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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #60 on: March 03, 2008, 10:22:51 PM »
Thanks to whomever merged my thread with the old one.  I couldn't find it.

What I don't like about this book is that there are so many good bios out there that no one needs to write historical fiction and then add a little true history, while filling in the blanks with what he thinks was in the minds of those he is writing about.

My head was spinning when I finished it.  Thankfully, I only spent about $1 USD on it.

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #61 on: March 04, 2008, 12:06:57 PM »
I'm not sure if it's even worth $1.

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #62 on: March 04, 2008, 09:52:12 PM »
Thanks to whomever merged my thread with the old one.  I couldn't find it.


That would be me.  :)

This was truly a wretched book. I remember being in college and really excited when I heard of it. I requested it through Interlibrary Loan (thank God I didn't pay a dime for it) and was soooo disappointed. I've tried to block much of it out, but I seem to recall some really tawdry scenes the writer concocted (there's really no other word for it) between Ella & Serge in their bedroom.
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #63 on: March 05, 2008, 01:11:00 PM »
It's been years since I started this thread...and even today I have to say how tawdry and utterly distasteful this book was.... in an intelligent word... YUCK!
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #64 on: March 08, 2008, 11:51:30 PM »
I just finally finished it.  Much of what Lambton says was covered in The File on the Tsar by Summers and Mangold.

This diary of Ella's that he purports to have quoted can not possibly exist or someone would have heard of it (besides Lambton).

What a long reach and stretch of the imagination!  Imagine a "fat" Alix leading a "bony" Ella around on a rope and both of them being senile.

Good grief!

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #65 on: March 09, 2008, 12:19:46 PM »
It was frightful.  You feel you've just been put on an alien planet.

It is amazing where jealousy and anger towards a family can lead.  It was a novel, or they should have sued. But perhaps, it was completely beneath them to acknowledge this awful tripe (the Mountbattens, I mean).
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #66 on: March 09, 2008, 10:18:33 PM »
Actually, on the back inside jacket flap, it is noted   "In a subtle blend of fact and fiction, Antony Lambton gives us an intimate portrait of a woman caught between an evil man's desires and a country moving inexorably toward revolution."

So, that might not be on the paperback version, but it is noted on the hard cover dust jacket.

Lambton goes to great lengths in the 8 appendices to try to give sources for his interpretation of the facts.  He quotes from Sandro and the Sokolov Report and others.

But fiction is fiction and fact is fact.


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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #67 on: June 20, 2008, 03:11:29 PM »
I brought this book this afternoon and it wasn't till I was flicking through it that I realised it's a blend of fact and fiction. What's annoying is when you are reading it you wonder if certain parts or fact OR fiction! Very annoying! Not worth the 2 I spent on it!!
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #68 on: June 20, 2008, 05:07:16 PM »
I brought this book this afternoon and it wasn't till I was flicking through it that I realised it's a blend of fact and fiction. What's annoying is when you are reading it you wonder if certain parts or fact OR fiction! Very annoying! Not worth the 2 I spent on it!!

Don't despair Eddieboy-- Actually, the appendices at the back -do- make it worth it, but the book itself is rubbish. I found page 406 and what follows particularly interesting...

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #69 on: June 20, 2008, 07:27:21 PM »
I don't know why some authors like to write stuff like this ... it's just plain disrespectful and WEIRD!! I mean, Romanov fiction is fun to read, but not like this!

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #70 on: June 21, 2008, 03:57:18 AM »
Thank you Steven, I will take a closer look!!
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #71 on: August 03, 2011, 01:31:32 AM »
I got this book  with out knowing about it ...was enjoying it as a novel and then got at the end...WHOA!! it's so awful, I mean the man ruined his book and I can't say why...in my amazon review I called the end ,"  gratuitous tasteless bizarreness " ! lol! To me the end read like Sci Fi!...just horrifying...it's we, the reader , who wound up  being lead by a rope.

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #72 on: August 05, 2011, 01:23:57 PM »
The only good thing about this book is the original book mark, providing it still has it! It lists all the family members plus their year of birth & passing!
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #73 on: August 05, 2011, 02:11:00 PM »
Sounds almost as bad as The Tsarina's Daughter by Carolly Ericcson ... if you want to read a good fictionalized account of Ella's life, try Most Beautiful Princess by Christina Croft. I just started it and I'm really enjoying it.

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #74 on: August 05, 2011, 08:41:34 PM »
good to know! Thanks

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