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The Kitchen Boy: a Novel of the Last Tsar

de Robert Alexander

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Séries: House of Romanov Trilogy (1)

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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… (mais)
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A work of fiction about the Romanov's in their last days as seen through the eyes of a servant. The story picks up in Tobolsk, Siberia, the next to the last place the Romanov's were held before their execution. There wasn't anything in this book that isn't general knowledge. I thought the author made the kitchen boy very self-centered. A waste of time. This is book 1 in a series. 240 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jun 26, 2024 |
A visit to the perennially mysterious last days of the Romanov family. The small, but needed, redeeming twist at the end was a bit disappointing. The story did not particularly hold my attention, but it did spark my interest in exploring that part of world history. ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
This one is going to the "Abandoned" shelf, I think.

My main problem with this book is that when you read fiction about real events you need something really powerful and captivating in the way the story is told - because actually you already know how it all ends.
So you need to be connected with things happening on every page, you need something that will build up the suspense and keep your interest up.
As a good example of it, the tv show 'The Tudors' comes to mind - you know very well how it goes, but you still keep hoping that maybe Anne will survive this time.

Unfortunately The Kitchen Boy lacks that bit of something. And even though there are hints about 'a twist in the end', I don't really care what it is - despite all twists in the world, the Romanovs' story ended the way it ended.

There are also minor problems, and although they are not so important, I can't help but rant.

First time I wanted to put the book down was when Nikolai and Alexandra started kissing in front of everyone. Like, really?

Second time I wanted to put it down (and actually did, mid-page and practically mid-sentence) was when Alexandra called Anastasia "Anya". I understand that author isn't Russian, but how difficult is it to research that the proper diminutive for Anastasia would be Nastya?
And yes, I googled specifically about Anastasia Nikolaevna - she, as any other Anastasia in Russia, was called only Nastya (and different forms of it, such as Nastenka).

Third, fourth, fifth and so on time I wanted to put the book down was when another Russian word was very weirdly spelled or incorrectly/unreasonably used.
The necessity behind putting some of those words in the text eludes me completely.
Especially I don't get why it's important to use 'kommunizm' instead of communism, 'bolsheviki' instead of Bolsheviks or 'arkhivy' instead of archives. But my personal favorite was, I suppose, the unexpected 'troopy' instead of dead bodies. Wrong form, by the way, in that sentence it couldn't be used in nominative case.

Also it seems like the author is a bit confused whether he wants to just use transliteration (as with 'konechno', 'shahmaty', 'russkogo'), or to get closer to the correct pronunciation (like using 'neechevo' for nichego, 'eezyoom' for izyum and 'eedee-ot' for idiot), or just to give foreign words weird-looking spelling (as with 'xoroshow' and 'xhorosho' - it's 'horosho', for God's sake; or 'zdravstvoojte' - seems like a real Dutch word, this one, especially with a j thrown in there).

Again, all these would have been just minor troubles if the story itself was great. Buuut.... nope. ( )
1 vote alissee | Dec 8, 2021 |
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 |
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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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