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Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« on: March 21, 2004, 05:23:45 PM »
Has anyone read this book?  

It's a novel about the two Hessian sisters and their Russian marriages, and it's extremely anti-Hessian.  Lambton definitely had an axe to grind -- can't quite figure out if it was because he was related to a Naval figure in England who hated Prince Louis Battenberg, or because his Aunt was supposedly blinded for all the reading she did as lady-in-waiting to Princess Beatrice, but whatever it is, this book is absolutely grotesque.

What do you think??
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2004, 08:36:30 PM »
Hello Ilana,
I have this book, but must confess that ive not read it...until the end. I dislike the historic novel and bought the book thinking it was something akin a biography...I stopped reading when Grand Duchess Ella was cooking in the forest for Sergey...(no comments).
Im not saying that mr lambton did not do a good job recreating the epoch but i thought i was wasting my time, and i have plenty of books to read...
So i completely agree with you.

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2004, 09:11:08 PM »
Some time ago I browsed this novel. I felt that the author had an extensive knowledge of his subject, but that it was overlong.  Much of what he said I later found in nonfiction books--biographies and the like--so I think he was well-read re: the people involved. However, pacing is an important aspect of any book--especially a novel--and it just didn't hook me in!

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2004, 05:56:24 PM »
  I really detested this book-the ending was just awful in my opinion-tho' I suppose it fits in with the modern trend for "alternate' endings and "standing history on its head."  I quickly gave it away to the library-I think I like my non-fiction books best. I think some care was taken by the author-but some of the conclusions he came to and the details he provided to support them were very uncongenial to me.  

That said-all tastes are subjective and some people may have found it "intriguing."  I won't reveal any spoilers for their sake.

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2004, 07:26:43 AM »
I picked this book up at the library and promptly returned it after reading a few chapters. I found this book as negative towards the Romanov's, and Hessian's as his book on the Battenbergs.

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2004, 11:42:55 AM »
Again, I do not think the author was going for a Pulitzer. It is an imaginitive novel.  In my opinion, not a very good one, but still a bit of fun.
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2004, 09:29:26 PM »
His book on the Battenbergs was just awful, esp. the things he said about Victoria and Louis Battenberg.  From everything I have read, they had an extremely compatible marriage.  His assessment was different.  

I have asked people who might know what Lambton's problem with the Hessians and the Battenbergs, especially, but no one seems to know.
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2004, 08:56:39 AM »
I have not read this book and can't find it at my library, but from what people have said I guess I'm not missing anything!

So why exactly is it so bad? How is it anti-Hessian? What is this about Ella cooking for Serge in the forest? You've all got me curious!!!!!

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2004, 01:47:32 AM »
I bought this book, hated it and sold it on ebay...
It was so ...no "good" words come to mind, not a recommeded item to read

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2004, 01:56:26 AM »
I purchased this book soon after its release in 1985. The only useful feature about this book was the mauve bookmark which came with the book. ::)
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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2004, 06:05:37 AM »
The only thing that recommends the paperback edition,
is the cover photograph, which includes Orchie.

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2004, 10:28:33 AM »
I would stay away from this book like the plague (saw it at a used bookstore the other day and almost bought it -- even though I already have it -- so someone else wouldn't have to suffer through it).

Despised the ending and had nightmares about it.   :-/  The whole thing was awful.  

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2004, 11:02:37 AM »
Okay, you've hooked my curiosity (unlike the overlong book itself, which I eventually returned to the library without finishing) and I have to ask . . . what is so awful about the ending?  ???

Since it is a novel about two sisters who die brutal deaths, obviously the ending is not going to be all roses and moonlight. What I'm getting at, then, is in what manner/tone did the author resolve his book causing so many readers to be upset/offended/etc.?

As for Ella cooking for Serge out in the forrest . . . well, if I recall both the novel and factual sources, one of the things they did together was to have picnics, during which Ella would fix their meal on site. Perhaps there's something more to it that I've forgotten?

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2004, 11:35:16 AM »
 It's a worthless book . I lost my money.  F.

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Re: Elizabeth and Alexandra by Anthony Lambton
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2004, 12:14:40 PM »
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It's a worthless book . I lost my money. F.


Lambton is very anti-Mountbatten - and this book reflects that anger.  


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