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Το πρώτο μέρος ενός μυθιστορήματος-ποταμός στη Ρωσία του 19ου και 20ού αιώνα, με φόντο τους Ναπολεόντειους πολέμους, τον Κριμαϊκό αλλά και τον Πρώτο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο και τη Ρωσική επανάσταση. Μόνη κι απροστάτευτη στο Παρίσι, ενώ ο Ναπολέων ετοιμάζει τη Γαλλία για πόλεμο, η νεαρή Αγγλίδα Αν Πίτερς αποφασίζει, μην έχοντας άλλη επιλογή, ν’ ακολουθήσει στη Ρωσία τον γοητευτικόΤο πρώτο μέρος ενός μυθιστορήματος-ποταμός στη Ρωσία του 19ου και 20ού αιώνα, με φόντο τους Ναπολεόντειους πολέμους, τον Κριμαϊκό αλλά και τον Πρώτο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο και τη Ρωσική επανάσταση. Μόνη κι απροστάτευτη στο Παρίσι, ενώ ο Ναπολέων ετοιμάζει τη Γαλλία για πόλεμο, η νεαρή Αγγλίδα Αν Πίτερς αποφασίζει, μην έχοντας άλλη επιλογή, ν’ ακολουθήσει στη Ρωσία τον γοητευτικό κόμη Κίροφ, όταν εκείνος της προτείνει να γίνει γκουβερνάντα των παιδιών του.Η ζωή της θα κυλήσει ανάμεσα στην ειδυλλιακή ρωσική ύπαιθρο και στ' αστραφτερά σαλόνια τής Αγίας Πετρούπολης, και θα την οδηγήσει στη μεταμόρφωσή της από Αν Πίτερς σε Άννα Πετρόβνα.Καθώς όμως ο Ναπολέων μαζεύει το στρατό του για την τελική επίθεση εναντίον της αυτοκρατορικής Ρωσίας, η ωραία Αγγλίδα Άννα ετοιμάζεται για τη δική της μάχη - να υπερασπιστεί την αγάπη της για έναν άντρα και μια χώρα που δεν δικαιούται να θεωρεί δικά της....

Title : Αννα
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ISBN : 9789604104598
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 617 Pages
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Αννα Reviews

  • Anna
    2018-10-08 02:01

    I really enjoyed this. It’s a proper old fashioned saga that sweeps you into another world, another era. When English governess Anne meets Russian Count Kirov it’s a meeting of minds. She goes to work for him, and of course, falls in love with him. Despite him being married to the beautiful but bland Irina, Anna (as she’s now called) and the Count share some swoonably tender moments, until family loyalties step in and Anna flees to start a new life... Set against the dramatic and dangerous backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, culminating in his invasion of Russia, this book has everything a saga needs: love, war, death, betrayal, heartache, hope and a cantankerous matriarch. The romance is gorgeous, the war is harrowing, and everything else in between transports you back to 1800s Russia, from tzars, diamonds and balls to peasants, wild mountains and a Tartar prince.I've already got the second in this trilogy Fleur on order; can't wait!

