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Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina By Virginia Rounding,

  • Title: Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina
  • Author: Virginia Rounding
  • ISBN: 9780312381004
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The dramatic story of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia A penetrating and deeply personal study that gives profound psychological insight into their marriage and how it shaped the events that engulfed them There are few characters in history about whom opinion has been divided than the last Tsar of Russia,The dramatic story of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia A penetrating and deeply personal study that gives profound psychological insight into their marriage and how it shaped the events that engulfed them.There are few characters in history about whom opinion has been divided than the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, and his wife the Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna On one hand, they are venerated as saints, innocent victims of Bolshevik assassins, and on the other they are impugned as the unwitting harbingers of revolution and imperial collapse, blamed for all the ills that befell the Russian people in the 20th century Theirs was also a tragic love story for whatever else can be said of them, there can be no doubt that Alix and Nicky adored one another Soon after their engagement, Alix wrote in her fianc s diary Ever true and ever loving, faithful, pure and strong as death words which met their fulfillment twenty four years later in a blood spattered cellar in Ekaterinburg.Through the letters and diaries written by the couple and by those around them, Virginia Rounding presents an intimate, penetrating, and fresh portrayal of these two complex figures and of their passion their love and their suffering She explores the nature and possible causes of the Empress s ill health, and examines in depth the enigmatic triangular relationship between Nicky, Alix and their favourite, Ania Vyrubova, prot g e of the infamous Rasputin, extracting the meaning from words left unsaid, from hints and innuendoesThe story of Alix and Nicky, of their four daughters known collectively as OTMA and of their hemophiliac little boy Alexei, is endlessly fascinating, and Rounding makes these characters come alive, presenting them in all their human dimensions and expertly leading the reader into their vanished world.
    Alix and Nicky The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina The dramatic story of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia A penetrating and deeply personal study that gives profound psychological insight into

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    1. Alix and Nicky remained on my TBR shelf for over two years, and after reading, I have no idea why that was Well, perhaps the fact that my copy is rather a large hardback which was incredibly difficult to juggle whilst in bedI am a self confessed Russian history nerd I studied Russian history, from Peter the Great to the modern day, throughout my A Level History course and as part of my undergraduate degree There s something about it which is both mysterious and compelling It is perhaps no surpri [...]

    2. I really, really wanted to love this book Massie s Nicholas Alexandra is one of my favorite books, so I was looking forward to this update now that much new information is available from the Russian archives Overall, though the information it contained was good, this book was a disappointment.First of all, the organization was weird Rounding begins with chapters organized by topic, but about halfway through switches to organizing each chapter chronologically, starting over again with the beginni [...]

    3. Well, I would give it 5 stars, wouldn t I Here s an extract from my Introduction to the book, which explains something about my approach to the writing of it The analogy that comes most readily to mind when writing a new book about such apparently well known yet still controversial figures is that of curating an exhibition of some already famous artist Just as the curator endeavors to present a different view, through judicious, sometimes idiosyncratic, selection, juxtaposition, ordering, and ev [...]

    4. Maybe a 2.5 Title was misleading I thought this was to be a love story but it was all about Alix s health problems and Nicky s indecisiveness And it was so political I also disliked the author s writing style She was presumptuous and enjoyed acting as if she knew exactly what the family was thinking or meant the entire book Her sources were shaky at best and her notes were badly done And she bounced around too much The last 50 pages were so boring and hard to get through.

    5. I received this book for free as a First Reads giveaway.I have no doubt that in the right hands, this book would get a solid 5 out of 5 star rating It is obvious that the book was thoroughly researched, and that the author has a great interest in this topic and a passion for acting as a curator to gather the various accounts and opinions of Alix and Nicky I really admire and respect all the work that very clearly went into this book on the part of the author Unfortunately, I didn t really enjoy [...]

    6. Nicholas and Alexandria had three passions their passion for each other, their passion to keep their rule autocratic, and their passion for suffering They apparently felt they were fated to suffer, so they were passive about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that fell upon themselves Those that fell upon their son Alexis, they were not so passive about.I found the book both sad and interesting Sad because those two shy people just could not be the autocrats their ancestors were Sad bec [...]

    7. I have always been fascinated with the Romanovs due to a childhood obsession with the film Anastasia I also did a project on them for my European history class during my freshman year in high school However, I did not realize how ignorant I was on their history until I read this book.I was blown away by how Virginia Rounding manage to personalize all the Romanovs, especially Alix Nicky It was amazing being able to read letters of theirs and to really get to know their personalities As a history [...]

