The above title is the love story of Nicholas and Alexandra the last Tsar of Russia and his wife Alix a grand daughter of Queen Victoria, it was a life long passion with a truly tragic end.
Their story now becomes clear with the release of their private letters and papers. Interestingly they wrote to each other and those of their family in English and they kept diary’s that they wrote in almost every day.
I found the first three quarters of this big big book a bit boring as its all about what they were doing for the day and greeting people and sending love to each other. The book confirms that Nicholas really didn’t want to become the Tsar he would have preferred to have a quiet life just gardening and playing with his family and touring around the country.
As the story unfolds over a period of forty years a panorama emerges of love, passion, and devotion, but also the ever present doom and eventual deaths.
Actually there was a documentary recently on SBS about the Tsar Nicholas based on this book, so it was easier to watch than actually read this long long book.
But by time I finished reading all about the tragic end of the Tsar and his family and realizing it was only 100 yrs ago, I had strange feelings and found it hard to understand how the ordinary Russian people coped with this appalling end to their Tsar and his family. I do wonder if any of the people these days understand and think about what happened all those years ago.
Fortunately I went out for a coffee and got over my strange feelings.