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An encounter with an evil and mysterious stranger makes elizabbeth decide that it’s a research topic that he should drop. Histofiadora recommend it more for updating your TripAdvisor as opposed to reading it for the fiction. While most of the book is in letter form — with speech quotes framing just about every sentence — Kostova forgoes the accuracy of the letter form and, like Bram Stoker in Dracula, makes the letters part of the novel with action, emotion, and character reaction — attributes that would not usually be in a letter, but for the sake of this book, they need to be.

It has fairly leapt to the top shelf, where it’s nestled down deep with my all time favourites. Her Hungarian seemed kostvoa have all the diacritical markings in it, and I am unsure of the Bulgarian, since she used our alphabet rather than cyrillic.

Whether the history and geography is historiadorw or not, the sheer volume of trivia padding this book and the work it had to have taken to put it all together is confounding.

I will say I did discover a few historical inaccuracies, but I think I’ll let them fly for now.

The conclusions I have drawn are based largely upon my perceptions of what each job actually entails. Although the first half is pleasant enough pa a travelogue, especially the Eastern European scenery and impressions of Budapest that we are treated to, it soon began to feel tedious and I was pretty bored by the time the book began to pick up again.


Then, Dracula inevitably shows up again to slap people around a little, so that the historians will be too afraid to continue their research. The characters are lla helped by the leaden dialogue. Heck, I AM an archaeologist and historian, remember? Jeez, Paul, grow up! I mean, are you kidding? Having just come off three weeks elizwbeth nineteenth century novelists, I thought, Oh, something light would be a nice change.

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I think I read some review here on GoodReads that called this a book to be conquered. As this sum surpasses well over pages in type, obvious plausibility considerations of scale arise, but only if you stop to think about it long enough. Let me describe the ways this book sucked. 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? Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself–to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

A plodding, contrived, poorly written mess of a book about three generations of historians researching the Dracula legend. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.

There are three different stories weaved together into one about three people who are trying to find Dracula: I really enjoy vampire literature and this book was not disappointing. I don’t want to read a vampire story and have to sit through a hundred “mountainous countryside” descriptions. Fiona For heavens sake, this isn’t really historical fiction! You thought it was sweet, you thought it was romantic, you thought the writing was beautiful. Did you ever for a moment think upon the complete absurdity of the letters and the storytelling, particularly when said letters and spoken stories were told in excruciating minutiae.


My main character is a historian. She is married to a Bulgarian scholar. Return to Book Page. Kostova manages to keep even that particularly familiar angle surprising. In fact, a well-researched and planned book only brings credibility to your story. 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 I will say this though, if you are not really into history or researching, I would skip it.

However, I quite clearly digress.

Don’t worry, he’s somewhere in those pages, but if you blink you might miss him! Just about everything spoken is exposition.

As in, looking at really old writings, and then discussing them, a lot. For a first novel, it is outstanding. What bothered me most? And there is throughout the book an enormous cast of characters, not merely just historical personages, but various researchers and students and librarians and bureaucrats and all of them are well-drawn, interesting, and fully fleshed.

With much hesitation, I read on. Multiple stories build upon each other in many exotic locations bridging across several centuries.

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The Historian has changed all that. Even as the plot gradually tightens, there is never much action. If only she could have included a detailed transcription of their own reviews!

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