  • Misfit
    2018-10-06 23:53

    Anna is the first in a trilogy commonly referred to as The Kirov Saga and is the story of Anne Peters, an Englishwoman forced by circumstances after her father's death to take employment as a governess. Her latest position takes her to Paris in 1803, where she meets Count Nikolai Kirov, a Russian diplomat who was a friend of her father. Her employers take umbrage at this friendship and she leaves their employ and finds herself stranded in Paris, that is until Nikolai offers her a position in Russia as governess to his children in St. Petersburg. Once there, Anne (now called Anna Petrovna), settles in and comes to love the children, but she also secretly loves the very much married Nikolai - and could it be that he loves her as well? Unable to keep her passion for Nikolai hidden, Anne finally makes a break from the Kirovs and begins a new life in Moscow, but she soon finds that great wealth doesn't always buy happiness. Nikolai eventually returns from Paris and returns to Anna's life, although Napoleon's invasion of Russia definitely throws a kink into any happiness our pair of lovers might hope to find... This is one of those books that is too complicated to to put into summary and you don't want me to spoil it for you anyway. Anne's story takes her from St. Petersburg, to a nail-biting search for a lost child high in the Caucasus Mountains (oh, that Cossack prince of hers), to Napoleon's invasions of Moscow ending with a harrowing view of the French army's retreat from Russia as they search for Nikolai's run-away daughter. I really enjoyed how the author set her scenes, everything came to life and I felt like I was in another century (which is exactly where I want a book to take me to). Since Anne is a governess much of the first half of the book involves her day-to-day life and interactions with the Kirovs and their children, so if you need a heroine dodging silver bullets and leaping tall buildings with a single bound this might not be the book for you, but if you like your sagas big and fat with a heavy dose of soap opera I'd definitely consider giving this one a whirl. The final two books in the trilogy are Fleur and Emily and I've already placed my hold at the library for book #2. 4/5 stars.

  • Kate Quinn
    2018-10-15 20:38

    Anyone looking to find out more about Russia and its history should start with Cynthia Harrod-Eagles's excellent Kirov trilogy. "Anna" is the first and best of them, bringing this huge land of contradictions to vivid life. Anne Peters is an English governess who finds herself stranded in France when the Napoleonic Wars begin. A Russian diplomat named Count Kirov brings Anne to Russia to save her from prison, and Anne finds herself governess to his two daughters and irrevocably in love with the Count. The real magic of this book comes in Anne's exploration of Russia, from the palaces of St. Petersburg to the wild mountains of the Caucasus. Napoleon's invasion of Russia forms the central conflict, but there is time for smaller and more personal drama: the Count's little girl who rides off into the hills in search of a mystical vision and suffers horrifying consequences, the savage tribal chief who keeps a pet tiger in his house and proposes marriage to Anne, and Anne's unshakable love for the Count. This is a book to make a Russophile out of any reader.

  • Adele
    2018-09-18 01:02

    I first read Anna as a thirteen year old, when I borrowed it from my Grandma's bookshelf where I think it was part of a chunky Reader's Digest anthology (as well as a voracious reader my Grandma couldn't walk past a charity shop / car boot / school fete without stuffing a poly bag full of books). Anna was my first real introduction to Russia, with the story travelling through the mysterious, magical country from St Petersburg, Moscow to the Caucasus Mountains. A world away from my bedroom in Edinburgh.This book is an epic historical novel set during the Napoleonic War. Our protagonist, Anna, is a prim and proper English Governess, but not such a straight peg that she doesn't harbour a crush on Count Kirov, the dazzling diplomat who whisked Anna to Russia to teach his children after she lost her previous job in Paris.The story spans 1803-1811 and gives the reader an insight into Russian life against the backdrop of war. It isn't perfect, as some of the characterisation is flat (Anna sometimes shows Mary Sue-esque tendencies) but the story is thrilling and it'll make you shed a tear or two. The ideal book to while away a rainy day.

  • Vaso
    2018-10-07 20:45

    Διάβασα το συγκεκριμμένο βιβλίο όταν πρωτοεκδόθηκε στη χώρα μας. Θυμάμαι, ότι οι περιγραφές ήταν λεπτομερείς και γλαφυρές και σε μετέφεραν στην εποχή που διαδραματιζόταν το βιβλίο.

