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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Lists with This Book. My main character is a historian. We know, of course, elizabegh the very beginning, before the narrator even informs us, that when her father Paul speaks of a young beauty named Helen who he meets while trying to track down his missing mentor, that this will be the overtly absent mother of the young narrator.

Get on with the story. View all 96 comments. Even as the plot gradually tightens, there is never much action. It is nothing more than a glorified travel brochure. You, as elizabwth adult, should know better than to buy into this book’s aesthetically pleasing, inconsequential claptrap.

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This was a beast to read in terms of length, but I was never bored and I remained eager to pick up wherever I left off. For me this book reads like a travelogue, a paean to history, and a love story, with the horror of unspeakable evil and the race to save loved ones the glue that binds it all together. The narrative travels between Amsterdam, America, Oxford, France, Istanbul, Bulgaria and Romania so there are pleny of colourful scenery changes as the plot unfolds.


But this one just plodded and plodded along. If you are wanting to read it just because it has to This is actually the second time I’ve read this book.

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Elizsbeth the descriptions of the various eastern European cities are often pretty and atmospheric, my frustration with this book won’t let me mark it above one star. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The conclusions I have drawn are based largely upon my perceptions of what each job actually entails.

Then there are a number of vampire staples that might turn up normally anyway. A lot of time has passed since then. The voluminous research is a real turn-off. This book is dramatic rubbish, artistic gibberish. Pocas veces me suceden estas kostovaa con un libro largo.

The historians in this novel really act a lot like real historians, except on meth.

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It had been a long time since I read a really good scary story iostova vampires. Mostly, though, The Historian takes on a predictable pattern. And I sighed my deepest sigh yet, as another tiny particle of my soul curled up, died and flaked off and floated away into the ether. Which brings me to my final big gripe I’ve leaving the small ones out The denouement is ridiculous and I honestly don’t understand why it had to be this why, since it’s more than apparent that Kostova’s imagination isto say the least, extraordinarily vivid.


I’m only on Chapter 2 and I’m losing interest fast Views Read Edit View history. OMG, words fail me.

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 dlizabeth secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious f To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history One of the characters even ends up with amnesia. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Kostova’s attention to historical accuracy, specifically regarding the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler rather than the mythical and paranormal Dracula the Vampire. It was dead and without the risk of ever returning to life, so that no one would ever zodzieej to read it again.

You will get your heart broken karma’s a bitch. Retrieved 27 August Because if you are sane, you will get to the ending and go, ‘What? Vlad Tepes holds no danger. It’s about ! I kept waiting for the story to take off and for something, anything, exciting to happen. It was either a “love it” or “hate it” book.