The Historian

  • Title: The Historian
  • Author: Elizabeth Kostova
  • ISBN: 9780316011778
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Historian Best Read || [Elizabeth Kostova] - The Historian, The Historian What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed and that he has lived on century after century pursuing his own unknow
    The Historian Best Read || [Elizabeth Kostova] - The Historian, The Historian What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed and that he has lived on century after century pursuing his own unknow

    • The Historian Best Read || [Elizabeth Kostova]
      333Elizabeth Kostova
    The Historian

    About Elizabeth Kostova


    1. Elizabeth Z Johnson Kostova was born Elizabeth Z Johnson in New London, Connecticut and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee where she graduated from the Webb School of Knoxville She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, where she won the 2003 Hopwood Award for her Novel in Progress She is married to a Bulgarian scholar Her first novel, The Historian, was published in 2005, and it has become a best seller.Kostova released her second novel The Swan Thieves on January 12, 2010.


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    1. You know you ve been in school too long when you write a vampire novel in which Dracula s ultimate threat is to force his victims to catalog his extensive library of antique books On the other hand, after finishing The Historian, and its detailed Vlad the Impaler research, I m willing to consider that threat as akin to impalement If Kostova s references to Henry James did not reveal her as an admirer of his, then its sprawling prose, vague plot, and sexually confused characters would have While [...]

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    2. This has got to be one of the most disappointing books I ve read in a long time Although the descriptions of the various eastern European cities are often pretty and atmospheric, my frustration with this book won t let me mark it above one star.It starts out well very interesting and suspenseful for about the first 100 pages or so But as you read it, the book just gets and ridiculous It s about 600 900 pages long which is way, way too long and I urge anyone reading this book to just put it dow [...]

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    3. This novel is better than I had any anticipation of it being I d seen it among a friend s luggage then later saw it at the library Having just come off three weeks of nineteenth century novelists, I thought, Oh, something light would be a nice change After all, I thought Vampires The book is about vampires And not just any vampire, but the mack daddy himself, Dracula, the real Vlad the Impaler, who turns out to be the undead.Light reading Sure Six hundred and fifty pages of vampires that is less [...]

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    4. January 3, 2014Dear Khanh of 2006,I am your older, wiser self Many things will happen in the years that have elapsed before you become the me of today You will fall in love You will break hearts You will get your heart broken karma s a bitch You will change jobs You will graduate from college.Most importantly, you will become intelligent, you will learn the art of advanced thinking because really, all college teaches you is how to get good grades by regurgitating textbooks When you are older, a [...]

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    5. This is actually the second time I ve read this book For a first novel, it is outstanding I was completely engrossed in the story I really love history and the whole Dracula lore I thought it was a great mix of both It added a lot of suspense that made me read it with the lights on I think I read it in about four days, I just couldn t put it down I will say this though, if you are not really into history or researching, I would skip it If you are wanting to read it just because it has to do with [...]

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    6. 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 of the Da Vinci Code I think I read some review here on GoodReads that called this a book to be conquered You know, one 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 Whoever said that about Kostova s The Historian, I salute you.I kept telling my friends I was reading a b [...]

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    7. Tentatively, my hand crept towards the mouse What dark and unholy specter could be contained in other people s reviews of Elizabeth Kostova s The Historian I was filled with passive voiced dread as the link was clicked by me I was horrified to read xdragonlady s review My main problem with the book being that the author told the tale from so many different points of view, but that they were each told in first person without giving the reader any notice as to who was telling the tale I don t unde [...]

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    8. This book is impossible to resist It has fairly leapt to the top shelf, where it s nestled down deep with my all time favourites I confess to being initially reluctant to delve into this story, I mean who really needs another campy, vampire tale Lucky for me I put these feelings aside long enough to read the first chapter after which there was no looking back Step into the pages and begin an eerie, haunted, hypnotic adventure thoroughly saturated in ancient history and wondrous, exotic, old Euro [...]

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    9. I would have enjoyed being at the pitch meeting for Elizabeth Kostova s The Historian It had to have gone something like this Well, most people think Dracula isn t real, Kostova must have explained What this book supposes is that not only is he real, but he s still alive, and wreaking havoc on the world She must have paused here, expecting, perhaps, to be thrown from the room Allowed to remain, she plunged forward My main character is a historian All the action takes place in libraries, and cons [...]

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    10. Wow, was I ever disappointed in this one I initially read the dust jacket on one of my many excursions to the book store and was very excited It had been a long time since I read a really good scary story with vampires The dust jacket alluded to sleepless nights filled with suspense and horror I eagerly bought my very own copy and returned home to crawl into bed and begin reading this tale of terror Okay, so sometimes books have to start slow You ve got to get the setting right, introduce the ch [...]

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    11. This is my favorite book of ALL time from any genre At its core this is a book about Drakulya, about his history and his impact on those that knew him and those that have hunted the truth about him for centuries.The novel opens with an unnamed female voice informing the reader in the year 2008 that she s about to tell the story of what happened to her thirty years before The story is mostly about her father Paul, a historian turned diplomat, and his search for Dracula, Vlad the Impaler This narr [...]

