No name (second) series: the Tsar's window.
The basis of all novels is, more or less, love. Of course that is the principal subject of this story, and an extremely pretty love tale it is, with an excellent plot and some interesting characters well drawn. Incidental to the story are introduced some excellent descriptions, not only of Russia's two great cities, St. Petersburg and Moscow, as they appear to any observer, but of Russian society and its peculiar features. It is really a book of valuable instruction in this respect, and the instruction is made highly interesting.Post.
The pretty story of ‘The Tsar's Window’ is told by some happy and fortunate person who has travelled in Russia under advantageous circumstances, and who saw the rosy side of imperialism; not without reflecting upon the other side, however, for with the true American spirit the author comments upon such things as feasts at the palace, of which the splendor is almost indescribable, and of the plague beyond the Volga, where whole villages had to be burned to the ground, together with the clothing of the peasants. The descriptions of St. Petersburg sights and people are bright and pleasing, and there is much that can be gleaned of the domestic life of the nobility by reading this little volume.Brooklyn Eagle.
The Tsar's window is the city of St. Petersburg, whence Peter the Great looked out into Europe over the icy waters of the Baltic. Into the frozen city this little volume brings a group of Americans, whose visit to the Russian count, their relative, is diversified by much coquetry, love-making, sight-seeing, and going to Court. If there be something of the guide-book about the story, it is assuredly glorified guide-book. The descriptions are neat, vivid, sharply drawn as a line engraving. The charm of the book is in its descriptions of the city ( St. Petersburg ) and of court ceremonial,says the New York Tribune.
They are charmingly disinterested men, suffering just enough to be interesting, and to give the needed shadows to the bright and prosperous life in which they lived so easily and pleasantly. The love affairs all end satisfactorily; the visit in St. Petersburg was rich in incident, novelty, color, and amusement; the reader looks in at the Tsar's window with the author, and sees just what she wishes him to see; and her story of Russian life and Russian love will probably be very popular.Boston Advertiser.
The romance is more the framework for the descriptive portions than the theme of absorbing interest, but it helps to make the picture of the Russian capital more enjoyable, and impresses the events in social and domestic circles pleasantly on the memory. ‘The Tsar's Window’ is agreeable without being exciting, and will be found an entertaining companion for leisure hours, the circle it introduces being one of marked refinement and social culture.Providence Journal.
In one volume, 16mo, green cloth. Price, $1.00. Our publications are to be found in all bookstores, or will be mailed, post-paid, on receipt of price, by the publishers, Roberts Brothers, Boston.
It is a story of to-day; that is, of travel, foreign residence, exciting adventure, personal experiences in Russia, an imperial wedding at the court of the late czar, and, as a suitable wind-up, a love match at the end. Evidently life in Russia, as presented here, has been written by one who draws upon his experience and not upon his imagination or the guide-books.Exchange.