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Rewarding, Enriching, Accesible
on 9 August 2013
I enjoyed this book very much. It is well written -with an empathic style but rich in language, making me feel as if Owen Matthews himself was right there, talking in all eloquence- and superbly interesting on both accounts of the title:
1. the story of Nikolai Rezanov is pricelss, a character of such contradictions which at times you simpathize with, at times makes you cringe in shock. Almost all qualities seemed to rush through his fast paced life.
2. For a reader with little prior background on Russia, it explains with both analysis and interesting anecdote the expansion of the Russian Empire towards the Wild East, as well as the intricacies of palace gossip and conspiracy. At times, it truly felt like an episode of Game of Thrones!
All in all, a very rewarding and accessible book.