The True Memoirs of Little K (2020)

The True Memoirs of Little K Exiled in Paris tiny one hundred year old Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs before all that she believes to be true is forgotten A lifetime ago she was the vain ambitious impos
  • Title: The True Memoirs of Little K
  • Author: Adrienne Sharp
  • ISBN: 9780374207304
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Exiled in Paris, tiny, one hundred year old Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs before all that she believes to be true is forgotten A lifetime ago, she was the vain, ambitious, impossibly charming prima ballerina assoluta of the tsar s Russian Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg Now, as she looks back on her tumultuous life, she can still recall every sliExiled in Paris, tiny, one hundred year old Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs before all that she believes to be true is forgotten A lifetime ago, she was the vain, ambitious, impossibly charming prima ballerina assoluta of the tsar s Russian Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg Now, as she looks back on her tumultuous life, she can still recall every slight she ever suffered, every conquest she ever made.Kschessinka s riveting storytelling soon thrusts us into a world lost to time that great intersection of the Russian court and the Russian theater Before the revolution, Kschessinska dominated that world as the greatest dancer of her age At seventeen, her crisp, scything technique made her a star So did her romance with the tsarevich Nicholas Romanov, soon to be Nicholas II It was customary for grand dukes and sons of tsars to draw their mistresses from the ranks of the ballet, but it was not customary for them to fall in love.The affair could not endure when Nicholas ascended to the throne as tsar, he was forced to give up his mistress, and Kschessinska turned for consolation to his cousins, two grand dukes with whom she formed an infamous m nage trois But when Nicholas s marriage to Alexandra wavered after she produced girl after girl, he came once again to visit his Little K As the tsar s empire one that once made up a third of the world began its fatal crumble, Kschessinka s devotion to the imperial family would be tested in ways she could never have foreseen.In Adrienne Sharp s magnificently imagined novel, the last days of the three hundred year old Romanov empire are relived Through Kschessinska s memories of her own triumphs and defeats, we witness the stories that changed history the seething beginnings of revolution, the blindness of the doomed court, the end of a grand, decadent way of life that belonged to the nineteenth century Based on fact, The True Memoirs of Little K is historical fiction as it s meant to be written passionately eventful, crammed with authentic detail, and alive with emotions that resonate still.
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    1. A novel about Mathilde Kschessinskaya, the mistress of Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia While there are some good things in here, and plenty of description and emotional writing, this turned into a wallbanger very quickly YMMV For the complete review, please go here epinions review Book_T

    2. I have just finished reading Adrienne Sharp s The True Memoirs of Little K, about Mathilde Kschessinska It sounds like a biography but it is indeed a novel Mathilde was the mistress of the future Nicholas II beginning when she was 17 and newly graduated from St Petersburg Imperial Ballet School, for 3 years ending when married Alexandria, but their friendship lasted a life time The facts seem to bear this out She was made prima ballerina assoluta in 1896, and she acquired a great deal of valuabl [...]

    3. Mathilde Kschessinska 1872 1971 comes to life in Adrienne Sharp s The True Memoirs of Little K in the same way she lit up the stage as a ballet dancer Kschessinska rose up in the ranks of the Russian Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg to become prima ballerina assoluta with a little help from her powerful paramour, Tsar Nicholas II Sharp successfully recreates the splendor, extravagance, and excess of a dynasty whose days were numbered, though no one knew it In fact, Sharp s storytelling skills ar [...]

    4. The strength of this book is in it s character study and the rich detailed world building created And Mathilde Kschessinka is a strong character and who doesn t like political manoeuvring and manipulations but she is stacked against qualities I disliked It reads best as a character study than anything I am biased against this novel in that I prefer tight, crisp language, where this book has chosen to focus on an overabundance of detail that wavers between adding to the atmosphere and detracting [...]

    5. Nel cuore di una italica primavera che ha la stessa luminosit di un inverno siberiano, mi sono immersa in una vera fiaba, sia nella vicenda che nell ambientazione E il bello che sono tutte e due in gran parte vere In questo libro c un buon lavoro di ricerca storica, per quanto meramente finalizzato a rendere plausibile una favola la pi classica di tutte, quella che vede per protagonisti una ballerina e l imperatore La storia racconta della ballerina Mathilde Kschessinka che in giovent stata aman [...]

