Enchantments

Enchantments

A Novel

Book - 2012
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"St. Petersburg, 1917: As the new year dawns, a diver pulls the murdered body of Rasputin, the Mad Monk, from the icy waters of the Neva River. Hours later, his daughters are taken to the Tsar's palace as wards of the Romanovs, where the Tsarina makes a shocking request: would Masha, 18, take her father's place at the sickbed of the tsarevitch Alyosha? Shaken, Masha agrees to do what she can for the imperious young prince, haunted as she is by questions about her father's powers and her future in a country accelerating toward political apocalypse. Two months later, the Bolshevik Revolution forces the Tsar to abdicate, and the whole royal family is placed under arrest in the Alexander Palace. Trapped together in increasingly harsh living conditions, Masha and Alyosha find themselves taking increasing solace in one another's company. The two teenagers, with radically different experiences of Russia, of Rasputin, and of Alyosha's parents' unlucky reign, create a private realm of magic and of love, as Masha introduces the young tsarevitch to a wild and beautiful land he will never live to rule. An unusual, gorgeously told love story, and a rich tapestry of unparalleled storytelling, Enchantments brings to life the final days of Rasputin and the Romanovs. It is a breathtaking tour-de-force by one of our most acclaimed writers."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
ISBN: 9781400063475
1400063477
9780812973778
Characteristics: xii, 314 p. ;,24 cm.

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sjmwdc
Jan 29, 2016

I loved this book. I loved the way the author leap back and forth in time with revealing (if fictional) stories and memories of her main character and and the fascinating crew of characters whose fates swirl around her. It was a great sequel to Robert Alexander's "Rasputin's Daughter."

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walkermom
Aug 10, 2012

good novel, but I would have enjoyed it more if I did not have some previous knowledge of Russian history.

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steph_peregrine
Jun 22, 2012

From the description, you'd think this would be an exciting historical fiction novel about the fall of the Romanovs, but pay close attention to the part about Masha and Aloysha sitting under house arrest and telling each other stories, because that is ALL that happens. It was tediously slow and repetitive and I found it a struggle to get to the minimal payoff at the end. I wouldn't bother reading this one.

ohtethys Apr 03, 2012

At times I found the prose a little slow-moving but the descriptions of Russia at the time, the destitution of the poor contrasted with the opulence of Romanovs, are detailed and so well-written. The real strength of the book is in the characters...especially Rasputin and the Romanovs. If you love historical fiction, you'll be pleased with this book.

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