Point of view The moments in which Catherine is dying were too long and it was difficult to return and connect to the main story after The series of lovers was getting long and it was difficult to return and connect to the main story after The series of lovers was getting toward the nd perhaps because the author didn t really focus on them nor on the Empress feelings toward them Sometimes I wasn t Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars even sure of what was going onOne positive note the moments with Catherine s grandchildren Alexandrine Alexander were adorable but I would have wanted I never read The Winter Palace but I definitely not intend to read it Sorry Find this and other reviews at is that old admonition If you can t say something nice don t say anything at allIt s a wonderful rule of thumb but I m afraid abiding by it would compromise my integrity as I wouldn t be able to write much of anything and as a reviewer well that s kind of a problem This being the case perhaps I should take comfort in knowing honesty to be the best policyI came to Eva Stachniak s Empress of the Night with high hopes Her first Catherine novel The Winter Palace had been an interestingnough read and I was optimistic that her follow up would outshine its predecessor Unfortunately when face to face with the reality I found my confidence grossly misplacedIn all fairness I think the idea of an aged Catherine reflecting on her legacy as the final moments of her life slip unceremoniously through her fingers is an interesting and creative premise but Stachniak s narrative is so disjointed and incoherent that wading through her character s musings uickly became a first class test of Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life endurance After four hundred pages I should have felt connected to Catherine but the jumbled nature of the narrative made forming any kind of attachment absolutely impossible and severely undermined themotional impact of the novel To make matters worse I think Stachniak placed Crazy Love emphasis on the wrong aspect of Catherine s life Her decision to downplay the Empress political and public personas in favor of promoting the amorous moments of herxistence was I felt an Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society exceedingly poor choice The monotony of Catherine s steady parade of paramours left me bored and disinterested in the narrative caring about when I d reach thend than how the novel would conclude Much of my disappointment stems from being familiar with Catherine s history prior to reading this piece as I was well aware of
how much was being omitted from the story but my real concern was Stachniak s much was being omitted from the story but my real concern was Stachniak s to bring anything new and interesting to the table in terms of characterization and theme Despite my initial optimism I can t say I d recommend Empress of the Night and am not sure I will be continuing with the series DNF This is a retelling of Catherine the Great s story of ascension to power already told in the previous novel The Winter Palace this time told through the yes of Catherine herself
IT MAY HAVE SOUNDED LIKE Amay have sounded like a idea in the author s head but the result is a story the reader is already familiar with told again without nough new insights on it to justify the retelling Instead of the interesting point of view of the courtiers and servants from the first book we now only get to learn about Catherine s love life which does not in any way give us information about the politics schemes and culture of Imperial Russia For me this wasn t nough to make me want to read the same story again A novel of Catherine the Great book 2Based on Catherine s memoirs this second novel seems of a literary novel than anything lse Its approach is uite daunting and has less of a straight Solid readingHaving read this as a stand alone I did not feel like I missed anything by not reading The Winter Palace though I will be reading it at some pointI do feel like I learned a great deal about Catherine the Great I knew that she could be shrewd but I can understand why for the most part She really did what she had to to benefit Russia She was hard and stubborn but she did some great things Now the deba. Her the world and brought her Black Heart, Red Ruby enemies to their knees And before her last breath shadowed by the bloody French Revolution she sets up thend game for her last political maneuver nsuring her successor and the greater glory of Russi.
Eva Stachniak ☆ 8 DownloadI finished Empress of the Night A Novel of Catherine the Great yesterday but wasn t ready to rate or write a review about it neither did I have time to do it anyway My copy of
this book starts with a uote written to me by my grandmother When I gave you yourbook starts with a uote written to me by my grandmother When I gave you your book I also told you something If you want to live a happy life you got to read lots of books I m glad you remember Why am I writing this Well to show you that I ll be good to this book despite all the flaws it hadWhen I saw what it was about I was thrilled I love reading about strong women in history the great ones who changed something in the world Yekaterina Alexeevna how amazing is that The title the cover the theme Everything had my name on it It took me a lot of time to read this almost a month So I have to say that this is one of those books you have to read fast because if you skip one day you might need time to focus on it again The writting was shallow and conomical It had really short sentences which lead to no New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood emotions The plot was boring and repetitive Certantly Wasn T wasn t way to describe a woman as great as her The book was focused only on her lovers while the influence she had in arts the politics she followed didn t get much attention or got no attention at all In my opinion most of her greatness was ignored Why are we walking Because we have to move Why If we stop we die The last few pages were interesting There once again we get a uick look over the characters personalities And they made me feel sad for finishing this book that I wasager to finish The living always got to say the last words I wouldn t recommend this for the people who are looking for a book who shows the great life and politics of Catherine but to those who want to catch only a glimpse of it Have you Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey ever read a book because that particular subject fascinates you so younjoy reading than what you ve already read And then as you are reading the book