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Whether the history and geography is true 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. This book reminded me of the DaVinci code in some ways, but was much more interesting and better written.
It had to have gone something like this: It took Elizabeth Kostova ten years to write The Historian. If you are wanting to read it just because it has to do with Dracula, I would pick a much smaller book.
It’s a beautifully and cleverly written work of fantasy loosely inspired by an old Eastern European vampire folk tale. You learned a lot of things in English class. Did you seriously think this book was realistic in any way, when you cannot distinguish between the narrative of an old man, an older man, and that of a girl as she grows from her early teens?
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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Of course Dracula being Dracula he and his undead minions will stop at nothing to protect their secrets, including the location of Vlad the Impaler’s grave.
The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova 19 Nov 03, Elizabeth Kostova sure knows storytelling and did a terrific job interweaving the search for Dracula The Impaler and Eastern European history. He is the equivalent of a grown-up high school bully. What dark and unholy specter could be contained in other people’s reviews of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian?
The Historian has none of this melodramatic buildup. 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 off sounding pretentious, overwrought and juvenile. This should be over-the-top goofy. And not just any vampire, but the mack daddy himself, Dracula, the real Vlad the Impaler, who turns out to be the undead.
These stand-ins for the vampire are pleasantly unsettling without being accompanied by shrieking violins. It’s a very rich reading experience full of culture, history, adventure, and mystery. Remember the classic christmas movie – A Christmas Story – when Ralphie gets the Secret Decoder Ring in the mail and decodes the secret message “Drink your Ovaltine” and says, “Thats it?!?
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
It also bothered me that we never know the name of the narrator. That high school bully might scare a few odd child here and there, with his posturing, with his scowls. This not only causes uncertainty, but annoyance. And, of course, since she is absent, we know there is a reason for that, and of course, as this is a horror novel, we know she is dead — or worse.
One reviewer on amazon said that if you take any random section of dialogue from the book, it is impossible to tell which character it came from. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard! That’s hidtoriadora I can say without giving away the plot.
When he shows this book to his mentor, Professor Rossi, it sets into motion a chain of events that lead him from his university in London, to Constantinople, Romania, Bulgaria and eventually the Transylvania province of Walachia.
And last but not the least, Kostova’s prose is absolutely beautiful——at times old-fashioned verging on the purple but in a good way ; at others downright effective and straight jostova the point. The dust jacket alluded ksotova sleepless nights filled with suspense and horror. Beyond its rambling descriptions, however, The Historian flounders as a vampire story.
I confess to being initially reluctant to delve into this story, I mean who really needs another campy, vampire tale? Kostova had me at mysterious book and Dracula.
Whoever said that about Kostova’s The Historian, I salute you.
Every once in a while it is difficult to figure out which story you are reading as they jump around so much, but after the first few chapters you start to get a feel for it and it seemed really ingenious the way she chose to combine the three stories. When do we get introduced to Dracula?????? Recomendado para lecturas nocturnas.!
His only reaction is to groan, or to stifle a groan. You know, kosrova 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.
My review of Shebl’s book will be coming in a few weeks, by the way. Lists with This Book. Rossi’s story is also told through letters and conversations and occurred in Although the first half is pleasant enough as 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.