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I Was Anastasia par Ariel Lawhon
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I Was Anastasia (édition 2018)

par Ariel Lawhon (Auteur), Ariel Lawhon and Jane Collingwood Sian Thomas (Reader)

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"Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet: the nature of identity itself. The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted"--… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:I Was Anastasia
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I enjoyed this novel and it has inspired me to look for a nonfiction account of those who claimed to be Anastasia. The story is told backwards, and I sometimes had trouble remembering just who certain people were, but that wasn't a major problem, The story is very well told. ( )
  LynnB | Aug 5, 2020 |
Jane Collingwood and Sian Thomas narrated the audiobook, with Collingwood voicing Anna’s chapters and Thomas taking on Anastasia’s storyline. They do a marvelous job. I particularly liked the youth and innocence of Thomas’s voice as the teenaged Anastasia. ( )
  riofriotex | Mar 31, 2020 |
I really liked this book. I love learning about history and find the story of Anastasia Romanov particularly interesting. This novel did a fabulous job of bringing the characters and events of the past to life. There have been many rumors about Anastasia because of the mystery around her death. The result of this has been many novels being written about her throughout the years. Despite the fact that this story has been told time again at no point during the novel did I feel bored. Lawhorn Kept me engaged in the plot throughout the entire novel. She even managed to surprise me with the ending! ( )
  eg16 | Oct 31, 2019 |
The Romanov's... one of most mysterious tales in all of Russian History. Is she or Isn't she the Tzars daughter Anastasia Romanov? Like a photo album that has missing pages throughout its covers, I was Anastasia was told in gaps and back views, this non-linear story feels like said missing-paged photo album.

Ariel Lawhon does a marvelous job convincing you that Anna Anderson is absolutely Anastasia Romanov from heart-breaking journeys into exile, traumatic train rides, death-defying slaughters, and yet, you still have to wonder if anyone can survive what Anna Anderson claims she has.

The story is poetic, filled with all that you can imagine of tragedy but also, loving memories of family, friendship, and compassion from those who selfishly provide for Anna if only to gain notoriety and material wealth.

It did take me a while and sometimes still after the first 100 pages I tended to have to go back to keep the pages in order of timelines. However, when you reach the end of the story, you understand what the author is achieving.

This story is a must if you have ever wondered about Anna/Anastasia's identity.

I gave this book 4 stars.

I received this book courtesy of Double Day Books via NetGalley in lieu of my honest review. ( )
  SandraBrower | Oct 27, 2019 |
I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhorn is a great novel about the youngest and "lost" Romanov Tsaress. Being a historian, of course, there were many side tracks I had to go down to become more informed: Alexander Kerensky, Boitkin, Rasputin, The Ural Soviet, and the latest DNA testing (2007). I also tried to find out more on Anna Anderson, but I was unable. I still have many unanswered questions: 1) How did Anna know so much about the royal court? 2) Why did her physician's son (who she played with as a child) and tutor both claim Anna was Anastasia? (She told her physician's son, upon his first visit to bring his "fun" animals with him. These were funny clay formed animals that they both enjoyed together. She named specific animals.......the Dr.'s son claims nobody could have known that but Anastasia 3) Why did others claim that she was not Anastasia? 4) The deniers claim Anna was Polish. However, she spoke both Polish and German with a Russian accent. 5) Recent DNA tests on bodies found near the original grave site were tested for DNA and "scientists" confirmed that one of those bodies was indeed Anastasia. 6) A Russian scientist said the tests were done hurriedly and the results were inconclusive; but the Russian government wanted the information to be quickly disseminated and the case closed. This man is a rogue; maybe in it for the "fame." Just my thought rambles........352 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jul 4, 2019 |
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Memorable, poignant, and a dazzling tour-de-force of structure and storytelling, this novel starts in both the last days of Tsarist Russia and in 1980s Virginia. For once there was a young woman named the Grand Duchess Anastasia, who died in July of 1918. Once there was a woman who calling herself Anna Anderson, who died in February of 1984.... Anastasia’s story rolls inexorably forward as Anna’s unravels backward until the stories collide with the inevitability of tragedy. And even though I knew how the novel must end, I still found myself hoping that somehow the author had managed to pull off the miracle that would change Anastasia’s history—or at least change Anna’s.
 
Lawhon brilliantly employs an inventive and non-linear dual narrative to tell the tale of how Anastasia would become Anna Anderson, or, perhaps, how Anna became Anastasia.
ajouté par Lemeritus | modifierUSA Today, Mary Cadden (Mar 21, 2018)
 
The tragic story of Anastasia is an enduring one, and the woman who laid claim to her birthright is a testament to the world’s desire to believe in Anastasia’s survival. This sprawling, immersive tale travels from revolutionary Russia to interwar France and Germany, bringing its characters to sparkling life.
ajouté par Lemeritus | modifierPublishers Weekly (Jan 29, 2018)
 
Lawhon tells Anna’s story in reverse.... Anastasia’s tale is told in the first person in the opposite direction... to the night of the murders. This makes a certain amount of sense, as it allows the story to converge on the moment of truth, when we will find out if Anna is, as she certainly seems to be, Anastasia. What pushes it a little too far from the point of view of readability is the decision to tell individual Anna chapters backward. Anna’s globe-trotting trials and tribulations are hard enough to follow without this level of intricacy. So the Anastasia story ends up being the more compelling of the two, hurtling as it does to its grisly ending. Somewhat overcomplicated but ultimately satisfying. Anastasia Romanov lives yet again!
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"Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted dual narrative structure, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex and emotionally compelling territory yet: the nature of identity itself. The question of who Anna Anderson is and what actually happened to Anastasia Romanov creates a saga that spans fifty years and touches three continents. This thrilling story is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted"--

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