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Book Title: Enchantments|
Date of issue: March 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9780007456062
The author of the book: Kathryn Harrison
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 928 KB
Edition: Fourth Estate
Read full description of the books Enchantments:Lots of pretty words, not much substance.
Clearly, this book is much too literary for my tastes, and I should know by now to look for that at the top of book promo and run the other way. This "what if" book begins with the death of Rasputin, and his two daughters are taken into the royal household with the hopes that eldest daughter Masha has her father's gift of healing. Masha spends lots and lots of time with the young tsarevich, and to pass the time she tells him lots and lots of stories. Stories about his parent's courtship. Stories about her father and mother. Stories about Russia. On and on and on until I got tired of skimming and yielded at page 186 and the book flew.
I guess if you like lots of pretty words and make-believe stories (how do we know what is real and what is a product of Masha's imagination?), this book might suit but I would suggest serious historical readers to give this a wide berth. By the time I quit, there was also some discussion between the two teens that was becoming a bit sexual in nature, discussions I did not care for considering the tsarevich's young age (fourteen), and I most definitely didn't care to travel down that road. The writing itself is lovely, but there just wasn't enough story to keep me interested in reading. Life is too short.
Read information about the authorKathryn Harrison is the author of the novels Envy, The Seal Wife, The Binding Chair, Poison, Exposure, and Thicker Than Water.
She has also written memoirs, The Kiss and The Mother Knot, a travel memoir, The Road To Santiago, a biography, Saint Therese Of Lisieux, and a collection of personal essays, Seeking Rapture.
Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in The New yorker, Harper's Magazine, Vogue, O Magazine, Salon, and other publications.
She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their children.
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