  • Aria B.Countess22
    2018-10-18 02:06

    I think the review of Publishers Weekly tells the whole story...Behooold!!! :DIn this vast yet meticulously detailed historical romance, veteran British author Harrod-Eagles sets young English governess Anne Peters at the center of shifting and cataclysmic events occuring in Russia between 1803 and 1812. Dismissed by her stuffy English employers because of a social blunder, the outspoken Anne is hired by Count Nikolai Kirov, an adviser to the czar, to educate his two lively daughters, Yelena, nine, and Natasha, two. Warmly received in the count's diverse Petersburg household--which includes his ineffectual wife, Irina; his vitriolic mother, Vera; and a host of ebullient relatives--Anne, now called Anna Petrovna, predictably, falls in love with the count, whose response is guarded. Against the somber background of the Napoleonic wars and ominous portents that the French emperor has designs on Russia, tensions within the Kirov household increase. Anna leaves and marries unwisely, leading a hollow existence as the wife of a wealthy, dissolute nobleman. Although the plot is fairly formulaic and much of the cast outrageously stereotyped--there are only devoted servants, contented serfs, happy peasants--the entanglements nevertheless intrigue. Readers may look forward to the projected sequel.

  • Rebecca Huston
    2018-10-13 23:56

    A good, solid four star read set in Paris and Russia during the Napoleonic wars. Anne is a heroine who's pragmatic, but not so prim that she doesn't fall in love with a very unsuitable man -- for one, he's married, and two, she's the governess to his children. Both Nicholai and Anna have plenty of faults and make plenty of mistakes, and it takes some years before there's a lasting chance for them both. I like it when an author is gutsy enough to do that. Too, she isn't afraid of character death either -- one of them is utterly devastating.

