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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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However, all that did was try to make up for a very thin and shallow plot that didn’t really interest me as much. A really good piece of intelligent fantasy, vividly written. The other historical events in the book are real ones, carefully researched, although the twentieth-century characters are fictional.

I did read some of the comments on Amazon. It was dead and without the risk of ever returning to life, so that no one would ever have to read it again. I’m really into history so I thought it was pretty damn good. The narrator, who is telling her story from her viewpoint as a 16 eliazbeth old girl inher father, zodzieie story is told through letters to his daughter as kotsova as conversations about his experiences in and finally, Professor Rossi, who was the father’s advisor in college.

The three story lines of the narrator, her father, and his professor, all have an event in common: What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? NOT, a requirement to include every scrap of research as part of the novel itself.

Both are told in first person, with little use of proper nouns. I really wanted to like this book but God is it boring as hell. Ignore it, read something else. Elizabeth Kostova sure knows storytelling and did a terrific job interweaving the search for Dracula The Impaler and Eastern European history.

This not only causes uncertainty, but annoyance.

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Get on with the story. Instead they all talk the same, they all have the same reactions, the same motives, hook up randomly in the same elizabetg, etc. 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.


Good research into the history of that part of the world. Dracula’s motive is implausible and unconvincing, but I feel that it holds a symbolic meaning in Kostova’s conception of the novel, and therefore, even though plot-wise it’s nothing short of embarrassing, I can turn a blind eye on it.

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 It has been some time since I read this, so my recollections may not be that accurate.

The Paul letters, on the other hand, are given only quotation marks. The zodzoeje contrivances and temporal leaps are not inherently difficult to follow. Kostova knows well enough to keep the monsters off the stage as long as possible, merely make suggestive shadows lurk here and there on the periphery and affect a rather creepy atmosphere.

Exposed neck area for easy biting. This means quotation marks. Why and how these volumes keep turning up is one of the novel’s mysteries an it’s one of Kostova’s rather clever conclusions in her zodzoeje well-thought out realization elizaeth the character of Dracula.

Paul and Helen visit archives, peruse old-timey documents, and attempt to decipher the past. And not just any vampire, but the mack daddy himself, Dracula, the real Vlad the Impaler, who turns out to be the undead. Kostova was intent on writing a serious work of literature and saw herself as an inheritor of the Victorian style.

Just as boring as it sounds. I was horrified to read: In addition, everyone in the whole story speaks with the same koxtova. Retrieved 27 August This was a beast to read in terms of length, elozabeth I was never bored and I remained eager to pick up wherever I left off.


Heck, I AM an archaeologist and historian, remember?

tosia’s review of Łabędź i złodzieje

I also rather enjoyed zoszieje sub-plot about the protagonist’s parents. I wish I’d eljzabeth an Actual Gothic novel – maybe even by Bram Stoker – instead of wasting way too long on this frustrating book. More on the reasons later. Rather, they make appearances in goofy disguises in libraries and cafes to give books and other clues to especially promising young historians, inspiring the recipients to begin insatiable quests to find out more about this Dracula fellow.

January 3, Dear Khanh ofI am your older, wiser self. She creates tension, but then breaks it too soon, or holds back from stretching it out, or drops into the completely mundane, instead of just pulling back a little.

Quotation marks on top of quotation marks. Not only are these letters insanely long, but they are insanely detailed as well, creating yet another reason why the book and the characters are completely unbelievable.

Maybe not a bad thing in the long run. I would beg for a little bit of sensationalism over sense, because overall, the plot of this story is entirely lacking in anything remotely resembling fascination, anything that would captivate and hold the imagination rather than lulls it to sleep. Instead, Dracula is a librarian. Just about everything spoken is exposition. It took Elizabeth Kostova ten years to write The Historian.