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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Even with the impressive research, this story elizabefh Scooby Doo with no Scooby Snacks. The last third is the best part of the book, so do try and push through until you get there. One here elizabetn there would be fine, even interesting, but it’s as if the author decided ‘here’s how the plot should go’, and couldn’t be bothered to come up with realistic reasons for characters to do things and just wanted to move them from one point to another.

Vlad Tepes holds no danger. Beyond its rambling descriptions, however, The Historian flounders as a vampire story. 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 When you tell a story to your friends, have you ever once mentioned the drumming of your fingertips when you’re trying to tell a story ofsupposedlythe utmost importance?

Lists with This Book. View all 21 comments. This is rather typical for a researcher, save for the part about being stalked by the undead. 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.

Paul and his daughter travel around, seeing cool sights, eating various biscuits, and having long conversations.

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Loved it, despite all my above annoyances. Not because I’m interested in zodzjeje, but because I served my mission in Romania and was interested in Vlad himself.


It gets a limited recommendation from me today, although to be truthful I’m now looking forward to reading through Shebl’s novel as well, to see how it compares. With much hesitation, I read on. Zodzkeje Preview See a Problem?

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It had to have gone something like this: 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. Clearly Kostova is very influenced by Gothic and Victorian writers like Stoker, so maybe this book would have a grand payoff of zodzieie ending to merit the praise and best-sellerness.

This book is dramatic rubbish, artistic gibberish.

While imitation of Henry James is not enough in itself to make me wish undeath on an author, it sucked the blood out of this adventure. I kept waiting for the story to take off and for something, anything, exciting to happen. I was slightly annoyed by the fact that the Romanian language wasn’t always written accurately I guess she didn’t research that quite enough.

Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives zodziejje learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. 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 zoszieje the Da Vinci Code? The second timeline is set in the s.

Views Read Edit View history. And, elizaabeth course, since kostlva is absent, we know there zovzieje a reason for that, and of course, as this is a horror novel, we know she is dead — or worse. No build up, no logic, they just do because I guess they’re both there and they have nothing better zodzieie do.


We know she was named for “Helen’s mother” but “Helen’s mother” is another character whose name we never actually hear. 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.

YOu kept getting to the next chapter thinking I understand now, decades later, that he could never have told me.

The book also scared me out of my wits at times. Which brings me to my final big elizabetu I’ve leaving the small ones out I wish I’d read an Actual Gothic novel – maybe even by Bram Stoker – instead of wasting way too long on this frustrating book. You will realize that a good epistolary book involving several different characters should have the characters be actually fucking distinct.

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I’d recommend it more for updating your TripAdvisor as opposed to reading it for the fiction. The voluminous research is a real turn-off. All the action takes place in libraries, and consists of primary source research. A full speed ahead rich, historical thriller with enough gothic images, cultural folklore, ancient crypts and creaking stairs that it is sure to raise the hair kkstova the back of your neck and no doubt a compulsive, insatiable interest in this age rlizabeth tale.

A really good piece of intelligent fantasy, vividly written. As in, looking at really old writings, and then discussing them, a lot.

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