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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
Auteurs:Ariel Lawhon (Auteur)
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The dueling timelines were confusing. I didn’t care about either of the main characters. Anastasia’s storyline was the more interesting, but I felt like I never had a chance to dig any deeper than her surface problems. Her situation was horrible, but switching back and forth in the story meant I was skimming the surface for both women. ( )
  bookworm12 | Jun 23, 2022 |
It was a well told story of the possibility that Anastasia survived the slaughter of her family. I enjoyed the back and forth of the story and wondering which ending the author would end with. The last chapter was a different tone than the rest of the book but I think it worked for what Lawhon was trying to portray. This is a book I would recommend if you like historical fiction. ( )
  Micareads | Jun 21, 2022 |
This had quite the twist at the end! One that I honestly did not see coming. And then the Afterward actually mocks the reader for buying in to the ruse. I don't know whether to be utterly upset that I was deceived or impressed that the author told such a compelling story that I didn't even think to question it. ( )
  Cheyenna | Jun 7, 2022 |
A compelling story, told in a very convoluted way. ( )
  ReluctantTechie | Dec 10, 2021 |
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 |
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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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