The House of Special Purpose

[The House of Special Purpose]
Year: 
2009
Type: 
Public: 
Publisher: 
Doubleday
Year of publication: 
2009
Pages: 
432
Moral assessment: 
Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
Literary quality: 
Recommendable: 
Transmits values: 
Sexual content: 
Violent content: 
Vulgar or obscene language: 
Ideas that contradict Church teaching: 
The rating of the different categories comes from the opinion of Delibris' collaborators

While accompanying his wife Zoya, who is in the throes of death in a London hospital, Georgi Danilovich Yáchmenev reminisces about the life they have shared for sixty-five years, a life marked by a great secret that has never come to light. Memories flood in a succession of indelible images, starting from that distant day when Georgi left his miserable hometown to join the personal guard of Alexis Romanov, the only son of Tsar Nicholas II.

History and fiction blend seamlessly, resulting in a perfectly crafted narrative. The era and the story carry a strong component of violence, though without morbidities. Furthermore, the conduct of the characters is impeccable.

C.L. (España, 2009)