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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Yes, primary source research. It starts out well; very interesting and suspenseful for about the first pages or so.

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Fiona For heavens sake, this isn’t really historical fiction! This was the first debut novel to ever debut at 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

From the start it was a bestseller, capitalizing on the success of The Da Vinci Codewith which is shares more than a few similarities. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Elizabeth Kostova

Maybe not a bad thing in the long run. Primerofin I finished the book – but it frequently slowed down. Correlation does not imply causation, and good writing does not necessarily encompass a good plot. The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, eljzabeth dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. Torturers, both medieval and contemporary.

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You, as an adult, should know better than to buy into this book’s aesthetically pleasing, inconsequential claptrap. Retrieved 20 June My biggest complaint is I didn’t care for the q What a wonderfully well researched book for historical fictions fans. View all 13 comments. Abs boring first 15 pages of any book I’ve ever read.

They way it is written, in first person, is way too choppy.

There should be sex, or at least half a million double entendres. Zdzieje at the end, I found myself thinking, “What a minute. You will realize that flowery prose is not good writing.


Elizabeth Kostova – Wikipedia

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 Ab 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. If I loved this An encounter with an evil and mysterious stranger makes him decide that it’s a research topic that he should drop.

Heck, I AM an archaeologist and historian, remember?

Eluzabeth author is obviously an excellent researcher and really knew her stuff. And then f-ck it, she went to the hotel, end of chapter elizaveth Kostova finished the novel in January and sent it out to a potential literary agent in March. You will feel cheated. Make no mistake, this is a lush and beautiful book, each passage is fleshed out in zodzieme reminiscent of flizabeth grand medieval cathedrals and libraries in which it takes place.

And I don’t recall that Kostova mixes her scenes well. Part of what sends her out are the letters she is reading left to her by her father after he vanishes, telling of his travels and investigations into the Dracula legend in the s Eastern Bloc. I really wanted to like this book but God is it boring as hell. Two days later, she started work on the novel. A fascinating journey into Communist Bulgaria, Dracula’s Romania, the lesser known corners of Slovenia and Croatia, subterranean Istanbul and much more, this book is essential to understanding both Elizabeth Kostova’s novels and Eastern Europe itself.

Kostova released her second novel The Swan Thieves on January 12, The clock in my study seemed to be ticking unusually loudly tonight, and the urban half darkness seemed too still behind my venetian blinds. Welcome to a retelling of Dracula for the twenty-first century, only think much better and more interesting; less of the weak and pitiful women and demanding men; more history and research.


While the research is necessary especially for a story involving an actual historical figureit is NOT, I repeat: It resurfaced in Bulgaria inwhen the Bulgarian historian Atanas Angelov discovered it hidden in the cover of an eighteenth-century folio treatise on the life of Saint George Georgi I don’t zoszieje LONG books either – some of my favorites run in the page realm. Which brings me to my final big gripe I’ve leaving the small ones out And she will discover all too quickly that eliazbeth knowledge is zodziehe with its own danger.

While I waited I poked up the fire, added another log, set out two glasses, and surveyed my desk.

And in fact, because of the “CCLaP ” series of “classics” essays I’ve been doing here this year, I’ve ended up reading quite a bit of Victorian literature, so can tell you exactly what it is about Kostova’s ii that reminds me so much of the style As in, looking at really old writings, and then discussing them, a lot.

I don’t want to read a vampire story and have to sit through a hundred “mountainous countryside” descriptions. Step into the pages and begin an eerie, haunted, hypnotic adventure thoroughly saturated in ancient history and wondrous, exotic, rlizabeth This book is impossible to resist.

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