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Re: A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra
« Reply #45 on: January 25, 2009, 10:31:33 AM »
According to Nicholas & Alexandra: The Last Imperial Family of Tsarist Russia, the children's diaries (Olga's 1911, Maria's 1916, and Aleksei's 1916) were covered in moire silk and had metal locks. The lock on Maria's 1916 diary is broken.

On 4 January 1916, Alexandra wrote to Nicholas:
"Baby seriously writes his diary, only is so funny about it. As little time in the evening, he writes in the afternoon about dinner & bed."
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Re: A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra
« Reply #46 on: January 25, 2009, 11:58:16 AM »
Dear Sarah,

As someone who knows a great deal about OTMAA yourself, how important are the diaries as source material for insights into their psyches, do you think? I sometimes get the impression from young people that I know who are interested in their lives that they (the young people) are projecting onto them their own adolescent wishes/fears/interests/behaviors, whatever. Are the surviving letters better indications of their personalities than the diaries? I'm not saying that the diaries don't help, mind you. But if they were written as semi-public documents (and Alexandra's note to Nicholas seems to clinch the idea that she was reading them, no?), then I should think that they would be limited in terms of self-revelation.

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Re: A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra
« Reply #47 on: January 25, 2009, 12:08:39 PM »
This book sounds like a great one. Thank you, Sarushka for descriptions.

Only correction -- Aleksei began to wtote diary when he was 11, or I am wrong? Speaking about months(July/August 1904 -July/August 1916), to be more precisely. I think also A. wrote entries before bed. It's logic.

IMO, when man write letter to someone, it includes more emotions to that person, but when person is in love, or something happens with him/her, of course it is more detalied in diaries.

A.N.R 1916 diary:

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Re: A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra
« Reply #48 on: January 25, 2009, 01:23:03 PM »
Only correction -- Aleksei began to wtote diary when he was 11, or I am wrong?

That's correct. Aleksei began his first diary in January 1916 at the age of 11, and turned 12 later that year.
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Re: A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra
« Reply #49 on: January 25, 2009, 02:31:31 PM »
I'm going to transplant the last segment of this discussion to a more relevant theread:

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Re: A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra
« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2009, 12:12:04 AM »
I just wanted to say that A Lifelong Passion is on Amazon for $10! :o

Is it more than that usually?

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Re: A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra
« Reply #51 on: January 29, 2009, 01:04:27 AM »
I just wanted to say that A Lifelong Passion is on Amazon for $10! :o

Is it more than that usually?

That's understandable to me. Amazon does often sell their products for much cheaper prices than what you might usually find.

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Re: A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra
« Reply #52 on: January 29, 2009, 08:28:32 AM »
I just wanted to say that A Lifelong Passion is on Amazon for $10! :o

Is it more than that usually?

I believe it's out of print now, so the price will vary depending on which secondhand dealer you purchase from.
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