begins to become erily familiar like you ve read it before This is how I felt about Empress of the Night I love historical fiction and Catherine the Great is such an intriguing figure that I njoy reading about her from a variety of perspectives Sadly this book reminded me so much of the last book I read about Catherine Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman that I literally had to check a couple of times to make sure that I wasn t accidentally repeating myself The only stark difference in what I read and what I recall reading was the interjections as Catherine appears to be suffering a stroke and that it appeared to have to do with her lovers and less to do with her fascinating rulingI suppose you can make the argument that as an historical figure there is little left to the imagination any Not being a writer I wouldn t know whether that could ЯED ever be true But this just felt like a rehash of so much of what I have already readHaving said that the story is written well and would be a good starting point for anyone not overly familiar with Catherine and her ascent to the throne I think it would benjoyable for them Unfortunately for me it was a case of deja vu that was too strong to ignore Ever since I read The Winter Palace I had been dying to read Empress of the Night so I was so xcited to be able to finally get it in my hot little hands I was definitely not disappointed in this book but if you ve read The Winter Palace Empress of the Night has a completely different feeling Catherine the Great is an absolutely fascinating historical figure and she gets an amazing treatment in this bookThis book has a vastly different flavor than The Winter Palace This book felt much dream like and while the style took me a little bit to get used to there s a lot about Catherine s feelings and in places it almost felt like stream of consciousness type writing but it actually really works for this book Catherine the Great is a looming figure in history and I thought the style sort of gave a no. Catherine the Great muses on her life her relentless battle between love and power the country she brought into the glorious new century and the bodies left in her wake By the nd of her life she had accomplished than virtually any. D to that I was utterly The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs entranced by the writingYou certainly don t need to have read The Winter Palace in order to read andnjoy this book but it can t hurt This book focuses way on Catherine s later life I also thought that it was really interesting that the book focused much on Catherine s inner feelings and not much as to what was going on with her reign You really do get an internal view of her thoughts and feelings I did wish that the book went into a little bit about her actual reign and the politics of the time but I did like getting to know her a little bit better through this book Catherine is one of my favorite historical figures she is so absolutely fascinating to me but there has been very little historical fiction with her at the center This book definitely fits a great void I would like to preface this review with the statement that this book is in no way a testament to the author s talent I read the previous book in this series The Winter Palace and was very Moreno engrossed with the author s ability to convey the rise to power of Catherine the Great through theyes of a servant who comes to be a close friend Because that book was so well done I was thrilled to be granted an advanced reader s copy of the book to follow I only wish Empress of the Night could have lived up to the Monsieur Pain expectationsFrom what I can discern the problem with this book stems from the way in which it is structured The story begins with Catherine as an old woman before long she is incapacitated on the seat of her toilet with a crushing headache pain and the inability to move her body As she contemplates what to do she continues to reflect back on her past beginning with when she first arrived at the Russian court as Princess Sophie to bengaged to Peter III To hear about this time in her life was almost like a refresher course for the readers who have read The Winter Palace I was interested but I was also not and unfortunately that sentiment continued throughout the ntirety of the bookCatherine the Great s reign was filled to the brim with personal and political intrigue yet this book focused way too much on her reflections about past lovers I wanted to hear about the politics I also wanted the story to stop feeling so disjointed because the view of one of her attendants with a mole on his face could automatically and randomly throw her thoughts to the past The structure of this story did not
WORK OUT AND I REALLY CANNOT ENVISION PEOPLE ENJOYINGout and I really cannot nvision people What If enjoying book If you are interested in Catherine the Great and this author then I would recommend you read The Winter Palace which covers her arrival to the Russian court to the coup against her husband to become Empress of Russia If you want to read a book about the politics of her reign then I m sure you can find one as well and if you do find a good one then please let me know I received a copy of the book from the publisher inxchange for an honest review The xpected publication date is March 25 2014 From the moment I started listening to this book I could tell that
IT WAS SOMETHING UNIUE IT WASwas something uniue It was a novel that I would have njoyed in print than as an audiobook Listening too it I found my mind wandering and got lost in the disjointed storytelling Beginning with the scene of Catherine s dying moments Empress of the Night has a dreamlike uality of the The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good empress life flashing before heryes Instead of a comprehensive biography the reader is given random snippets that stand out to Catherine as her last breaths slip away Some scenes are told in Supplemental Book exuisite detail while others are never mentioned Most of the focus is on Catherine s legendary love lifeThere is some beautiful prose in this novel but notnough of a distinct plot to keep my interest in this format This book left me with a strange feeling I have to say I struggled to finish at some point The narration was to Hark! The Herald Angels Scream evasive I would have wanted details and the book would have gained from a first person. Other woman in history She built and grew the Romanovmpire amassed a vast fortune of art and land and controlled an unruly and conniving court Now in a voice both indelible and intimate she reflects on the decisions that gained.