  • Theresa
    2018-09-20 21:51

    3.5 starsThis was the first novel I have read by Cynthia Harrod Eagles. I was enthralled with the story throughout the first two thirds of “Anna”; the descriptions of 19th century life in Russia were so poetic and imaginative! The author describes the vastness of this land and its many varied peoples and customs in such an inviting way, it truly makes one grieve for the changes that subsequent political upheaval brought to this land and peoples.Anna is an English gentlewoman who, upon the death of her father, falls upon necessary employment as a governess. Life as a governess however, is not 'a bowl full of cherries.' Dismayed by the harsh treatment of an employer who has no qualms about taking advantage of Anna, she is finally rescued by a Russian nobleman who subsequently engages her to teach his own children. Gifted from her father’s teaching to speak more than one language, she is able to make the huge adjustment in cultures as her adventures take her to Russia and society in the early 1800’s. However, war and Napoleon’s armies are looming on the horizon, and as Anna finds herself falling in love with her employer, she has some decisions to make that will have lifelong repercussions not just for her, but for her employer’s family.This is quite a lengthy novel and a big time investment, but I was not dismayed by the length as the author does have a talent to keep the reader’s interest! The descriptions themselves are lyrical and the reader feels themselves ‘'right there’ along with the characters:“Beyond the Steppes the country changed again. It was as if the flat grasslands had been crumpled up like bedclothes into a series of gentle rolling foothills. The tracks were dusty, the blue sky windless, and the heat at noon was oppressive, and made the horses sweat, so that at the end of the day their coats were matted and pale with dust. There began to be trees again, oaks and maples, and the strange feathery grasses of the dry lands, giant thistles and poppies, bellflowers and yellow mullein, and sometimes patches of marsh sewn with reeds. The cicadas sang all day long; there were vultures with hideous bare necks perched unnervingly near the track; and sometimes a pelican flew over from the Sea of Azov."Other reviewers have compared the plot of “Anna” to "Jane Eyre"; I found it more comparative to "Anna Karenina". However there is a huge difference with how the writers tie up the dilemmas in the characters’ lives. For Anna Karenina, there is a much more openly obvious consequence to her choice. In this first book of the Kirov series, the reader is hard put (at first), to find a consequence for marital infidelity. At first, it seems to be justified for the reader, although the situation within one marriage is shown to be already compromised. And so for the reader, the dilemma presents itself; when one member of a couple has already proven unfaithful, does that justify a decision to, in turn, commit adultery? Personal happiness in this book seems to be upheld regardless of any of society’s mores, and ‘being sinned against’ justifies infidelity. (However, later in the story, there is a consequence of the choice made that results in a family estrangement, and to give the author credit, it is possible that this was her purpose in writing; to show that there *are* lasting consequences in our life decisions. The tragedy of this story (as it so often does happen in real life), is that had these two only waited for a bit, as events played out in their lives and the tragedy of war interferes, they would have gotten what they wanted after all. A subtle lesson for the reader!)However, I do find a difference between my all-time favorite writer (Elizabeth Goudge), and this novel. Goudge never ‘pretends’ that life is easy or that marriages are always completely fulfilling and happy (in fact I am unsure whether there is one happy marriage in her novels!) However there is an unequivocal, strong moral foundation in her books. Although the characters agonize whether personal happiness is worth the price of compromising the marriage vows (are ‘in sickness or in health, til death do us part’ really just empty words?), they ultimately find true satisfaction in ‘doing the right thing.’ Goudge’s characters, although their struggles are real and obvious, seem to be ‘stronger’ in their moral fiber (and I wonder if this is the trait that is missing in much of our contemporary literature; the ‘black and white’ of choice, has become meshed and now become ‘grey’.)A reviewer, I suppose, is not supposed to ‘moralize.' However, as we call to mind our love of literature and the classics, we find we are most moved by those characters who are either openly ‘evil’ (and we are shocked by it), or admire those who stand fast for goodness and truth. (The very fact that good and evil exist is a moral truth!) We enjoy Dickens and Trollope because they never ‘whitewash’ their characters but rather paint the human personality with all of its foibles, just as it is. Sometimes there is hope for change, and personally I feel that is where the best of literature comes in; when there is a redemption for the characters and hope for a different outcome than the consequence of evil.“Poor Anna,” Sergei said tenderly. ‘I’m so used to your being here, that I forget Russia isn’t your home too.’“I forget it, most of the time,’ she said. ‘It’s just occasionally ... Things are so very different here. And there’s so much of everything, that sometimes I feel overwhelmed.’She saw that he didn’t understand her – and indeed, how could he? He had never been to England, and if he had, he would have felt, like the Count, confined by the smallness. Only someone born there could understand that a place might be larger on the inside than on the outside; that to be encircled by a closed horizon could give one more freedom than to stand in the middle of a vast and featureless plain.It was a little, she thought, like the freedom of religion, the power and scope that was granted to one by virtue of belonging to God; the atheist might think he was free, but the very emptiness of his life was a prison. She thought of the Second Collect for Peace, ‘...whose service is perfect freedom.”(I find I am always surprised when a reviewer will write that a reference to God or morality or even the Christian message of the Gospel is ‘offensive’ to them. I have a hard time understanding how a Savior who has given His own life so that mankind can have real hope for his personal failures can be offensive? I do not mean to bring up a debate, but we as we see how literature over the years has ‘progressed’ I must admit that of those who wrote the classics, many at least admitted (or referred to, however subtly), to the existence of a Creator, and I doubt whether He was portrayed purposely to ‘bring offence’ to the reader.)I enjoyed this novel but I do wish the author had given the reader a story that showed more of the triumph of the human spirit over circumstances, rather than the dark consequences of war and human nature. There is a LOT of history especially in the last third of the book with the European conflict and battles, negotiations, governmental figures and cabinets, and the author has obviously meticulously done her research. When the reader finally does see the results of Anna and Count Kirov’s choices, a good question to ask might be, "what price are we willing to pay for personal happiness? should our own happiness be the ultimate goal of our lives, or is there a higher purpose and satisfaction to be found in putting others before ourselves?”Do I recommend this book? Yes, with some cautions. The reader will enjoy the story and be caught up in all the romance of the period, the descriptions of the banquets, the attention paid to the conventions and structure in society, the ‘White Nights', the food and dancing, the countryside scenery and opulent mansions, and feel with the characters themselves the tragedy and pathos that war brings to human existence. But be warned also that there are, although not numerous, some scenes (especially one or two that come to mind) that might give you more than you bargained for.

