Friday, August 13, 2010

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova


This novel was a labour.  It was enormous.  But, it was an interesting read.  At times I set it down, and at times I skimmed long passages, but the ending was very worthwhile.  I think it could have been condensed and still have been very good.  I also liked the subject.  It was an interesting take on the Dracula story - and more importantly, it wasn't a campy teenage drama!  I will still recommend Kostova's 'The Swan Thieves' as a better story.  It was written after this novel, and I can see how Kostova is maturing, and yet she is moving from strength to strength.

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