The autobiography of an exile, at home in many parts of the world, and citizen of the United States provides a conscientious...

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ONE MAN IN HIS TIME

The autobiography of an exile, at home in many parts of the world, and citizen of the United States provides a conscientious recall of Russia's past and presents a life story of uprooted nobility. Here is a view of Russia before 1905, with its Crestianin and princes. Land reforms, the rise of the Bolsheviks, the role of peasants and nobility, the war, revolution and escape to exile are a part of that story. We meet Obolensky as a boy touched by his parents' divorce when he was seven, as an Oxford student, as a member of the Chevalier Guards, as a hunted man and successful escapee. The later years find him in London, where he parted from his Princess Catherine, to marry Alice Actor; in Australia where he sought to put to use his knowledge of agriculture; in New York, where he dealt with real estate, restaurants, hotels. World War II brought service in he OSS. While the evocative title is certainly suited to this passage of events, one regrets that more of the man, behind the memoirs does not appear. Perhaps he is caught behind the dutiful following of events and the careful cataloguing of the socialites and the talented with whom the Prince passed his years. The result is a book of sporadic rather than continuing interest.

Pub Date: Nov. 12, 1958

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: McDowell, Obolensky

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1958