The House of Special Purpose

The House of Special Purpose

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Russia, 1915: Sixteen year old farmer's son Georgy Jachmenev steps in front of an assassin's bullet intended for a senior member of the Russian Imperial Family and is instantly proclaimed a hero. Rewarded with the position of bodyguard to Alexei Romanov, the only son of Tsar Nicholas II, the course of his life is changed for ever.

Privy to the secrets of Nicholas and Alexandra, the machinations of Rasputin and the events which will lead to the final collapse of the autocracy, Georgy is both a witness and participant in a drama that will echo down the century.

Sixty-five years later, visiting his wife Zoya as she lies in a London hospital, memories of the life they have lived together flood his mind. And with them, the consequences of the brutal fate of the Romanovs which has hung like a shroud over every aspect of their marriage...

Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2009.
ISBN: 9781409081982
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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muffin0321
May 01, 2014

A very good book. Only drawback is that it skipped around a lot. Chapters would go from 1917 to 1982 and then back to 1917 and then to 1935, etc. But surprisingly I had no difficulty in keeping the thread of the story going. Well worth the read.

MsNavillus Apr 03, 2014

This is a beautifully written novel with complex characters. It's been a long time since I was sad to finish a book, and with The House of Special Purpose I felt like I was saying goodbye to dear friends.

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IV27HUjg
Oct 24, 2013

Pure historical fantasy, which I ended up skimming for that reason. It's a 'what if story line'. The subject in itself is fascinating & one I seldom get tired of reading/hearing. The tease throughout the book as to what the great mystery is of the couple fell flat for me. I don't doubt émigrés were treated as described. Again, my choice for Russian lit is Tolstoy, Pasternak or Russian writers - however, Rutherfurd does such a great job I could read it again.

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MaisieMilo
Jun 20, 2013

I am a total Russophile and love the Imperial Family like my own. While I was aware of all the historical inaccuracies in THoSP, I really didn't care. It worked as a novel, gracefully woven and lovingly recounted. In fact, I think the fact that I have read so much history on the subject enhanced my experience with this lovely book. Highly recommended. (And, yes,. I'm aware that I used three variations on the word "love" in this review . . . take that as a sign!)

debwalker Feb 27, 2013

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"As enthralling and intricate as a Faberge egg, The House of Special Purpose is a rare treasure readers will savor." --Jaclyn Fulwood

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Higgins50
Aug 25, 2012

I love to read. I read as many books as I have time to, sometimes a book a day. I've enjoyed many of the books I've read in the past, but this is the first time I've felt compelled to comment on a book. It is beautifully written and you just want to keep reading. It is a heart-breaking love story, yet full of hope. John Boyne is masterful at pulling you into the story, making you feel like you're in the story, rather thank reading words on paper. Loved it!

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Lamplighter
Jun 15, 2010

This was a book that just kept on pulling me in. Beautiful story, beautifully written.

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