The Winter Palace: A Novel Of Catherine The Great (2020)

The Winter Palace: A Novel Of Catherine The Great Eva Stachniak The Winter Palace A Novel Of Catherine The Great When Vavara a young orphaned Polish girl is brought to serve at Empress Elizabeth s glittering dangerous court in St Petersburg she is schooled by the Chancellor himself in skills from lock pickin
  • Title: The Winter Palace: A Novel Of Catherine The Great
  • Author: Eva Stachniak
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  • Page: 349
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The Winter Palace: A Novel Of Catherine The Great Eva Stachniak When Vavara, a young orphaned Polish girl, is brought to serve at Empress Elizabeth s glittering, dangerous court in St Petersburg, she is schooled by the Chancellor himself in skills from lock picking to love making, learning above all else to stay silent and listen Soon, she is Elizabeth s tongue her secret eyes and ears.Then Sophie, a vulnerable young princess, aWhen Vavara, a young orphaned Polish girl, is brought to serve at Empress Elizabeth s glittering, dangerous court in St Petersburg, she is schooled by the Chancellor himself in skills from lock picking to love making, learning above all else to stay silent and listen Soon, she is Elizabeth s tongue her secret eyes and ears.Then Sophie, a vulnerable young princess, arrives from Prussia as a prospective bride for Elizabeth s heir Set to spy on her by the Empress, Vavara soon becomes her friend and confidante, and helps her navigate the illicit seductions and the treacherous shifting allegiances of the court.But Sophie s destiny is to become the notorious Catherine the Great Are her ambitions lofty and far reaching than anyone suspected, and will she stop at nothing to achieve absolute power
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  1. Erin

    Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.Straight out of the gate I have to give Stachniak a lot of points In a market flooded with Tudor lit, The Winter Palace stands apart A lover of history and historic fiction, I was overjoyed to see an author branching out Of course, I wont be happy until someone writes a solid fiction on Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Marie Vetsera but Catherine the Great is definitely a step in the right direction Overall, I enjoyed th [...]

  2. C.W.

    In the crowded historical fiction marketplace, THE WINTER PALACE stands out for being a book set in mid eighteenth century Russia, an unusual setting But what makes this novel unique is its perspective Told from the viewpoint of Varvara, a young Polish woman who rises to influence in the Russian Court of Tsarina Elizabeth as a spy, we are swept into a tumultuous era when the fortunes of an entire empire hovered on the often incomprehensible whims of the aging tsarina, and where an enterprising s [...]

  3. librarianka

    This book sets the stage for the next book, a clever idea In The Winter Palace we read about what went on before the relatively obscure German princess Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt Zerbst Dornburg transformed herself into the empress Catherine the Great.I found it quite an intense story about what, we would call today, an abusive and toxic environment and women who found themselves living inside it Sophie and everybody else is placed under the tyranny of empress Elizabeth, who is a cruel [...]

  4. Alice Poon

    I m giving this novel 3.7 stars.This was an entertaining novel that read like a melodrama The plot is believable and fastidiously executed The writing is melodious and sentimental The novel is immensely rich in descriptive details, especially about court etiquette, palatial decor, clothes and jewelry Having recently read Robert Massie s factual non fiction title Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman, I can avow that this novel is based on meticulous research.The novel is written from the persp [...]

  5. Becky

    This book was selected for my Historical Fiction group s January group read, and since I m trying somewhat successfully so far, but the year is still young to read group read selections, I read this one And Well, I liked it, but I can t say that I loved it It really wasn t what I was expecting at all, though that s not really a bad thing Just different I had expected this novel of Catherine the Great to be about Catherine the Great Instead, it was about the girl, Sophie, who would become her An [...]

  6. Misfit

    Novels on Catherine the Great are few and far between, and I believe most of those are out of print and rather hard to find, so I was thrilled to bits to see a new one coming out While this is billed as A Novel of Catherine the Great , the narrator is Barbara Varvara in Russian , a daughter of a Polish bookbinder who works as a spy in the household of the Empress Elizabeth, beginning at the time a young Princess Sophie is brought to court to marry Elizabeth s nephew and heir Barbara and the newl [...]

  7. AliceinWonderland

    I was so looking forward to this book, only to be disappointed AGAIN The unfortunate part is that the premise of the book, including the time period and all of the characters could have had such an interesting story to tell, but Stachniak falls short To start off with, I believe the choice of a first person narrator told from the point of a view of a spy or tongue under the guise as a chamber maid ruined the writer s ability to truly potray Catherine the Great I mean, who is she really This daun [...]