  • Katherine Gypson
    2018-09-24 22:45

    This title has caught my eye countless times on library shelves. The cover has a kind of early-1990s grand historical romance saga look that both put me off and drew me in. Finally, desperate for historical fiction set in Russia (why are there so few titles?), I picked this one up and gave it a shot. I'm mostly glad I did. At 631 pages, I got through Anna in about a week so it represented a fairly serious investment of reading time. The book is divided into three parts, set in 1803, 1807 and 1811. The first two parts are the strongest as they give the reader the opportunity to discover Russia through the eyes of English governess Anna and experience first-hand the impact Napoleon had on Russia in the early 19th century. The first part strongly reminded me of Jane Eyre and the novels of Jane Austen through its use of language and custom and the plot-line of an impoverished governess falling for her older employer. The second part read quite quickly due to its gorgeous scenes detailing life in the Caucasus region. Unfortunately, the end of the second part finds the characters making choices that seem forced for the sake of the plot and the third part contains some very obvious plot twists combined with a dragging pace that unfortunately coincides with Napoleon's invasion of Russia - an event that could have been used for maximum dramatic impact. The writing style is straight-forward and very noticeably not from this current period of historical fiction. I don't think many authors could get away with the level of detail and description that Harrod-Eagles includes here. I tend to appreciate a deeper level of detail in historical novels but some readers may find it off-putting. The main character Anna is relatable during the first two parts before her character changes almost instantly in the third part of the book. Count Kirov, the main male lead, is believable and his presence allows Harrod-Eagles to include an interesting military/diplomatic angle on the Napoleonic Wars. Almost all of the characters in the novel tend to suffer from a slightly stale, generic stereotyped feeling. But all in all, I enjoyed the sense of sinking into a large novel that fully immersed me in a new world.

  • Andrea
    2018-09-21 22:46

    If you like historical fiction, this book is a fantastic read. I learned more about Napolean's invasion of Russia here (and found it much more interesting!) than any high school history lesson. I can't wait to read the second one.

  • Anneta
    2018-10-01 18:36

    It was a promising book that ended up in a boring and indifferent way.I felt like the second part of the book was written by a different writer.I loved her writing at the first part of the book,the descriptions of life in Russia,Anne's feelings and her struggle to survive in a foreign land.I was very enthusiastic and couldn't wait to finish it off.The second part,after Anne and the Count got together,something changed in the tone of writing,i suddenly lost interest in the plot.I somehow expected this love story to thrill me but in the contrary i felt bored.It felt like the whole world of Kirov was Anne and only Anne.He never even grieved for his wife's and his children's loss from the heart.I also think that Anne never gained a bond with her own daughter,Rose,let alone with Kirov's kids.Now i understand what is the major problem of this book,i saw no passion or pathos at all.It was a nicely written book,on the whole but it somehow didn't manage to win me over because it so much lacks of real emotion and,give me a break,Harrod-Eagles didn't even get close to understand the soul of the Russian nation.I mean if you compare this piece of literature with Tolstoy or Dostoyevski,you immidiately realise this can't be a persuassive description of real Russia,just my point!

  • Korey
    2018-10-06 22:52

    This is a sprawling, slowly paced book which is both its strength and its weakness. I was totally riveted by the first half of this book and loved that Harrod-Eagles was spending so much time establishing her characters and describing their surroundings so vividly and so beautifully. However, I must confess a gradual feeling of impatience grew within me as the book progressed to the point where I found the last third or so quite tedious. There can be a thin line between a deliberately paced, appropriately detailed story and a dull, meandering one and this book drifted from the former to the latter eventually.On the whole I'm glad I read this. At its best it was great and even when it became a slog I never completely lost interest in the characters and their fates. Trimmed down to say 450 pages instead of 630 this book would have been dynamite. As it is, it is bloated but still good.

  • Marina
    2018-10-10 20:42

    I was looking for a romance similar to The Bronze Horseman when someone suggested Anna by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. Safe to say this is not TBH material. I enjoyed the book up until de middle, the rest of it is a total waste of my time.What I liked: The historical setting, the infos on the russian life style prior to the communist revolution.What i did not like: The characters and the main couple. No chemistry there at all.Guess my search for the next Bronze Horseman continues...

