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25 Chapters of My Life: The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Paperback – Mar 4 2010


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Librario Publishing Ltd (March 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906775168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906775162
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.2 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good book written from her journals with the help of her family in Canada. Her life as a Royal is not much different from the life of every royal and it does give a glimpse into the past and how they lived prior to the revolution 1917. What does come across is how unaware, she and other members of the family in Russia, were of the poverty and the oppression that surrounded them in the life of ordinary people. Good works and a charitable disposition does not make up for the unhappiness of the people who wanted democracy and a constitutional monarchy like the British model. She had the good fortune of escaping the murderous intent and cruelty of the Bolchevichs. Courage and determination then follows her throughout her life in Canada. An interesting read.
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My pristine copy of the book arrived a little earlier than scheduled which was wonderful. Having studied Russian culture at university and having been to St. Petersburg last summer, this was like a follow up to what I saw, learned and experiences. I would highly recommend this book to others. It is an interesting look into a tragic family.
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By Heather Pryde on July 13 2013
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It was OK but disappointing in what was left out. She was very informative about her early life and very vague about what happened during the revolution. Rasputin was barely mentioned.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Grand Duchess Olga's life in her own words March 5 2010
By K. Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Interesting book from a personal perspective Aug. 18 2010
By Bow or Stroke oar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic work on Olga Alexandrovna Feb. 4 2011
By romano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
excellent Jan. 22 2012
By S - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
interesting insight into the private life of the Romanovs. Jan. 7 2012
By Neil Paczkowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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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