The House of Special Purpose

The House of Special PurposeThe House of Special Purpose by John Boyne
Published by Other Press on April 2nd 2013
Pages: 469
ISBN: 1590515986
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So enjoyable!

It is always quite enjoyable to read a book which is so well written and engaging. This book of historical fiction brings one man’s past and present together. Eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev is currently living in England with his wife Zoya. His wife is ill and as he reflects on their life, it is evident that their life was not as common as their friends believed. Georgy Jachmenev’s life began in Russia and as he looks back on his life, we learn about his ties to Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei. Through an act of heroism, he is brought into the world of the Romanov’s during the time of the Russian Revolution.

I really liked the alternating timeline story telling. This book begins toward the end of a man’s life and weaves its way back to the beginning of his tale. It was a nice way to bring the story full circle and back to that fateful day in the House of Special Purpose. It is obvious that the Author did a lot of research for this book. He tells one man’s story of survival, hope, love, resiliency, pain, and heartache while keeping with the historical events leading up the execution of the last czar of Russia(and his family).

I have read a couple of stinkers lately and it was like a breath of fresh air reading such a finely crafted book. Extremely well written. This book is like a slow burn -it’s not a page turner but I felt myself seeping into this story. This book is interesting, thought provoking, and riveting.


Highly Recommend!


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