    8. This is a pretty rough read Not because it s not a compelling story it is, though it can be dense at times and perhaps overly confusing in the description of the ministerial musical chairs and other things it s because the story is almost too compelling.We know, most people, that Alexandra and Nicholas, their five children, three servants, and personal doctor were shot in a cellar maybe a year after the tsar abdicated What made this book so difficult for me was that I got to know Alexandra and [...]

    9. This book was really fascinating concerning the relationship between Nicky and Alix and their children It really went into Rasputin s huge influence over the family The main things I has problems with was the author jumping around switching to events sometimes out of order Nicky and Alix s anti Semitism really turned me off and Alix s using her invalid state as a tool to control her children My favorite parts were when the author did a personality test on Nicky with very accurate results that he [...]

    10. I am going to be brutally honest here and state right up front that I did not like this book very much While I appreciated some aspects, such as the descriptions of the palaces, and various celebrations such as in 1913 and the coronation, the author s attitude was sarcastic and at times snide that s hard to take in a nonfiction, historical book Most frustrating was the nonlinear format of telling the story, and the constant jumping about by the author it was annoying and made the story difficult [...]

    11. This is an account of the love story, and the tragedy, of the ill fated Nicholas and Alexandra As one reviewer on pointed out, it s of a psychological study of the pair than a straight biography and if you don t have at least a basic knowledge of this period, you may find yourself lost at times The author relies heavily on the couple s letters, which especially in Alix s case are variously heartbreaking, mushy, appalling, and poignant Rounding is sympathetic toward her subjects but takes a clea [...]

    12. Having read quite a few biographies of Nicholas and Alexandra, I was not sure if there would be anything new for me in this book And while most of the information were indeed not new , the way they are organized, presented and interpreted make the publication truly wonderful Perhaps because this time the writer is a woman most of the Romanov fiction is written by men the politics is not the main topic Instead we are invited to the most intimate circle of the last Imperial couple and explore thei [...]

    13. This novel is very short in length but full of depth This novel just isn t about the love of Nicky and Alix, but also the political downfall of Nicky and all of Alix s health issues There was a lot of information within this novel, but the majority of everything was political I did not enjoy the lay out of this novel it starts out in later years and then goes back to when Alix and Nicky meet and fall in love I was hoping of of their love and companionship after Nicky abdicates the throne The en [...]

    14. I tried, I really did, but this book was boring The writing was dull, the chapters are far too long, and it was just hard to get into I love Alix Nicky and enjoy reading everything I can about their tragic lives This just didn t work for me.

    15. This book was disappointing It followed no chronological order and jumped all over Rasputin and Anna Vyrubova were hardly mentioned at all Little was spoken about the time, that the family was held as prisoners, before they were executed.There were a couple of little gems in Alix s story First, on their 21st anniversary, Alix and Nicky were apart, however, Alix mentions in a letter to Nicky, that she had put on her brooch, to remind her of him I believe , she is referring to his magnificent enga [...]

    16. I enjoyed the informative but tedious early chapters of this book which include in better detail Nicky and Alix s relationships they kept from the rest of the family, especially with Anna Vyrubova However, the chapters were too long and the book suffered from a combination of Anastasia s Secret disorder bad earlier, chapter, good later chapter and Natasha s Dance disorder good, informative beginning, confusing later chapters Most of the book could have been rated at 4 stars, despite the amount o [...]

    17. This is the first nonfiction book that I have read on Tsar Nicholas II and his family Obviously, I knew the basics and by reading a few fictional books on Anastasia and plain research I grasped a little bit of what their life was like However, that is not what this book focuses on Instead, from this book, I learned what the relationship was like between Alix and Nicky As someone who knew nearly nothing of them, this book was an eye opener I was previously unaware of the absolute devotion that th [...]

    18. I have read a number of books about the last imperial couple of Russia, but this one explored the relationship between them than any other Referencing their personal letters, it explored their devotion to one another as well as their individual personalities It explored Alix s temperament in relation to her invalidism and this was the first time I ve encountered an author who presented a possible diagnosis of her maladies porphyria, a genetic condition, exacerbated by her stressful life and inh [...]

