Book Club Kits
by Alexander, Robert
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1. Rasputin's Daughter is a fictional story about actual events. Were you aware of this era in Russian history before reading the novel? For example, the Romanov dynasty, the rebellion against the dynasty, Father Giorgi or his daughter?
2. What did you think about Rasputin? Was he a charlatan or did he have true healing abilities? If he was able to heal, did that obligate him to follow a high moral code?
3. This story suggests that at age 18, Maria is just beginning to recognize her father's faults; his slovenliness and insatiable desires for women and alcohol. She has apparently been living with her father for several years what made her suddenly aware of his deficiencies?
4. This era of Russian history was particularly riddled with social class issues and a great divide between the "haves" and the "have-nots". The royalty viewed Rasputin as a threat, why? The common people viewed Rasputin as a savior, why?
5. Who is Sasha, is he a friend or an enemy? Did he assist in the murder of Rasputin from family obligation or from personal conviction? Did he actually care about Maria or was he manipulating her?
6. Rasputin had sexual trysts with many women. At times he seemed to be pursued by several women, other times he coerced women. How would you define his point-of-view on sex and how it integrates with his religion?
7. Toward the conclusion of the story, Maria realized that she had inherited some of her father's gift of healing. Did she inherit any of his other traits?
8. Robert Alexander's Kitchen Boy was a national bestseller and he has written several mysteries under the pen name R.D. Zimmerman. Have you read any of his other novels? Would you like to read them in the future?