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« Reply #135 on: March 24, 2009, 05:10:12 AM »
I have waited a long time to finally receive this book , and have already read it. I want to deeply thank Raegan Baker and Marina Petrov for their efforts in releasing Olga 's diary.

The diary itself I found, at the same time , to be exciting and dull. Almost everyday passes the same ; Olga always mentions Alexandra's health state, there are a whole heap of tennis match scores and she writes affectionately of the few officers she was infatuated with during the year, as well as her mother and Aunt Olga. Like Sarushka also said before , I noticed and was surprised at how rarely Olga mentions her younger siblings.

I also was thinking about Olga 's character and personality. I don 't really think her 1913 diary gives us an in-depth look at her personality, but I didn`t mind that much at all. Despite that I thought the diary was somewhat boring , at the same time I found it quite suspenseful and engrossing , as it is exciting to finally have access to a volume of Olga Nikolaevna's diary and read her perspective of things. In my opinion, it may be the best -  or at least one of the best - books of gaining a helpful, thorough insight to the daily life of the Imperial Family.

I really am looking forward to and am extremely excited about the future books of Olga Nikolaevna in the future. 
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« Reply #136 on: October 27, 2009, 09:04:13 AM »
Is this a book worth having ?


Would you recommend it ?


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Re: 1913 Diary of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, transl. by Marina Petrov
« Reply #137 on: October 27, 2009, 10:45:30 AM »
Is this a book worth having ?


Would you recommend it ?



I am reading it now and I would say indeed, yes. At first it can seem a disappointingly simple record of who was at meals / tea , how tired Alexandra is ( always) ,thier walks and  where they went etc. While we see a diary  as a "tell all " document, I believe Olga was taught that  the purpose of a diary was a simple record.   But then,  bright darts of intense emotion do come though as well and after awhile one gains a window into the grand duchesses world view. It's not just about the records of events , but how she represents them over all and it's an effect that comes over one has they read. Olga works her charm. I haven't gotten to the romance with Standart officer which is later in the year, but am looking forward to it.

However sometimes it seems they never knew a life out of captivity ...expect for some adventures as war nurses. Otherwise their lives were always about walks with Papa,  lessons,  family tea,  Alexandra's illness, and being surrounded by guards.....

"Give my love to all who remember me."

  Olga Nikolaevna

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« Reply #138 on: October 29, 2009, 02:11:13 PM »
It is meantioned on the main Olga 1913 diary thread found at

http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=11769.0

that she doesn't speak of the young pair of OTMA as much as one might  think.
But Olga does  say , "we four"  did this or that quire a bit and  that covers M& A
for her to a large extent . They are a "we"  to be sure.

I am one of four girls. We have a name for ourselves too and there is nothing like  sisters .
But we were not as close as these four sisters and how could we be? We all had other friends
from the  toddler age  and then each had different classrooms full of other children as well.

We had some what separate lives from kindergarten on... but OTMA to a large extent , did not.
So look for the " we four  " for the little pair doings. 



 

 


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  Olga Nikolaevna

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« Reply #139 on: October 30, 2009, 08:00:39 AM »
Very true, I noticed that too. She may not mention them individually by name as much but certainly collectively.

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Re: 1913 Diary of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, transl. by Marina Petrov
« Reply #140 on: November 27, 2009, 01:22:52 PM »
Having  now finished reading Olga Nikolaievna 's 1913 diary, I feel she certainly  cared very much for AKSH and dear S . But imo part of what is driving these relationships is Olga  had to have at least  the possibility at of an  highly charged unscheduled event for her to feel at her best. Olga Nicholaievna loved a surprise , the unexpected. She loved the emotional charge found in such a happening. But Olga Nikolaievna  was a Grand Duchess,  a royal, and she could basically  know where she would be and  what she would be doing for years ahead.  It seems with maturity, Olga's  love of school room pranks gave way to officer flirtations as a means to find some variance . No wonder she was often using  those field glasses, looking for the current favortie. Just sighting them was a relief.

There is a time near the end of the diary where officer "dear S. " drops from her radar and for a time  no one really takes up the slack. AKSH shows a couple of times, the must see favortie from earlier in her diary,  but it's not the same. This when we read her life is  " the same people doing the same stuff". ( Quite an admission for her, even though it has occurred to many a reader well before!)  During this time Olga  even says she  feels " empty". But after awhile,  Olga reports she has at least gotten use to not seeing dear S. This is quite a victory for her , given  the contrast between her nature and position. Luckly dear S. returns and all is well ....for a time, but his marriage is something that takes place off the 1913 stage.

Like others, I want to greatly  thank Raegan Baker and Marina Petrov for Olga 's 1913 diary and look forward to more!

"Give my love to all who remember me."

  Olga Nikolaevna

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« Reply #141 on: December 02, 2009, 03:05:25 AM »
Is there also a hardcover avialible for this book? if so, where can i buy it?

and if there isn't a hardcover avialible where can i buy the paperback?

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Re: 1913 Diary of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, transl. by Marina Petrov
« Reply #142 on: December 02, 2009, 03:18:20 AM »
The book can be purchased from Gilbert's Royalty Books.

I believe the book is only available in softback.

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« Reply #143 on: December 02, 2009, 09:14:28 AM »
ok, Thank you.

isn't there any other way to get it? i always pay with my credit card but i can't use paypal..
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« Reply #144 on: December 02, 2009, 11:15:15 AM »
Van Hoogstraten in The Hague, can also be of help. www.hoogstraten.nl

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« Reply #145 on: December 02, 2009, 04:57:21 PM »
i brows that bookshop online quite allot because i'm dutch, but i never seen this book for sell on there.

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« Reply #146 on: December 02, 2009, 11:46:29 PM »
ok, Thank you.

isn't there any other way to get it? i always pay with my credit card but i can't use paypal..

Why don't you e-mail Paul Gilbert and tell him you would like to purchase the book? 

I am sure that he will accommodate your purchase requirement, which will be convenient for you.

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« Reply #147 on: December 03, 2009, 02:19:43 AM »
i brows that bookshop online quite allot because i'm dutch, but i never seen this book for sell on there.

No, but they can do an order for you. By the way, I'm Dutch too.

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« Reply #148 on: December 03, 2009, 04:05:52 AM »
ok, Thank you Teddy And Belochka :)

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Re: 1913 Diary of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, transl. by Marina Petrov
« Reply #149 on: December 04, 2009, 01:46:44 PM »
Like others, I want to greatly  thank Raegan Baker and Marina Petrov for Olga 's 1913 diary and look forward to more!

Thanks so much!!! I appreciate it. An announcement about the next book will hopefully be made in early 2010.