  • Sarah Wagner
    2018-09-21 01:06

    An epic historical novel set in the early nineteenth century and culminating with Napoleon's invasion of Russia. When Anne Peters, an English governess, finds herself suddenly without employment and stranded in Paris, she encounters the intriguing Russian Count Kirov, who offers her a position in his household. Anne finds herself attracted to her new employer, but she represses her true feelings for years, but eventually the passions of the characters come to the surface, with consequences for all concerned. An excellent historical novel, recommended to historical fiction fans, especially those with an interest in Russia or the Napoleonic Wars.

  • Barbara Came
    2018-09-22 22:02

    Loved it! The setting, the etiquette in that time period, the morals they lived by, the way they spoke to each other and simply everything! There is quite a lot of description of landscapes and the various tribes in the Caucasus Region, how they lived and decorated their homes. in fact lots and lots of descriptions of homes and the changing landscapes and of course Napoleon and the war. But the author's grasp of human character and the way she describes it is amazing and really detailed. So enjoyed this book that towards the end I could not put it down and sat reading while we were on holiday at a family lunch! Now I have the next two on my Kobo and cannot wait to get started!

  • K.l.
    2018-10-01 20:56

    I always enjoy Cynthia Harrod Eagles work, and this was no exception. A really interesting look at the Napoleonic Wars from the Russian point of view, and it was a rather unique outlook on the Russian lifestyle during that period. A lot more glam than one would think. Anna was a great heroine, and the Kirov family were lovely as a whole, despite some rather esoteric moments that didn't quite fit in. Do wish her families would get on better though...

  • Angie
    2018-10-02 17:36

    I read this 20 years ago and liked it. So I thought I would read it again. I really enjoyed all the history of it. Course doing my high schoolers history for him helped me understand Napolean and Russia's war better. So reading the book I knew how that part would play out. :) I would reccomend this book if you like history and romance. It takes place from 1800 to 1813 when Napolean was defeated.

  • Nancy
    2018-09-18 00:51

    I read this series of three books after I read I, Victoria. It was good historical fiction that takes place in Russia, and follows a family over several generations. I think I would have rated it 3 1/2, if that were an option.

  • Christine
    2018-10-07 17:36

    I remember reading this when I was a teen. It was part of a Reader's Digest condensed book. Russia made romantic and beautiful and epic. It reminds you of Anna and the King, Anastasia and Jane Eyre all combined into one glorious romantic, angsty novel.

  • Dawn (& Ron)
    2018-09-27 22:46

    Blame this one on Rebecca and Misfit. Oh, the Napoleonic wars and Russian setting, along with the tease of learning a character dies deserve some blame too.

  • Belle
    2018-10-14 17:47

    Excellent !

  • CLM
    2018-10-04 17:40

    Historical fiction set in 19th century Russia (first in a trilogy). Suitable reading for winter!

  • Jitka Bernardová
    2018-10-15 23:06

  • Alison
    2018-09-17 00:45

    req from other library. first in series

  • Margareth8537
    2018-09-27 23:59

    Got on better with this than the Morland Dynasty which seems to have gone on forever. Mind, this looks set for a run!

  • Allie Rozewski
    2018-09-28 18:51

    :) It's a good, quick, fun read. I love historical Novels so it was a nice read, I'd make a bigger review, but right now I'm watching the final battle in the "Last Samurai" and it's not happening.

  • Dora
    2018-09-22 23:37

    4.5 astraειναι δύσκολο να δεχτει κανείς ότι για να φάει κατι νόστιμο πρέπει να σκοτώσει κατι όμορφο

  • Marcia
    2018-09-20 22:55

    Big book, but I loved it.

  • Suzanne
    2018-09-27 22:04

    Another enjoyable read from C.H-E!

  • Evmorfea Morfoula
    2018-09-26 23:02

    Where can I find this book???