  8. Lolly's Library

    3.5 starsEva Stachniak is an excellent writer She immerses the reader fully into the story, allowing one to hear the susurration of silken petticoats, feel the chill bite of the howling Russian winter wind, smell the perfume and mildew which permeated the grand yet dilapidated Winter Palace She does so with complex sentences, unlike some historical fiction writers cough Philippa Gregory cough who can t seem to string together sentences involved than the See Jane, See Spot, See Jane and Spot var [...]

  9. Bücherwunder

    Mit diesem Buch habe ich nach langer Zeit wieder einmal einen historischen Roman zur Hand genommen und es nicht bereut.Durch die ungew hnliche Perspektive einer Angestellten des Hofes wird die Geschichte von Katharina der Gro en erz hlt bevor sie den russischen Thron f r sich eroberte.Schnell kommt man in die Geschichte und fiebert mit den Protagonisten mit, wobei sich dabei vordergr ndlich auf deren Privatleben und weniger auf historische Ereignisse oder politische Vorg nge konzentriert wird Da [...]

  10. Sue

    The Winter Palace is historical fiction, based on historical sources of the life of Catherine the Great of Russia We see the center of the empire through the eyes of one member of the court, an insignificant child initially brought to Russia by her Polish parents This child, Barbara, soon to be renamed Varvara, enters into the world of court intrigue after her parents death and we follow the intrigues of court life under Elizabeth, Grand Duke Peter, the search for a wife for Peter, and the trans [...]

  11. Helena (Renchi King)

    Za moj ukus previ e romanti no i bajkovito Povijesno vrijedna tema potro ena na banalnosti

  12. Josie

    Audiobook version Now that the days are shorter, I was looking for a sweeping historical novel to listen to on the dark drive to and from work This seemed ideal an orphaned Polish girl working in the Russian court becomes one of Empress Elizabeth s tongues a palace spy but ultimately ends up helping the young German princess Sophie to become the notorious Catherine the Great.Except, my knowledge of Russian and European history of that era is veeeery vague, so I honestly have no idea why Catherin [...]

  13. Ivy

    Die Geschichte Russlands durch die Augen von Warwara, Dienerin von Kaiserin Elisabeth und gleichzeitig Spionin von Katharina der Gro en.Die Perspektive war f r mich das spannendste in dem Buch Teilweise gut r ber gebracht durch berraschende Wendung, teilweise aber auch flach und emotionslos, so dass man nicht mitfiebert.Da hatte ich definitiv mehr erwartet

  14. Cassandra

    Historischer Roman um Katharina der Gro en erz hlt aus der Sicht einer Spionin, die zur Freundin der sp terin Zarin wird Liest sich gut, wei aber noch nicht, ob ich den zweiten Teil in der n chsten Zeit auch lesen werde.

  15. Manda Scott

    I was recently sent two outstanding books for cover quotes This is the first Published in January next year by Doubleday, The Winter Palace is the story of the ascent of the poor little German princess, Sophie who, dragged to the Russian court as bride for the youthful Grand Duke a Prussian, who spends his life playing with his toy soldiers and fails to consummate their marriage , rises in time to become Catherine the Great.But she is not great when we meet her she s the princess with darned sto [...]

  16. Dem

    The winter palace by Eva is an interesting and easy to read Novel and if you are somebody who does not like to get bogged down with historical dates and facts but like to learn a little of Russian royal courts, then this is the book for you, however if you are somebody who loves historical fiction with a capital L and want your novels to read like history books then you will not enjoy this book.I picked this book up recently at an airport bookshop as the two books I had packed were heavy reading [...]

  17. Dorine

    For hardcore Historical fiction lovers, THE WINTER PALACE by Eva Stachniak is an excellent book The novel gives great insight into Russian history and I thought it was fascinating It s written from the point of view of Varvara, a young orphaned woman, who becomes a spy within the Empress palace Her father was a bookbinder and upon his death, Varvara is left within the Empress care At first, she doesn t have much choice about becoming a spy it s either that or continue working as a seamstress, wh [...]

  18. MaryannC.Book Fiend

    I wasnt sure if I was going to like this, I read a mixed bag of reviews on this book This was my first book about Catherine The Great and I have to say I really liked it I liked the details and the author s writing style It wasnt complicated, it was just a nice, solid read that kept me coming back for .