    6. If you love richly detailed historical fiction, read this, and then read City of Shadows by Arianna Franklin This one is set in Russia during the reign of Czar Nicholas and the Bolshevik revolution, written as a memoir of the Czar s mistress, a famous Russian ballerina City of Shadows picks up with the execution of the Czar s family and is set in pre WWII Germany, the inflation and food shortages that led to anti Jewish sentiment and the rise of Hitler It s a mystery thriller with a love interes [...]

    7. Nauseating excess and greed A ballerina who only knows one way to take care of herself and that is to be kept by royalty Well, and lying You don t have to like her to like the book An entertaining, engrossing read 3 starsI have always admired an opportunist, being one myself that pretty much sums up Little K.

    8. Littlr K was a ballerina and also mistress to the tsarevich Nicholas This is a novel about ballet, but also Russian history and the tumultous years leading up to the Russian Revolution.

    9. Whenever I read reviews here or on , I m disappointed when people complain that characters aren t relatable or they didn t like the book because they couldn t sympathize with the protagonist That has never stopped me from reading or liking a book because even when something is outside my experience, or the characters are the opposite of who I am, being there can be fascinating Such is the case with Mathilde Kschessinska who, at the beginning of the story, is one hundred years old and writing her [...]

    10. I didn t have enough background knowledge to know what was real and what was fiction while reading this book Once I read it just as fiction I enjoyed it I wonder how things would have been different with the Romanovs if they had been in touch with the people of their country In the story Mathilda Kschessinska comes across as vain, ambitious, and self absorbed She as well as many other people in the book suffered from a sense of entitlement.

    11. Il mio cuore si spezzava ogni volta che la storia di Mala si scontrava con il mondo incantato di Anastasia raccontato dalla Disney Ma dovete capirmi, io con quel film ci sono quasi cresciuta e negli anni rimasto uno dei miei film Disney preferiti Eppure non riuscivo a staccarmene, tanto che in tre notti l ho finito La storia ovviamente romanzata ma, visto che le mie conoscenze sulla storia russa risalgono a quanto ricordo delle lezioni di storia del liceo sono passati solo quattro anni, ma dimen [...]

    12. Relentlessly ambitious, Mathilde Kschessinska charms, connives, and chass s her way to the center of the Romanov stage The famed ballerina is the mistress of not one, but three members of the imperial family, including Nicholas II himself The story of her scandalous life, told in the form of a dictated memoir, opens to us a world of splendor and intrigue that has long since disappeared Little K, as her Niki called her, saw Russia at its most opulent and its most terrifying, and her narrative giv [...]

    13. So, if I was writing this review when I was only half way through the book, it would have definitely gotten 5 stars from me As things stand, I was going back and forth between 3 and 4 stars, and the reason I wanted to give it 4 was because of an excellent and elegant writing style and also an interesting story which was readable and entertaining Here is why I ended up giving it only 3 stars this will contain SPOILERS It is a clearly well researched novel, and the first half is historically accur [...]

    14. I m not a ballet person though I d love to take some adult classes and don t know much beyond the popular lore about Russian history in the early 20th century, but I still found a LOT to interest me in this book.As usual, Adrienne Sharp s writing is beautiful Just hearing her words inside your head as you read is a wonderful experience I really loved this book much than The Sleeping Beauty, though I still think the author shines the most in her short story collection White Swan, Black Swan The [...]

    15. If it s historical fiction and involves the sordid lives and excesses of monarchs and their courts, count me in But this story has an added incentive, centering on the life and career of a world famous ballerina Written as a fictional memoir by one hundred year old Mathilde Kschessinska, former prima ballerina assoluta of the Russian Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg at the turn of the last century, this story captures a time at the intersection of the decline of the Romanov empire and rising pol [...]

    16. I was delighted to have the opportunity to preview this novel, written as the memoir of a prestigious ballerina who has a life long affair with the last czar of Russia The novel appears to have been very well researched If anything, I felt that Adrienne Sharp was overly ambitious in presenting so much detail of the history of the fall of the Romanovs I really struggled through the first half of the book, which read like a textbook than a novel Things picked up in the second half, but the rather [...]

