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The Kitchen Boy
The Kitchen Boy
Author: Robert Alexander
It was a crime to horrify, fascinate, and mystify the ages. On the night of July 16, 1918, Bolshevik revolutionaries murdered the entire Russian royal family in a hail of gunfire. No one survived who might bear witness to what really happened on that mysterious and bloody night. Or so it was thought. — In masterful historical detail and breathtak...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780670031788
ISBN-10: 067003178X
Publication Date: 1/27/2003
Pages: 240
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 50 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Tonksy avatar reviewed The Kitchen Boy on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is an educational read but it's about as interesting as a book written about the tsar in exile can be. The main chunk of it is I am sure exile is. The ending is appalling and has quite the turn that yanks the rug from under your feet. If you read it be sure to read the epilogue or you'll miss something very important.
A nice look at Russian culture, to be sure.
FeliciaJ avatar reviewed The Kitchen Boy on + 136 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The Kitchen Boy tells the story of the last living witness to the events of July 16, 1918, at the "House of Special Purpose," when the Bolsheviks murdered the last Russian tsar and his family. Now an old man, Misha reveals his secrets in a tape recording meant for his granddaughter, describing the relationships he forged with the royal family and what he saw during the terrible night they were massacred.

I enjoyed reading this book, but I'm still struggling with the ending. Alexander's big twist caught me completely by surprise, but I thought he pushed its believabily a bit too far. I'm not sure he played fair with the reader. However, I liked this book enough to read his other novels.
taaza avatar reviewed The Kitchen Boy on + 56 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Creatively told story of the last several weeks of the Romanovs as a "what if" story as seen through the eyes of their kitchen servant, Leonka. Equally touching and horrific throughout, I would definitely read more books by Mr. Alexander.
Philly avatar reviewed The Kitchen Boy on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I knew nothing about the Romanov's before picking up this book. I couldn't put it down. I later learned that how historically correct this novel is. I so wanted to change history for this family.
marimij avatar reviewed The Kitchen Boy on + 30 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book! Now I want to read more about the family. The book brings the characters and settings to life. You start to believe that you are reading a true account of what happened!
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buzzby avatar reviewed The Kitchen Boy on + 6062 more book reviews
Really?!? Millions of Russians died of starvation and war due to the negligence and stupidity of their ruler, yet we're supposed to be "horrified" that the "entire" royal family was wiped out? Granted, all those peasants weren't as cute as the Tsarivich, but I think obsessing on this is misplacing your energy.
OurMissBooks avatar reviewed The Kitchen Boy on
The kitchen boy in question works in the house of the Romanov family during the days before their murder. The writing is fine and the story well-told. I like historical fiction if it's really great, but this one wasn't very interesting to me. It seemed a little over romanticized or maybe I'm just tired of hearing speculation about what happened to the daughter who supposedly escaped. It wasn't bad.
clanky40 avatar reviewed The Kitchen Boy on + 15 more book reviews
interesting premise and nice twists a little redundant.