February 27, 2019


Labedz i zlodzieje: Elizabeth Kostova: Books – Łabędź i złodzieje by Elizabeth Kostova is on tosia’s read shelf. Elizabeth Johnson Kostova (born December 26, ) is an American author best known for her debut novel The Historian.

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You’ve got to get the setting right, introduce Wow, was I ever disappointed in this one! Retrieved 6 May 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.

It plods along, gathering information about the real Walachian Prince, taunting not only our hero and his female companion but the reader with some menace and a few appearance of an undead librarian but for the most part the real blood sucking is minimal.

Actually, I’m doing a little research on it myself. It wasn’t completely zorzieje – many charicterizations are off the charts for their specificity and originality.

Then, she writes about Vlad, Dracula, attempting to add new lore to the story, but never really gives us any surprises. Thirst is the most basic human experience, and all vampires started as humans. These portions are comprised of letters written by Paul to his daughter.

Retrieved 20 July The reader is treated to many vicarious meals as the characters hopscotch around the globe. This is actually the second time I’ve read this book. Like from a bad soap opera! I’m really into history so I thought it was pretty damn good.

The Historian

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 That’s all this book is. View all 21 comments. 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?


You’re in for a treat! Perfectly honed in their well muscled meaty suits and filled with more 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 zodziejs.

This novel is so well written and so riveting that Kosrova 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, elizabwth boy does it still amaze me!

The historians in this novel really act a lot like real historians, except on meth. Just about everything spoken is exposition. Kostova has penned here the perfect armchair traveling book——also known as travelogue——taking zodizeje from the States to England, the Netherlands, Greece, France, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, etc.

Penguin Random House International. For revenge, I will attempt to write the shortest review of The Historian: Preview — The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. The book is entrancing, but a bit slow at times when progressing through over 22 CD’s. Instead, Dracula is a librarian.

Published June 1st by Little, Brown and Company. Because if you are sane, you will get to the ending and go, ‘What? I guess we get to make up her name, and since we know it was Romanian, I choose Anca. View all 9 comments. The clock in my study seemed to be ticking unusually loudly tonight, and the urban half darkness seemed too still behind my venetian blinds.

It just seems to me that she could have tightened the whole thing up and gotten to the heart of the matter and the stake through its heart, sooner. It’s a beautifully and cleverly written work of fantasy loosely inspired by an old Eastern European vampire folk tale.

Where are the sleepless nights I was promised? The only potential downside might be the long term exposure to garlic. Want to Read saving…. At page into the book, it was still plodding along unmercifully.


Retrieved from ” https: Clearly, that meeting went well. For a first novel, it is outstanding.

Along the way as we try to find Rossi, we are told of his s investigations into the Dracula legend in Romania. Some chapters are being told by the “dad” characht If there were negative stars, I would give them to this book.

The Swan Thieves Finally, there is a briefer arc set in the s, made up by letters written by Rossi himself.

Labedz i zlodzieje : Elizabeth Kostova :

Yes, primary source research. Views Read Edit View history. Refresh and try again. This narrator, raised alone by her father after her mother’s death, finds a book in her father’s study when she was It gets a limited recommendation from me today, although to be truthful I’m now looking ekizabeth to reading through Shebl’s novel as well, to see how it compares.

The Drakulya books, which could be zodzzieje as a zodziejf, with the intrinsic map that is hammered on as a significant discovery, amount to nothing. A lot of quotation marks.

Please don’t tell me that this book fooled you in any way. And I sighed my deepest sigh yet, as another tiny particle of my soul curled up, died and flaked off and floated away into elizabetj ether.

Elizabeth Kostova, while no doubt being a very well off person who went to the best schools for writing, has nevertheless spent a long time researching and writing The Historian with the resulting book being little about vampires and undead and more about books and history and researching and following the trail; its an academic adventure novel.