The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 27, 2003 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas, 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.
  

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Short, interesting, great ending. - Goodreads
Quick read but disappointing ending. - Goodreads
Loved it - historically interesting and easy to read. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

Honestly, more of a 3.5 stars rating. It started off a little slow for me but then I flew through the last 1/3 of the book. Great twist at the end and I have to give props to any book that causes me to research more about this period in history. Read full review

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User Review  - Data WithSoul - Goodreads

So many twists and turns make it exciting until the end you get the most beautiful family story possible. As for me, this book is about forgiving. and there are so many things to forgive in 20th century history. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Robert Alexander is Professor of History at the University of Victoria, Canada. He has previously published with Cambridge University Press on Bonapartism and Revolutionary Tradition in France (1991).

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