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  • ISBN: 0586020888
  • Author: Colin Wilson
  • Genre: No category
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; First Thus edition (November 24, 1977)
  • Pages: 256 pages
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Colin Wilson was a fantastic and prolific writer.

Colin Wilson was a fantastic and prolific writer. This is exhibited gamely in Rasputin and the Fall of the Romanovs, which covers the life and death of Grigori Rasputin as well as his sundry relationships with a variety of people, for example the Tsar and Tsarina, various courtly and political personalities and his own family. Rasputin most certainly had his faults; he was by no means a Saint.

However, Colin Wilson's attempts are terrible and reading this book made me feel more distaste for Rasputi This book .

However, Colin Wilson's attempts are terrible and reading this book made me feel more distaste for Rasputi This book made me feel dirty while reading it. I understand writing about Russian history can be difficult, particularly when it comes to the end of the era of the Romanovs and the early twentieth century revolutions. At many times, Wilson also drifts off the topic of Rasputin and the Romanovs, and waxes on about American history and psychological studies- sometimes for more than three quarters of a chapter. Lastly, he mispells many names (Maria Rasputin's name the second time he mentions it, for instance!) and many of his claims contain no historical backing.

However, Colin Wilson's attempts are terrible and reading this book made me feel more distaste for Rasputin, not less, This book .

However, Colin Wilson's attempts are terrible and reading this book made me feel more distaste for Rasputin, not less, This book made me feel dirty while reading it.

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Rasputin and the fall of the romanovs an. Encyclopedia of murder (with pat pitman). Eagle and earwig (essays on books and authors). Contact the publisher for information: Monkfish Book Publishing Company 22 Market Street. Printed in the United States of America. Book and cover design by Georgia Dent.

One of the better Rasputin books (details). com User, July 21, 2009. Few authors and/or historians have anything good to say about Rasputin, chiefly painting him as a demon incarnate. Rasputin was indeed a scoundrel, a charlatan, and inadvertently helped to bring about a tragic doom for the Romanov dynasty; however, he did (for his own reasons) intermittently help certain people for whom all hope seemed to be lost.

Autres éditions - Tout afficher. Informations bibliographiques. Rasputin and the Fall of the Romanovs. Rasputin and the Fall of the Romanovs Colin Wilson Affichage d'extraits - 1964. Expressions et termes fréquents.

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Shou
Colin Wilson was a fantastic and prolific writer. This is exhibited gamely in Rasputin and the Fall of the Romanovs, which covers the life and death of Grigori Rasputin as well as his sundry relationships with a variety of people, for example the Tsar and Tsarina, various courtly and political personalities and his own family.

Rasputin most certainly had his faults; he was by no means a Saint. Yet he was also an entirely authentic mystic with a true heart for spirituality. While perhaps "sinful" in some clear ways, he was also quite exalted in others, and this biography covers all of these with a deft and articulate hand.

Very highly recommended.
Marg
Few authors and/or historians have anything good to say about Rasputin, chiefly painting him as a demon incarnate. Rasputin was indeed a scoundrel, a charlatan, and inadvertently helped to bring about a tragic doom for the Romanov dynasty; however, he did (for his own reasons) intermittently help certain people for whom all hope seemed to be lost. Author/Historian Colin Wilson raises these more positive points in this 1964 240-page book.

One of the big problems with Rasputin books has been that about half of these authors bear some agenda, either for or against Rasputin. A clear example would be one which was written by Rasputin's daughter: Rasputin: The Man Behind the Myth. Yet another was written by the nobleman who actually murdered Rasputin: Rasputin: His Malignant Influence and His Assassination. It's clearly an objective of Yussupov's book to justify his actions in killing the infamous monk.

While Wilson's book is pretty good, he relies heavily on an early work which I (and many others) consider to be the definitive Rasputin book: Rasputin the Holy Devil, first published in 1927. It's equally clear that most other credible Rasputin books have also gleaned liberally from René Fülöp-Miller.

As Wilson points out, Rasputin was viewed differently by assorted people. To many of the poor he was a gifted saint. To the members of the Russian Duma he was anathema. To the Tsarina Alexandra he was sent to her family by God.

The latter idea emerged from the young Tsarevitch's (Alexis Romanov, heir to the throne) near death episodes from hemophilia, a disease which he inherited from his Great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. The Tsarina would call in Rasputin at times when the Tsarevich was near death and the Monk would "heal" the lad, seemingly through religious powers that he possessed.

Rasputin's other side was rampant debauchery. While he avoided vodka, he caroused incessantly under the influence of wine, raped any number of women, never bathed, and so on. The monk's philosophy was essentially this, according to Wilson [paraphrasing]: Vanity and pride being sins in the eyes of God, what better way to vanquish these personal traits (especially in women) than through defilement and debasement [rape]?

In the end, it became clear to thinking Russians that Rasputin would have to go, given his great influence with the Tsar and the Tsarina. Russia was being ripped apart by World War I, the masses were starving, and Rasputin was indirectly in control of the government. A conspiracy was ultimately formulated involving Prince Felix Yussupov (the Tsar's nephew) as the point man, and who at last murdered Rasputin first by poisoning him, then by shooting him, and then by drowning him to finish the job.

Wilson is quick to point out factual mistakes of other authors but his own book is a little flawed in places as well. For example, he mentions that the Tsar's daughter, Anastasia Romanov, somehow escaped the family's mass murder by the Bolsheviks which we now know is not true -- she died with her family.

But such glitches were common in books written prior to the fall of the Soviet Union when access to historical records and eyewitnesses, particularly involving the sensitive Romanov files, were totally off limits. And Wilson's account is independent and pretty much free of agendas.

If I were particularly in search of a book on Rasputin that was both factual and provided the social and political backdrop in which Rasputin operated, I'd go with Nicholas and Alexandra which reads like an epic novel. Still, if you have acquired Wilson's book, you'll get a good sense of the many facets of Grigory Efimovich Rasputin, the so-called "Mad Monk."

Recommended.
Nakora
Colin Wilson takes a good look at one of the most reviled and mis-understood people of the 20th century from the perspective of a historian, philosopher and psychologist. Far from being an illiterate drunk, Wilson shows us a man of great talent and sincere faith, generous and trusting to a fault (and thus easy to assassinate), who could size up people and situations in an instant. He also makes a valiant attempt to explain Rasputin's powers over the ailing Czarevitch, and the nature of his relationship with the Romanovs. When I finished reading this book I couldn't help but view Rasputin, in spite of all his faults, as an innocent victim of the revolutionary furvor gripping the country at the time.
Hanelynai
Before our age of ICE high horse feathers hacking, Russians made wild accusations of fetish ritual hypnosis.
Orll
Very Good Book.
Bundis
I'm sorry it took me so long to get around to reading this book, which is undoubtedly a major work in Colin Wilson's repertoire; published in 1964. Russian literature, politics and history illuminate the complexities of this informative book that manages to be entertaining, without falling prey to sensationalism. Much of what has been written about Rasputin came from his enemies seeking to exploit wild, absurd rumors about his magical hold over the Czar. Wilson gazes beyond the mythology of Rasputin and shows us the person behind the myth: the rather clueless peasant, the healer, the madman and the mystic.
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