Friday, May 3, 2013

The House of Special Purpose

Romanovs. Readers who enjoy character-driven historical fiction are those most likely to enjoy John Boyne’s The House of Special Purpose. Boyne structures the novel in a clever way, allowing readers to savor protagonist Georgy Danilovich as he looks back on his life from 1981 at age 80. The timing shifts often both forward and backward as we learn the story of Georgy’s life during the Russian Revolution when he was close to the Romanov family. The core of the novel is a love story between Georgy and his wife, Zoya. Boyne successfully takes periods in history that are well known and enlivens them with the energy of fully developed fictional characters that engage readers to care about what happens to them. Boyne’s writing soars often, and the story he tells is creative and entertaining. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The House of Special Purpose from

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