    17. After coming off the bestseller Cleopatra, I wasn t eager to jump into another book on history, but this was just a wonderful read I have loved the story of the Tsar since going to see Nicholas Alexandra at the movies ohway back whend after seeing the movie I read the book it was based on twice I ve loved the stories through the years about Anastasia So this looked like something I would enjoy, and enjoy it I did.Historical fiction at it s finest Loved how alive the characters became I love the [...]

    18. Interestingly, when I looked up Mathilde on , it turns out she was born 100 years to the day before me, so that made figuring out how old she was at each juncture easy and she lived to be nearly 100, may God grant me a similarly long life.A very solid, well written, interesting historical fiction and sometimes fiction than others, as the author admits in the author s notes about Tsar Nikolai II s mistress, the dancer Mathilde Kschessinska Now and then, a bit of a dense, heavy read, but you defi [...]

    19. I always loved ballet, and with sensations such as Black Swan and ballerina fashion taking center stage, this topic has never been popular Sharp does not dive into the performance aspect of the plot, instead focusing on the inner workings of an imperfect narrator It was also engaging and provoking to read about the Russian Revolution from the other side of the tracks, as the main character is wealthy and insprired by the czarist run government I love the idea of historical fiction, and Sharp pr [...]

    20. The latest book by Adrienne Sharp, coming out in November, a beautiful, intensely researched, fantastically well imagined historical novel about the ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska, the mistress of Nicholas II, and her lovers, her ambition, her place vis a vis the court sorry again to recommend a book that s not out yet But I was all over this one nobody writes about dance the way Adrienne Sharp does Now she s on a larger stage get ready

    21. Reading The True Memoirs of Little K, which is essentially a bloated outline rather than an actual novel, can only lead the reader to one conclusion Adrienne Sharp wanted to write a novel about Nicholas II Why else would she only focus on the interesting prima ballerina assoluta Matilde Kschessinska when she s sleeping with him, even when she has to twist history to keep him in her life It s a disservice to the woman and a disservice to the reader Avoid.

    22. Great read, although some of the theories don t hold up against history, but a wonderful book and insight into a time I haven t read much about or studied.

    23. Linking up my blog s posted review, LOVED THIS BOOK So far, easily my favorite piece of historical fictionelazyw 2012 01

    24. Ovo je vise 2 ,nego 3 koje sam dala.Pri a o balerini Matildi K,carevoj balerini,onako kako je ona predstavljena u ovoj knjizi nimalo mi se kao lik nije dopala,puna je spletki,prora unata je i ne znam je li vise opsjednuta carom ili bogatstvom ili samim Romanovima.U knjizi je previse historijskog nabrajanja,bez lijepog slijeda.Spisateljica jednostavno nije uspjela ispri ati lijepu i itku pri u bez obzira to je podloga vi e nego zanimljiva.

    25. I liked it I liked learning a little about the Romanov family and old Russia Mathilde was a funny character to me She was spoiled, privileged and manipulative but a true survivor I admired that strength than disliked her other traits Interesting story based on horrors in history.

    26. Per essere un romanzo su una ballerina scritto da una ex ballerina si parla proprio poco di danza E pi una relazione sulla politica russa di fine Ottocento narrante dall amante dello Zar.

    27. Having recently read Anna Karenina, I appreciated learning much about the circumstances of the doomed Russian aristocracy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries However, I felt that Sharp was determined to cram as many historical details as possible into this novel at the expense of developing fully fleshed characters The narrator, Little K as she was called by Tsar Nicholas II, is a woman who uses her artistry as a ballerina and her ambitions for herself and her son to thrive in [...]

    28. Exiled in Paris, the frail, elderly Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs A lifetime ago, she was the vain, ambitious, impossibly charming prima ballerina assoluta of the tsar s Russian Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg Kschessinska s riveting storytelling soon thrusts us into a world lost to time that great intersection of the Russian court and the Russian theater Through Kschessinska s memories of her own triumphs and defeats, we witness the stories that changed history, from the [...]

    29. The danger with historical fiction is that an author can take history and literally make it fantasy if not careful This is not the case with Adrienne Sharp s The True Memoirs of Little K One quick Internet search showcases how much of Ms Sharp s tale dovetails nicely with the facts This heightens the element of plausibility in these True Memoirs , adding to the reader s overall enjoyment and fascination with the last years of the Czar.Kschessinska is quite the character She is selfish, egoistic, [...]

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