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The Historian If Your Pulse Flutters At The Thought Of Castle Ruins And Descents Into Crypts By Moonlight, You Will Savor Every Creepy Page Of Elizabeth Kostova S Long But Beautifully Structured Thriller The Historian.The Story Opens In Amsterdam In 1972, When A Teenage Girl Discovers A Medieval Book And A Cache Of Yellowed Letters In Her Diplomat Father S Library The Pages Of The Book Are Empty Except For A Woodcut Of A Dragon The Letters Are Addressed To My Dear And Unfortunate Successor When The Girl Confronts Her Father, He Reluctantly Confesses An Unsettling Story His Involvement, Twenty Years Earlier, In A Search For His Graduate School Mentor, Who Disappeared From His Office Only Moments After Confiding To Paul His Certainty That Dracula Vlad The Impaler, An Inventively Cruel Ruler Of Wallachia In The Mid 15th Century Was Still Alive The Story Turns Out To Concern Our Narrator Directly Because Paul S Collaborator In The Search Was A Fellow Student Named Helen Rossi The Unacknowledged Daughter Of His Mentor And Our Narrator S Long Dead Mother, About Whom She Knows Almost Nothing And Then Her Father, Leaving Just A Note, Disappears Also.As Well As Numerous Settings, Both In And Out Of The East Bloc, Kostova Has Three Basic Story Lines To Keep Straight One From 1930, When Professor Bartolomew Rossi Begins His Dangerous Research Into Dracula, One From 1950, When Professor Rossi S Student Paul Takes Up The Scent, And The Main Narrative From 1972 The Criss Crossing Story Lines Mirror The Political Advances, Retreats, Triumphs, And Losses That Shaped Dracula S Beleaguered Homeland Sometimes With The Byzantines On Top, Sometimes The Ottomans, Sometimes The Rag Tag Local Tribes, Or The Orthodox Church, And Sometimes A Fresh Conqueror Like The Soviet Union.Although The Book Is Appropriately Suspenseful And A Delight To Read Even The Minor Characters Are Distinctive And Vividly Seen Its Most Powerful Moments Are Those That Describe Real Horrors Our Narrator Recalls That After Reading Descriptions Of Vlad Burning Young Boys Or Impaling A Large Family, She Tried To Forget The Words For All His Attention To My Historical Education, My Father Had Neglected To Tell Me This History S Terrible Moments Were Real I Understand Now, Decades Later, That He Could Never Have Told Me Only History Itself Can Convince You Of Such A Truth The Reader, Although Given A Satisfying Ending, Gets A Strong Enough Dose Of European History To Temper The Usual Comforts Of The Closing Words Regina Marler


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here You know you ve been in school too long when you write a vampire novel in which Dracula s ultimate threat is to force his victims to catalog his extensive library of antique books On the other hand, after finishing The Historian, and its detailed Vlad the Impaler research, I m willing to...


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    This has got to be one of the most disappointing books I ve read in a long time Although 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.It starts out well very interesting and suspenseful for about the first 100 pages or so But as you read it, the book just getsandridiculous It s about 600 900 pages long which is way, way too long and I urge anyone reading this book t This has got to be one of the most disappointing books I ve read in a long time Although 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.It starts out well very interesting and suspenseful for about the first 100 pages or so But...


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    This novel is better than I had any anticipation of it being I d seen it among a friend s luggage then later saw it at the library Having just come off three weeks of nineteenth century novelists, I thought, Oh, something light would be a nice change After all, I thought Vampires The book is about vampires And not just any vampire, but the mack daddy himself, Dracula, the real Vlad the Impaler, who turns out to be the undead.Light reading Sure Six hundred and fifty pages of vampires that This novel is better than I had any anticipation of it being I d seen it among a friend s luggage then later saw it at the library Having just come off three weeks of nineteenth century novelists, I thought, Oh, something light would be a nice change After all, I thought Vampires The book is about vampires And not just any vampire, but the mack daddy himself, Dracula, the real Vlad the Impaler, who turns out to be the undead.Light reading Sure Six hundred and fifty pages of vampires that is less concerned with torn pulsing arteries than with the minutiae of historical research And much like Dracula, to which Kostova novel The Historian owes an incalculable debtso than many another vampire novel , the novel is constructed as a story within a story within a story.One of the novel s central conceits is how much of the story is told in the form of letters written by the young female narrator s father As this sum surpasses well over 300 pages in type, obvious plausibility considerations of s...


