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25 Chapters of My Life: The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Paperback – February 11, 2010

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Product Details

  • 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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For anyone interested in the Romanovs, or anybody who enjoyed The Last Grand Duchess: Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, 1 June 1882-24 November 1960 or Olga Romanov: Russia's Last Grand Duchess this is really a must have book. These are the reminiscences of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna published in conjunction with her silver wedding anniversary in Denmark in 1942 . These stories were originally published in Denmark as magazine articles, which have in recent years been reprinted in books there. However, this is not a straight translation of that work but instead is a translation from Olga's original notes, which were written in a combination of Danish and English.

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.
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The content of this book was compiled from notes taken by Olga Alexandrovna Kulikovsky and also past interview material. It gives a personal perspective (Olga's) on her life and is charming. It doesn't go into detail on personal family matters that may not be considered the public's "business". That type of material has been covered previously in other printed media. If you wish to know more about a plain Russian woman who just happened to be the daughter of Tsar Alexander III of Russia, please don't overlook this book.
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This is a really wonderful record from the lady herself that is a great companion to her authorised memoirs recorded by Ian Vorres shortly before her death. I would recommend it 100 per cent.
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By Katie on August 24, 2013
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If you're looking for a really good tell-all on the Imperial Family, this isn't it. But what you will get, is a peek into the lives of the players in it. At no point does Olga 'diss', at most she is concerned and mildly critical, and in retrospect. For instance she notes how her beloved father never prepared Nicholas for the role of ruling, and maybe things would have turned out differently had he done so. I believe it is in her book she notes, in reference to the loss of their lives, how heavy the price was. She notes the role and relationship Rasputin in the Imperial family and you catch a hint of disapproval. Only at those moments, looking back over her life, do you get a hint of perhaps some bitterness and anger. Those moments are more telling to me and more relevant when contrasted against the her tone the rest of the time. Those still waters.
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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By S on January 22, 2012
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I read this a few months ago so I don't remember exact details from the book but let me tell you what I do remember. I remember absolutely loving the book. The details were excellent. I really felt as if I came away from the book as a close friend of Olga Alexandrovna. I felt a lot of adoration for her and I wish I could have met her. This book is for anyone with an interest in Russian history. If you are trying to decide on whether to order or download the book I would highly recommend. You won't be sorry.
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The book is a assembly of letters, notes, and interviews by the Grand Duchess Olga. Many of the letters offer insight into the families interpersonal relationships and daily life. Interesting and personal photos are included (photos are also on the Kindle addition and are excellent quality). The 2 most interesting topics covered in the book are Olga's work as a nurse in WWI and her journey out of Russia after the Revolution. The book does not touch upon the assasination of the Imperial Family or her life after about 1919-1920, when she settled in Denmark.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this autobiography. It opened up the world of the Imperial family and showed that, while the revolutionaries thought that this family was useless and self-serving, exactly the opposite was the case. It is true that they lived in beautiful palaces but the children were raised with common diets and no frills. Their teachers were excellent and they had close relationships with them and all the people who surrounded them on a daily basis. Personal fortunes and state monies if available were spent on things like hospitals and medical research for the benefit of the people. Christmas gifts were enjoyed for a few days and then given to the servants. The overwhelming impression I received from this book is how much everyone in the family loved each other. It was a shame that Olga and her family had to leave Russia for a foreign exile because of the threat of assassination because she truly loved her country. However, no matter where she settled she made a happy home for her family. I find myself admiring her very much. Highly recommended.
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