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A bat flitters across a night sky.
It’s a beautifully and cleverly written work of fantasy loosely inspired by an historiadoea Eastern European vampire folk tale. Make no mistake, this is a lush and beautiful book, each passage is fleshed out in detail reminiscent of the grand medieval cathedrals and libraries in which it takes place.
At the end of the book, when each person finally confronts Dracula in their time, it is revealed that Dracula himself is a lover of history and books and has been building up his library for hundreds of years with the hope of having every old book and important piece of writing in history at his finger tips, all he needs is a librarian to maintain it, of course they need to be turned undead so that their duties as librarian will last as long as Dracula is alive. Well written, interesting perspective on Vlad the Impaler.
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 More on the reasons later. Most boring first 15 pages of any book I’ve ever read. Six hundred and fifty pages of vampires that is less concerned with torn pulsing arteries than with the minutiae of historical research.
Some are being told by the “daughter” charachter. Loved it, despite all my above annoyances. When you January 3, Dear Khanh ofI am your older, wiser self. Pocas veces me suceden estas cosas con un libro largo.
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It is nothing more than a glorified travel brochure. Elizabeth Kostova, while no doubt being a very well off person lostova 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 historuadora the trail; its an academic adventure novel. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 29 35 Jun 01, Paul describes this meeting to his daughter in chapter And there is throughout the book an enormous cast of characters, not merely just historical personages, but various researchers and students and librarians and bureaucrats and all of them are well-drawn, interesting, and fully fleshed.
The story follows three generations of the same family and little by little their own history is shown to be interwoven with that of Vlad the Impalers. I was a modern historiwdora on the Dracula story.
Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Have you lost interest? Or perhaps he wasn’t!
We know, of course, from 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.
Despite the lack of inertia, these pages were my favorite. Refresh and try again. 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.
Yes, it has vampires in it elizaebth no, it’s not classified as paranormal.
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I kept telling my friends I was reading “a book about hunting for Kostoba through libraries across Europe,” and that it was about as exciting as it sounds.
I eagerly bought my very own copy and returned home to crawl into bed and begin reading this tale of terror. Open Preview See a Problem?
Perfectly honed in their well muscled meaty suits and filled okstova 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 find.
She creates tension, but then breaks it too soon, eilzabeth holds back from stretching it out, or drops into the completely mundane, instead of just pulling back a little. I wish I’d read an Actual Gothic novel – maybe even by Bram Stoker – instead of wasting way too long on this frustrating book.
I think I read some review here on GoodReads that called this a book to be conquered. As every goodreader knows, book collecting is an addiction and so imagine having over years in which to collect and hoard piles of papery goodness? Read it and see what you think. 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.
Paul xxxx is drawn into a world where history and myth walk hand in hand. I initially read the dust jacket on one of my many excursions to the book store and was very excited. 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.
To drive the story. I was willing to suspend belief for the whole length of the book. Showing of 1 reviews. Laura Rice said not to read it. I wish Brien had read the book at the same time as I did, I would liked to have talked to him about hixtoriadora. That high school bully might scare a few odd child here and there, with his posturing, with his scowls.