Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book Review: The Kitchen Boy

The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander

Set during the Russian revolution, The Kitchen Boy is the story of the final days of the Romanovs’ captivity and tragic end told from the perspective of their kitchen boy.

Part of what I love about historical fiction is the opportunity to learn a piece of history that I either never learned or forgot soon after I learned it. All in a way that is more imaginatively stimulating and memorable.

So reading about the last days of the Romanov family was incredibly fascinating for me. Given that I could remember nothing about this piece of history that I may have been told in school. So much so that I forgave Alexander for not developing a better, clearer pictures of all members of the family instead of just the parents and their son Aleksei.

Alexander’s creativity in this book is remarkable. Even more obvious with the ending twist that you don’t see coming. (Ok, I didn’t see coming.)

The Kitchen Boy is a great, easy, short read that will trigger a need for more information on the Romanovs. (Or maybe that’s just me.)

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion to do this review.

Next month - Night by Elie Wiesel and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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