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    January 3, 2014Dear Khanh of 2006,I am your older, wiser self Many things will happen in the years that have elapsed before you become the me of today You will fall in love You will break hearts You will get your heart broken karma s a bitch You will change jobs You will graduate from college.Most importantly, you will becomeintelligent, you will learn the art of advanced thinking because really, all college teaches you is how to get good grades by regurgitating textbooks When you January 3, 2014Dear Khanh of 2006,I am your older, wiser self Many things will happen in the years that have elapsed before you become the me of today You will fall in love You will break hearts You will get your heart broken karma s a bitch You will change jobs You will graduate from college.Most importantly, you will becomeintelligent, you will learn the art of advanced thinking because really, all college teaches you is how to get good grades by regurgitating textbooks When you are older, as you begin to read critically, you will learn to appreciate a good book, and you will be able to identify literary bullshit when you see it.Th...


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    This is actually the second time I ve read this book For a first novel, it is outstanding I was completely engrossed in the story I really love history and the whole Dracula lore I thought it was a great mix of both It added a lot of suspense that made me read it with the lights on I think I read it in about four days, I just couldn t put it down I will say this though, if you are not really into history or researching, I would skip it If you are wanting to read it just because it has to This is actually the second time I ve read this book For a first novel, it is outstanding I was completely engrossed in the story I really love history and the whole Dracula lore I thought it was a great mix of both It added a lot of suspense that made me read it with the lights on I think I read it in about four days, I just couldn t put it down I will say this though, if you are not really into history or researching, I would skip it If you are wanting to read it just because it has to do with Dracula, I would pick a much smaller book However, I just love history and research duh, I work in a library so it was right up my alley Actually, I m doing a little research on it myself I did read some of the comments on .com and wasn t exactly surprised by the comments It was either a love it or hate it book That is why I throw my caution out there Basically, people who didn t enjoy it were out for a Dracula story and thought the...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Am I destined for some kind of literary hell if I say I wish Dan Brown would rewrite this story with the spark and intensity of the Da Vinci Code I think I read some review here on GoodReads that called this a book to be conquered You know, one where after a time you feel so invested that you MUST finish it, you must defeat the book, you will NOT give up, no matter how much you are suffering Whoever said that about Kostova s The Historian, I salute you.I kept telling my friends I was reading Am I destined for some kind of literary hell if I say I wish Dan Brown would rewrite this story with the spark and intensity of the Da Vinci Code I think I read some review here on GoodReads that called this a book to be conquered You know, one where after a time you feel so invested that you MUST fi...


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    Tentatively, my hand crept towards the mouse What dark and unholy specter could be contained in other people s reviews of Elizabeth Kostova s The Historian I was filled with passive voiced dread as the link was clicked by me I was horrified to read xdragonlady s reviewMy main problem with the book being that the author told the tale from so many different points of view, but that they were each told in first person without giving the reader any notice as to who was telling the tale I Tentatively, my hand crept towards the mouse What dar...


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    This book is impossible to resist It has fairly leapt to the top shelf, where it s nestled down deep with my all time favourites I confess to being initially reluctant to delve into this story, I mean who really needs another campy, vampire tale Lucky for me I put these feelings aside long enough to read the first chapter after which there was no looking back Step into the pages and begin an eerie, haunted, hypnotic adventure thoroughly saturated in ancient history and wondrous, exotic, old This book is impossible to resist It has fairly leapt to the top shelf, where it s nestled down deep with my all time favourites I confess to being initially reluctant to delve into this story, I mean who really needs another campy, vampire tale Lucky for me I put these feelings aside long enough to read the first chapter after which there was no looking back Step into the pages and begin an eerie, haunted, hypnotic adventure thoroughly saturated in ancient history and wondrous, exotic, old European churches, monasteries and libraries that are positively brimming with ancient parchment and long, forgotten maps and books Kostova s ...


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    I would have enjoyed being at the pitch meeting for Elizabeth Kostova s The Historian It had to have gone something like this Well, most people think Dracula isn t real, Kostova must have explained What this book supposes is that not only is he real, but he s still alive, and wreaking havoc on the world She mu...


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    Wow, was I ever disappointed in this one I initially read the dust jacket on one of my many excursions to the book store and was very excited It had been a long time since I read a really good scary story with vampires The dust jacket alluded to sleepless nights filled with suspense and horror I eagerly bought my very own copy and returned home to crawl into bed and begin reading this tale of terror Okay, so sometimes books have to start slow You ve got to get the setting right, introduce Wow, was I ever disappointed in this one I initially read the dust jacket on one of my many excursions to the book store and was very excited It had been a long time since I read a really good scary story with vampires The dust jacket alluded to sleepless nights filled with suspense and horror I eagerly bought my very own copy and returned home to crawl into bed and begin reading this tale of terror Okay, so sometimes books have to start slow You ve got to get the setting right, introduce the characters, outline the plot all of this takes a lot of hard work, and sometimes hours of research While the research is necessary especially for a story involving an actual historical figure , it is NOT, I repeat NOT, a requirement to include every scrap of research as part of the novel itself Oh, how angry I got when the story finally started getting good, ...


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