- Paperback: 438 pages
- Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation (June 14, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402197489
- ISBN-13: 978-1402197482
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Behind the Veil at the Russian Court Paperback – June 14, 2002
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It was kind of surreal to me because this book, published in 1913, is presented in the current tense of Imperial Russia right before war and the mother of all Revolutions. And because we know what comes next it is almost moving. I find the author (or authoress, almost certainly Catherine Radziwill), to be amazingly in tune with the fact that Russia is on the verge of a revolution that will overthrow the entire social order (unlike the 1905 revolution which failed). Her dislike of the last Tsar Nicholas is palatable. There are some portions where she appears to be guessing to the point of absurdity (claiming the young Alexei beat his sisters), or where subsequent events make the most fleeting phrases sadder than originally intended (claiming that the Grand Duchess Elizabeth's selfless charity work among the poor would serve as her protection in the event of another Revolution...this same Elizbeth who would be thrown down a mineshaft when the revolution came 5 years later). But what is gripping to me is that this book is a frozen time capsule, the voice of someone speaking to us, giving opinions, and describing her world, from a distant generation.