- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Librario Publishing Ltd (February 11, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906775168
- ISBN-13: 978-1906775162
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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25 Chapters of My Life: The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Paperback – February 11, 2010
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This book is not simply the same stories you read in the memoirs produced later in life, but many new ones you won't see in other books about Olga. The memoirs are also interspaced with letters from Olga stored in the Russian archives and the translated memoirs of Countess Zinaide Mengden . Pictures are interspaced throughout the book, some of them quite rare images of Olga and at the end is a very handy family tree showing all of Olga's descendants. As the title says, this is 25 chapters, none of the terribly long, but nevertheless this is a good read and a book anyone interested in Olga should buy that will undoubtedly be highly sought after by royalty buffs in years to come - currently this book can be found at amazon uk.
Olga maintains the composure she was bred with, and I think the simple, loving soul she was. Not that you don't get a little inside peek into the inter-relationships and people, but it is her Memoir not a historical Romanov biography. She speaks of her first marriage, meeting her second husband. She speaks of nursing in WWI, and the fulfillment that brought her. The Revolution and how she and her husband were released from captivity by the Bolsheviks--because she was married to a commoner. Their migration and escape from Russia, the simple life they live, the things she learned living in simple villages, the people they met who protected them even as they knew who they were.
Even though in the beginning of the book you see a pampered and privileged Grand Duchess who took her position for granted, by the end you see a woman pruned by the dangers and life she came to lead.
I absolutely recommend this book as an addition to anyone's Library of this fascinating time and those who lived it.
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Most interesting remembrances of Grand Duchess Olga A world that was and that will not return again And of course she was an exceptional witness being a daughter to Alexander III... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emilio F. Romero
This was a very interesting bool to listen to and I enjoyed the history of the period very much. This is a good period of Russian history and will spark
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Olga Nicholaevna's personal reflections of her life. As the daughter of one tsar and the sister of another, she lived in the final decades of imperialist Russia. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kelley Ridings
Considering this is a memoir by a sister of Nicholas II, there are surprisingly few insights or reflections on the degrading plight and tragic deaths of Nicholas, Alexandra, and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very interesting account of life of the nobility before and during the Russian revolution and their subsequent flight to Denmark.Published 15 months ago by Edna M Rankine
An interesting and engaging look at the Romanov Royal Family's everyday life.Published 16 months ago by Tayna Baysinger
I was disappointed in this book - i expected more from the writer in terms od commentary, say concerning rasputin or on nicolasa ii - it was a boring read.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
A different view from what you usually read about the Romonovs - very interesting in learning of how they lived in England in exile.Published on March 19, 2014 by Linda