    19. I have always been extremely loyal to Robert K Massie when it comes to all things Romanov I never even saw the point of reading anything about the last Romanov family than his classic Nicholas and Alexandra Over the last few years, however, I ve branched a little, reading Montefiore s The Romanovs 1613 1918 as well as Radzinsky s The Last Tsar Why not throw Rounding s book into the hat Overall, I was pleasantly surprised I would say her writing is easier to digest if not as deep She doesn t go i [...]

    20. The topic of the last Tsar and Tsarina has been one that has fascinated me for many, many years, after I read Robert Massie s biography of the couple way back in the 1980s I have read many books about them, their place in history, and the reasons for their tragic end Most of the books were non fiction with a few fiction thrown in Robert Alexander, catherine Gaskin etc While this particular title did not add much new information on the royal couple, it did put everything together in a really inte [...]

    21. I enjoyed this book for it s ability to open the world of the Tsar through the letters of those who were living it My only complaint was not moving chronologically The chapters were labeled with the years it covered which was helpful but within the chapters, paragraphs would jump 5 years from current events than back, causing me to backtrack and reread certain passages for clarity Although I knew the fate of all characters involved the book held my attention and gave insight and depth to the kno [...]

    22. I have always been fascinated with the story of the Romanovs and their part in Russian history This is a very personal protrayal of the relationship between Alix and Nicky and fairly well done It was interesting to read about their personalities and it even goes so far as to detail their personalities with the Myers Briggs theory It does into detail about Alix s pregnancies and that she gave birth to fairly large size babies Much is said about their differences as well she being portrayed as som [...]

    23. One of the great strengths of Rounding s work is her analysis of Nicholas s and Alexandra s diaries and letters for evidence of their cultural tastes Their favourite novels are discussed in detail, the contrast between their enjoyment of mainstream Tchaikovsky ballets and the avant garde tastes of the broader Russian court receives sustained attention Rounding s use of memoir literature and newspaper articles of the period illuminates the reasons why their living spaces were considered bourgeois [...]

    24. This book was a first read contest win.This book was very interesting This book allowing insight into something that few people know While this type of book is not what I usually read I was drawn into this book Reading about a Tsar and Tsarina I kept wondering how there life s are changed by the whim of the people Everyone has choices in life whether it is to go one way or the other This book portrays exactly that in the life of Alix and Nicky Did they do what was right In there eyes they probab [...]

    25. I have read a number of books on the last Tsar and Tsarina as I find it a fascinating subject This book was OK, and added to my knowledge about them Based extensively on letters written between them and related people in history.I think the most interesting insight I gained was that Alexandra s meddling and championing of the monk Rasputin certainly hastened their demise However in spite of this they probably would have suffered the same fate as Nicholas never seemed to get a grip on handling t [...]

    26. I read this book in preparation for our trip to St Petersburg in June In this book, the author really tries to figure out what both the Tsar and Tsarina are thinking at critical times in their family and public lives Quotes from letters from both Nicky and Alix are analyzed This book is rather detailed, but I am so glad that I read it The photographs of the Emperor and Empress and their children are so beautiful Because it is well known that they are all executed in July of 1918, one feels so mu [...]

    27. I read everything on the Romanovs This was an insightful work into the relationship of husband and wife, and some flushed out information on Rasputin and a family friend who sounds like a nightmare After reading this, I went to You Tube where there are many videos of the family, photographs in color, and a recording of a speech by the Tsar, so you can hear his voice I also took the time to watch a six part You Tube on Nicholas sister, The Grand Duchess Olga What strange turns her life took, and [...]

    28. It s nowhere near the rehash of old information that I thought it would be, and it doubly surprised me by opening with thematic chapters I prefer linear chronologies that didn t annoy me I actually thought they were the highlight of the book The level of detail in the analysis of communication between Alix and Nicky becomes downright crushing by the end of the booky to pull back and offer an interesting examination of how they transformed into religious Russian icons in the modern age A very sur [...]

    29. I ve always been fascinated by the Romanov family, and this portrayal is near perfect The author clearly loves her subjects, and so she can speak of them with fond criticality, and sometimes even mild snarkiness, as though she were a member of the family Beautifully written The last chapter was very evocative.

    30. I liked this author s book on Catherine the Great so I figured I d give this a try But I don t know, this is the kind of thing that s a little hard to read when you know what s coming, and I felt like I wasn t learning much that was new to me Some things about the way the Russian court, granted, but not enough to take away from the depressing story feeling.

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