  19. Natalie

    Zanimljiv roman o mladoj Katarini II koja tada jo nije bila velika pa se ne osjeti ta njena odlu nost, vrsto ai je odli no prikazan ivot, muvanja, spletkarenja, pijuniranja, ljubovanjai godine idu, idu,iduk ne do e taj dan

  20. Sally

    As a First Reads winner, I received an advanced reader s copy, and a part of my perception of the book might be because of that As a work of historical fiction, it serves its purpose it describes the atmosphere and the social classes of the era in rich detail The level of distrust and paranoia within the Russian court during Empress Elizabeth s reign is emphasized in a realistic and informational manner However, I felt the novel lacks certain qualities that prevented me from enjoying it as much [...]

  21. Cheryl

    Misleading back cover or reader error Maybe a little bit of both While I thought that the book would be a lot about the Catherine the Great, with some of the Catherinian Era enlightenment, Catherine really takes a back seat to Empress Elizabeth until about 300 pages in About 75 pages in, Catherine slowly enters her story, 200 pages in and Elizabeth might as well have been the main character, and 300 pages in, you get to see some of Catherine s prowess because before all this, her character seems [...]

  22. Jane

    A very well written, magnificent novel on the rise to power of Catherine the Great of Russia Told by a servant, the Polish orphan Varvara, recruited as a spy called gazette or tongue by the conservative Elizabeth II, the novel tells of Varvara s years in Elizabeth s service and beyond Varvara recounts the coming of a noble German teenager, who has been chosen to marry the Empress s nephew, the childish and nasty Czar Peter Catherine suffers then chafes under the years of cruelty of her mother in [...]

  23. Megan Baxter

    This is the other historical fiction I was reading while I was reading Wolf Hall, and musing about my reactions to both I would still say that Wolf Hall is a step above most historical fiction I ve ever read, but this wasn t bad It wasn t earth shattering, either But not bad.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  24. Linda Inês

    Este livro basicamente um sem fim de coscuvilhices, rus e segredos que me deixou viciada do in cio ao fim Eu adorei a personagem principal que a narradora da hist ria e uma espi na corte russa ela que nos vai contando as perip cias que v o acontecendo e que v o levar ascens o de Catarina, a grande A hist ria est muito bem escrita e levou me a torcer por algumas personagens s para mais tarde me fazer detest las Bem, concluindo, foi uma mistura de sentimentos.Recomendo este livro para quem gosta d [...]

  25. lovelylifeofanna

    Ein sch nes Buch, dass das Leben von Katharina der Gro en n her bringt aber gleichzeitig die Geschichte von Barbara einer Spionin bei Hofe erz hlt Die Geschichte ist sehr spannend erz hlt und die wenigen L ngen konnte man gut aushalten Ich habe viel ber die russische Geschichte gelernt und bin gespannt auf Band 2.

  26. Care

    More than anything else I hate to see a truly gifted writer fail to achieve potential To succeed in crafting wonderful prose, creating an enveloping atmosphere, only then to fail when history itself has given you the very plot and characters you need spin out your tale in a stunning coup de grace Eva Stachniak chose an interesting, completely fictional narrator, which does allow her interesting roving viewpoints throughout the palace Her narrator is the orphaned daughter of the bookbinder to the [...]

  27. Patrícia

    Opini o do blogue Chaise Longue girlinchaiselongueA R ssia czarista sempre exerceu um forte fasc nio em mim Culpem Anastasia se quiserem Mas, na literatura, poucas vezes posso dar azo a esse interesse, o que faz com que livros como O Pal cio de Inverno, sejam, imediatamente leitura obrigat ria E esta, em especial, foi tudo o que podia ter pedido e mais ainda Eva Stachniak, escreve com requinte e beleza, deslumbrando nos atrav s de palavras apaixonadas e descri es que nos cantam alma Esta hist ri [...]

  28. Meg - A Bookish Affair

    Guys, I ve been bitten by the all things Russian bug Lucky for me, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of Russian lit, especially in the genre of historical fiction, which is one of my favorites as you may have figured out I was so excited once I heard this book was coming out Back in August, I visited Odessa in Ukraine, which had basically been planned out by Catherine the Great There are statues and plaques of her everywhere in the city It s a cool city definitely one of the traditional Western [...]

  29. JG (The Introverted Reader)

    Barbara is a Prussian bookbinder s daughter who moves to Russia with her family so that her father can have better work opportunities After the deaths of her parents, Barbara goes to work in the Imperial Palace, where she quickly makes herself useful by becoming a spy She is ideally placed and of the perfect age to befriend young Sophie when she arrives in the palace to marry the Grand Duke Peter, heir to the Imperial Throne Sophie is renamed Catherine and Barbara remains by her side as she is f [...]

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