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I initially read the dust jacket on one of my many excursions to the book store and was very excited. What bothered me most? This novel is better than I had any anticipation of it being.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. She must have paused here, expecting, perhaps, to be thrown from the room.

La historiadora

Paul xxxx is drawn into a world where history and myth walk hand in hand. Then there are a number of vampire staples that might turn up normally anyway.

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history Learn more about Amazon Prime. These stand-ins for the vampire are pleasantly unsettling without being accompanied by shrieking violins. I purchased The Historian back inand it has sat on my bookshelf ever since.

You will realize that flowery prose is not good writing. She rarely rises above twittering, and it was never at any junction a book that I devoured.

Why and how these volumes keep turning up is one of the novel’s mysteries an it’s one of Kostova’s rather clever conclusions in her own well-thought out realization of the character of Dracula.

If there were negative stars, I would give them to this book. Yes, it has vampires in it and no, it’s not classified as paranormal.


Well written, interesting perspective on Vlad the Impaler. It gets a limited recommendation from me today, although to be truthful I’m now looking forward to reading through Shebl’s novel elizbeth well, to see how it compares.

Where are the sleepless nights I was promised? You, as an adult, should know better than to buy into this book’s aesthetically pleasing, inconsequential claptrap. See our Returns Policy. It wasn’t completely terrible – many charicterizations are off the charts for their specificity and originality.

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Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The epilogue was a little unsettling, and the final resolution of the story seems comical when I think about it now, but it was elizabeh fitting and totally acceptable in the framework of the story.

I’ll try to make a list of my top issues: The author is completely incapable of creating realistic, breathing characters that are different from each other. Am I really supposed to believe that elizabety character would write e,izabeth letter hundreds of pages long?

I don’t know why this bothered me so much, but kosfova did. The reader is treated to many vicarious meals as the characters hopscotch around the globe. Quotes from The Historian. 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. Now I have read a number of great books that use the format of letter writing to convey the plot.

The Historian

Paul eventually leaves his daughter to embark on some unfinished business; the daughter, needless to say, pursues him. It has the feel of a research paper, but an intriguing research paper. Which brings me to my final big gripe I’ve leaving the small ones out The book is about vampires.


Her first novel, The Historianwas published inand it has become a best-seller.

However, the aesthetics of The Historian lead to confusion. I enjoyed the polished, almost Victorian prose, which seemed in character with the setting of the book, though of course not all modern readers enjoy such a detached koatova.

For a first novel, it is outstanding. That is why I throw my caution out there.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

This was just too much history and geography and not enough action for me. I finished it thinking Around the Year i Evil and terrible as he was, the Romanians actually a This book reminded me of the DaVinci code in some ways, but was much more interesting and better written. Some are being told by the “daughter” charachter. Elizabeth Kostova sure knows storytelling and did a terrific job interweaving the search for Dracula The Impaler and Eastern European history.

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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 f To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history