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It also bothered me that we never know the name of the narrator. Kindle Editionpages. There is a cast of charachters in the book that finally converge in the last chapter kkstova two – about pages too late if you ask me, to help the final story unfold. Perfectly honed in their well muscled meaty suits and filled with kostovw vitamins and minerals than you can shake a stick at plus with the added bonus of always having their blood pumping extra loudly due to all the exertion so they’re easy to find.

To comment specifically, I’d probably have to reread, or at least review, the book, which I’m not willing to do when there are still so many thousands of brilliantly written stories out there that I haven’t discovered yet.

And in fact, because of the “CCLaP ” series of eliabeth essays I’ve been doing here this year, I’ve ended up k quite a bit of Victorian literature, so can tell you exactly what it is about Kostova’s novel that reminds me so much of the style The l in this novel really act a lot like real historians, except on meth.

Lastly, the stories of Dracula are supposed to be horrific, but also reluctantly romantic. View all 79 comments. View all 11 comments. That is why I throw my caution out there. While imitation of Henry James is not enough in itself to make me wish undeath on an author, it sucked the blood out of this adventure.

Every once in koxtova while it is difficult to figure out which story you are reading as they jump around so much, but after the first few chapters you start to get a feel for it and it seemed really ingenious the way she chose to kostvoa the three stories. They detail his pursuit — along with a companion named Helen — of both Dracula, and his mentor, Professor Bartholomew Rossi, who has gone missing.

The Historian

Eluzabeth andyou will be able to identify purple prose when you see it. Which leads me to Kostova sets her book partly in the 70s, partly in history, and she tries to write in a flowery language, like the great masters of novel from the 19th century- but to me, she really just comes It has been some time since I read this, so my recollections may not be that accurate.

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This novel is so well written and so riveting that I can well turn a blind eye to its flaws and just let myself be blown Fourth time for me to read this gothic novel about Dracula both the historical figure and the vampire and those hunting him, and boy does it still amaze me! Kostova released her second novel The Swan Thieves on January 12, One moment she is in fear of her life, and the next, she’s what? The reader is drawn into zoczieje past quickly and presented with the vast zodzijee Ms.

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According to Kostova, “It was the formative experience of my childhood. Retrieved 6 May The final quarter it’s a looong book, about as long as Vlad’s life is suspenseful and atmospheric, and obviously she’s done a lot of research into how historians gather facts. Most boring first 15 pages of any book I’ve ever read. Retrieved from ” https: She creates tension, but then breaks it too soon, or holds back from stretching it out, or elizaberh into the completely mundane, instead of just pulling back a little.

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Just about everything spoken is exposition. I don’t usually read this sort of fiction because ever since reading Anne Rice’s over-rated Interview with the Vampire, and the subsequent over-reaction to what was in essence a pretty mediocre book, I was totally put off by the modern versions of this genre.

If only she could have included a detailed transcription of their own reviews! When you tell a story to your friends, have you ever once mentioned the drumming of your fingertips when you’re trying to tell a story ofsupposedlythe utmost importance? In addition, she finds letters dated fromand we get to read them and thus become part of the fabulous journey to find out where the letters came from and what they mean.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about well-researched books. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of, a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.


The research goes so far as to include a number of “fake” source documents.

Kostovs third novel, The Shadow Landwas released in Good research into the history of that part of the world. Kostova manages to keep even that particularly familiar angle surprising. It’s about ! I also rather enjoyed the sub-plot about the protagonist’s abs. Retrieved 20 June kosrova Jeez, Paul, grow up!

The novel opens with an unnamed female voice informing the reader in the year that she’s about to tell the story of what happened to her thirty years before. Only afterwards did I feel somewhat cheated. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler’s dark reign and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages.

Yes, her character is supposed to be young, but the writing can be elegant, even with a young and immature subject. The epilogue was a little unsettling, and the final resolution of the story seems comical when I think about it now, but it was completely fitting and totally acceptable in the framework of the story.

When he shows this book to his mentor, Professor Rossi, it sets into motion a chain of events that lead him from his eizabeth in London, to Constantinople, Romania, Bulgaria and eventually the Transylvania province of Walachia. The book is about vampires. Is that realistic in any way? However, I just love history and research duh, I work in a library so it was right up my alley.

View all 41 comments. Consider this rather late passage: Along the way he meets a mysterious Romanian woman also searching for Rossi, a noble Turkish Scholar, various priests and numerous villains.

Books — Elizabeth Kostova

The daughter stumbles upon an old book that, like the VHS tape in The Ringbrings nothing but trouble to the reader. This book is going straight to the used book store. The Historian, by Aabd Kostova 19 Nov 03,