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read I Was Anastasia mobi ↠ Audio CD ´ ariel lawhon ↠ [PDF] ❤ I Was Anastasia ✮ Ariel Lawhon – In an enthralling new feat of historical suspense Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson's 50 year battle to be recognized as Anastasia RomaIn an enthralling new feat of historical suspense Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson's 50 year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov Is she the Russian Grand Duchess a beloved daughter and revered icon or is she an imposter the thief of another woman's legacy? Countless others have rendered their verdict Now it is your turnRussia July 17 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov along with the entire imperial family into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing suad None survi Once you eliminate the impossible whatever remains no matter how improbable must be the truth Sir Arthur Conan DoyleMost people know the story of the executionassassination of Tsar Nicholas II and the rest of the Romanov family in Elakterinburg Russia at the hands of the Bolsheviks following the Russian revolution Most have also heard of the woman Anna Anderson who claimed for years to be Anastasia Romanov and that she survived the brutal attack that claimed the lives of her family and servants This is a clever telling of that story The uestion about what whether Anastasia Romanov survived the firing suad in the basement has fascinated people for decades Lack of DNA testing and location of a graveburial site helped many who stepped forward to claim that she was the sole survivor Of course through the passing of time DNA testing has been conducted and grave site excavations have given a clear answerBut as the saying goesit's not the destination it's the journey Lawhon takes the reader on a uniue journey using two story lines While reading this book readers will either enjoy or become annoyed by the storytelling While Anastasia Romanov's story is told chronologically the story of Anna Anderson is told in reverse In Author's note Ariel Lawhon states that the movie Memento is a favorite of hers This style of writing also reminded me of the book All the missing girls which was also told in reverseI found that I rather liked how she told her story The storytelling was uniue granted it did take me a couple of chapters to wrap my head around it Thankfully the chapters are labeled with the time you are reading That is a big help There is a lot of historical detail in this book It is evident that the Author did a great deal of research prior to the writing of this book History buffs may detect that Lawhon blended several characters into one ie had one character be a blending of 2 real life guards of the Romanov's in order to help the reader keep track of events and not be weighed down by too many characters It is hard to say too much without giving away spoilers but this work of historical fiction was very good I really appreciated how she blended historical facts with fiction If you do not know the entire history about the Romanov's family's fall from grace and the events leading up to their execution it is laid out for you here I highly recommend reading the Author's note at the end I think this is essential She details her research why she blended characters her inspiration for the reverse story telling and what lead her to write this book I was actually deciding between a 35 and a 4 star rating and then I read the Author's note and that pushed the book to a 4 star rating for meI love when books cause me to think feel and also to learn I did learn some facts while reading this book and I found I often wanted to put the book down and think about what I had just read Mainly because things in this book really happened Sitting and thinking about the horrible treatment of this family especially the girls and what they endured living in constant fear and dread I can't even imagine Again interesting story telling and a compelling read Thank you to Doubleday books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced readers copy of this bookSee of my reviews at wwwopenbookpostcom

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A different name Anna Anderson As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre old enemies and new threats are awakened With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet the nature of identity itself The uestion of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twiste 35 I am fairly familiar with the last days of the Romanovs having read a few non fiction books about the subject The woman who appears and tries to prove that she is a Romanovs daughter Anastasia I was less familiar In alternating chapters we follow both stories The one of the Romanovs imprisonmrnt and eventually murder is written in a linear timeline the story of Anna is told backwards in time even within the same Chapter we go backwardsI did like learning about the girls personalities though of course the focus is on Anastasia They went through some terrible things even so because they had such a protected upbringing uite heartbreaking that the children were blamed for their parents mistakes The part with Anna was also told well but I found because of the way it was written sometimes confusingA great deal of research went into this novel and the author explains in her authors note what that entailed and what she changed to make the story flow better She also explains why she wrote it the way she did I enjoyed this for the most part but though I read why she wrote it this way I still found myself liking those sections less

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I Was AnastasiaVe At least that is what the executioners have always claimedGermany February 17 1920 A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless horrific scars When she finally does speak this frightened mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess AnastasiaHer detractors convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune insist on calling her by Those unfamiliar with the Anastasia RomanovAnna Anderson story will find much to like in this fictional novel It’s an effective introduction to the bizarre controversy surrounding two historical people My experience was a bit different As others have mentioned Anastasia’s story is told chronologically while Anna’s story is told in reverse order Given that this is well worn material I understand that the author chose this structure for dramatic effect However I found it to be a contrivance that was annoying than dramatic Characters carry on conversations and you don’t find out until one or chapters afterwards who some of these characters are which blurs the meaning of the initial conversations And then there are the characterizations which left me cold and I mean the kind of frigidity that one would find in say Siberia Granted I was Anastasia is about the AnastasiaAnna dispute but I have read other historical fiction that has handled the uestions surrounding the violent tragedy of July 1917 deftly If upon reading this book you find that you are interested in the Romanov Dynasty I would recommend anything written by Robert K Massie His narrative biographies are accessible and thorough providing the socio political background necessary to understand why events happened as they did Not a bad read but it didn't make me want to do cartwheels either