

    I am demoting this book to two stars because after stewing for a couple of months I've decided it annoys me The Kitchen Boy is not bad The language of the narration is interesting There is a stilted halting slightly awkward flow to the language which reminds me of how my husband who lived in Russia until his mid 20s would write in English I'm not sure if Robert Alexander a native English speaker wrote like this on purpose or not But in general I'm not very impressed with the style I've generally avoided reading fictional accounts of the Romanovs generally because there is so much documentation on who they were and what happened to them and their story is so outrageous sickening and heartbreaking that fiction just seems unnecessary And there's a lot of EXTREMELY well written nonfiction books on the subject Just read Robert Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra for god's sake Most of the book is confessional style the narrator the kitchen boy is spilling his guts to a tape recorder There is a fairly predictable twist at the end and I don't really buy some of the reasoning that the characters made justifying the secrecy

  9. Leanna Leanna says:

    Robert Alexander’s The Kitchen Boy is a fictionalized account of the Romanovs’ last days Several historical records mention a kitchen boy working for Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra during their captivity in Yekaterinburg These references inspired the novelMisha is the kitchen boy In the late 1990s he lives in the United States and has recently lost his wife Before dying himself he makes a tape for his granddaughter explaining exactly what happened to the Romanovs on the days preceding and immediately following their murdersI was fascinated by the account particularly since most of my background on the topic comes directly from the animated feature AnastasiaAlexander humanizes the royal family but also holds them accountable for much of Russia’s recent history Indeed Misha suggests if the royal family had acted differently had been in tune with the country they could have prevented Stalin’s eventual reign of terror and spared the lives of millionsDespite their heavy historical responsibility despite knowing their fates I irrationally hoped the family particularly the children would escape and was horrified by the manner of their deaths The women had hidden jewels in their corsets When the firing suad shot at the princesses the bullets ricocheted off the gems prolonging their deathsUnfortunately the book’s ending goes astray pushing reality so much I could no longer suspend my disbelief Like Alexander’s Rasputin’s Daughter though Kitchen Boy inspired me to research further to discover how much of Alexander’s account was based on fact and what we really know about those last few days Despite the obvious liberties Alexander takes the book does not claim to be anything but fiction; it is well written and certainly entertaining

  10. Jeanette Lewis Jeanette Lewis says:

    The story of the last Romanov Tsar Nicholas II and his brutal murder the family and their staff has been one of conspiracy theories mystery and fantasy The connections to ueen Victoria “ueen of Europe” and the royal interbred European royal dynasties were all part of the same fantasy An old man relates his part in the lives of the Romanovs when they were prisoners His misgivings of lies told over a lifetime weigh heavily on him and the last lie is revealed finally only by his lack of good housekeeping The story is a reasonable tale although I was bored with the constant day to day details of the Romanov imprisonment to a point that long before the end I realised that there were to be revelations by the end The opportunity to create around the granddaughter was missed something that would have made this read enjoyable for me One paragraph dealing with escape from Russia was insufficient and seemed a fill in One only has to observe the plight of refugees even today to realise that escape from persecution is difficult and dangerous let alone in 1918 during the time of the Russian revolution The epilogue deals with the final twist to the story but is a disappointing effort

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About the Author: Robert Alexander

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