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Tatiana and Alexander Hardcover – 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 559 pages
  • Publisher: Park Press; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2286017573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582881911
  • ASIN: 158288191X
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paullina Simons is the author of the acclaimed novels Tully, Red Leaves, and Eleven Hours as well as the Bronze Horseman Trilogy. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, she graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, and has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas. She currently lives near New York City with her husband and most of her children.

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on March 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
To me, The Bronze Horseman was an acquired taste -- I wasn't crazy about it in the beginning, but it won me over in more ways than one by the time the book came to end. I was dying to read the sequel, but said sequel isn't available yet here in the US, so I had to order a copy on the UK site. Tatiana and Alexander is not only a brilliant sequel, it is by far better than the first installment. This novel captured me in so many ways it is unbelievable. So, this one picks up where TBH left off. The World War II Leningrad is in progress, and it has torn Tatiana and Alexander apart. Tatiana, bearing Alex's unborn child, flees to America where she finds work, makes friends and begins a life that more or less makes sense. But her terrible grief plagues her. She thinks Alexander is dead, and she finds this knowledge difficult to cope. Alexander isn't dead, but he might as well be. He is to be executed for treason and espionage. And the fact that he's an American passing off as a Russian citizen may not help his case. Will these two star-crossed lovers be together again, or will the war come between them indefinitely? There are various twists throughout the novel.

This novel captured me in such a way that it was almost impossible to put down from the moment I started reading it. The protagonists are so much more well rounded and better developed this time around. The further development is essential, for I felt that the author focused too much on the aspect of the Leningrad Siege than in the characters in TBH. Well, the main characters were well developed -- it was the secondary characters that felt underdeveloped to me -- but knowing more about them is great. The way the story is written leaves you with a feeling that you want to read more.
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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Cutie Pie on August 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I needed more Tatiana and Alexander, so the book was a real treat. However, I am not writing to review the book, rather to alert people that "TATIANA and ALEXANDER" is the same book as "THE BRIDGE TO HOLY CROSS" by Paullina Simons. It has a different title and cover picture, but the ONLY OTHER difference is the size of the print. I did receive a better price on "TATIANA and ALEXANDER" and the print was larger.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandra Nita-Lazar on October 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In this melodramatic, epic sequel to "The Bronze Horseman", Paullina Simons follows Tatiana and Alexander after their parting when Alexander is presumed dead, and pregnant Tatiana escapes to America via Finland and Sweden. Love and war are the two main motifs here and the story focuses more on Alexander, than on Tatiana (who was the central character in "The Bronze Horseman"), although the action goes back and forth between these two protagonists. Additionally, the time and space constraints do not apply (as opposed to "The Bronze Horseman" where the rules of chronology applied, here the narration is non-linear) - the action jumps freely between the past, when Alexander is a boy and a teenager, and present, when he struggles during the war as a prisoner and soldier, and between Alexander's journey from Russia to Germany, and Tatiana's life in the New York City with their baby son, Anthony.

The novel begins in Boston, in the 1930s, when Alexander's parents, the Barringtons, make the crucial decision to emigrate to the Soviet Union and renounce the American citizenship. This was already mentioned in "The Bronze Horseman", but here Alexander's family life and childhood in the Soviet Union are described in grisly detail. The disappointment with Communism and subsequent deterioration of the family shape Alexander into the tough, secretive man, living only for himself, desperate to survive, running away into the steppe and finally to Leningrad, where he becomes an officer in the Red Army - until he meets Tatiana and the love for her turns his life upside down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandra Nita-Lazar on June 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
In this melodramatic, epic sequel to "The Bronze Horseman", Paullina Simons follows Tatiana and Alexander after their parting when Alexander is presumed dead, and pregnant Tatiana escapes to America via Finland and Sweden. Love and war are the two main motifs here and the story focuses more on Alexander, than on Tatiana (who was the central character in "The Bronze Horseman"), although the action goes back and forth between these two protagonists. Additionally, the time and space constraints do not apply (as opposed to "The Bronze Horseman" where the rules of chronology applied, here the narration is non-linear) - the action jumps freely between the past, when Alexander is a boy and a teenager, and present, when he struggles during the war as a prisoner and soldier, and between Alexander's journey from Russia to Germany, and Tatiana's life in the New York City with their baby son, Anthony.

The novel begins in Boston, in the 1930s, when Alexander's parents, the Barringtons, make the crucial decision to emigrate to the Soviet Union and renounce the American citizenship. This was already mentioned in "The Bronze Horseman", but here Alexander's family life and childhood in the Soviet Union are described in grisly detail. The disappointment with Communism and subsequent deterioration of the family shape Alexander into the tough, secretive man, living only for himself, desperate to survive, running away into the steppe and finally to Leningrad, where he becomes an officer in the Red Army - until he meets Tatiana and the love for her turns his life upside down.
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