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    12. It has been some time since I read this, so my recollections may not be that accurate I tend to make these decisions do I like or not like a book viscerally, rather than by formula But I figured that any book that merited my little used pissed me off category, deserved an explanation The Historian 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 soun [...]

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    13. This book reminded me of the DaVinci code in some ways, but was much interesting and better written All of the research and historical documents were fascinating I was especially interested in the subject matter, because it was about Vlad epe , the Wallachian Romanian prince, who Bram Stoker popularized as Dracula Not because I m interested in vampires, but because I served my mission in Romania and was interested in Vlad himself Evil and terrible as he was, the Romanians actually are very prou [...]

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    14. Onvan The Historian Nevisande Elizabeth Kostova ISBN 751537284 ISBN13 9780751537284 Dar 704 Safhe Saal e Chap 2005

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    15. Hmmm.I read this at work and one of the builders in the break room looked over the top of his copy of the Daily Star and asked if this was some sort of how to book he understood that I was an archaeologist and thus interpreted The Historian to be some sort of quick guide to well, being a historian 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.Obviously if I was a vampire I wouldn t have to worry about the cond [...]

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    16. The HistorianBy Elizabeth KostovaKostova received two million dollars for this debut novel, an almost unheard of sum for an unknown writer, but I m sure it went a long way in reimbursing her expenses for the research that would have been required to write The Historian 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 The reader is drawn into the past quickly and presented w [...]

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    17. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally So first, a disclosure I actually received a free used copy of Elizabeth Kostova s 2005 modern vampire tale The Historian unexpectedly in the mail one day, from author Akmal Shebl at the same time he sent in his own book Prisoners in Paradise for review, not as a bribe I think but rather an example of what his [...]

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    18. Well written, interesting perspective on Vlad the Impaler Good research into the history of that part of the world.

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    19. THE HISTORIAN BY ELIZABETH KOSTOVA Welcome to a retelling of Dracula for the twenty first century, only think much better and interesting less of the weak and pitiful women and demanding men history and research Elizabeth Kostova, while no doubt being a very well off person who 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 about books and history and researching [...]

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    20. Not everyone who reaches back into history can survive it I hope I will have time to write about this book later, but one thing I need to mention is what you hear about is true The denouement is ridiculous and I honestly don t understand why it had to be this why, since it s than apparent that Kostova s imagination is, to say the least, extraordinarily vivid Dracula s motive is implausible and unconvincing, but I feel that it holds a symbolic meaning in Kostova s conception of the novel, and t [...]

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    21. A plodding, contrived, poorly written mess of a book about three generations of historians researching the Dracula legend It spans centuries, countries and strains all credulity.The multi narrative structure is ambitious and, of course, is a nod to Stoker s classic novel , but Kostova doesn t pull it off All her characters unless they have an obvious accent sound alike and there s far too much exposition and repetition.The final quarter it s a looong book, about as long as Vlad s life is suspens [...]

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    22. Fourth time for me to read this gothic novel about Dracula both the historical figure and the vampire and those hunting him, and boy does it still amaze me And so despite all its happy coincidences, Dracula s somewhat lackluster motivation to do what it is he does won t elaborate no spoilers and a few small plot holes here and there, I ve decided to upgrade it to 5 stars.This novel is so well written and so riveting that I can well turn a blind eye to its flaws and just let myself be blown away [...]

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    23. I really wanted to like this book but God is it boring as hell I hate not finishing a book but I just can t waste one minute reading something akin to watching paint dry I kept waiting for the story to take off and for something, anything, exciting to happen This felt like an exercise in cold war geography and a self indulgent author letting us know how smart she is and how much research she d done Who cares The premise for this book was really intriguing but the story gets lost in page after p [...]

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    24. Most boring first 15 pages of any book I ve ever read.For revenge, I will attempt to write the shortest review of The Historian D

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    25. If there were negative stars, I would give them to this book OMG, words fail me.On second thought.ey don t Let me describe the ways this book sucked.First off, it sucked because it COULD have been a brilliant books IN theremewhere in the 642 pages I would venture to says about 300 pages too long At page 201 into the book, it was still plodding along unmercifully They way it is written, in first person, is way too choppy Some chapters are being told by the dad charachter Paul Some are being told [...]

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    26. The Historian is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Kostova Yes, it has vampires in it and no, it s not classified as paranormal Why Because of Ms Kostova s attention to historical accuracy, specifically regarding the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler rather than the mythical and paranormal Dracula the Vampire In an online interview, Ms Kostova stated, I took a real historical mystery, the question of where Vlad the Impaler is buried or what became of his remains and [...]

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    27. This novel would have done well to have large parts of the first half culled 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.The last third is the best part of the book, so do try and push through until you get there.The biggest aspect I found to complain about, is that I d expected a bit solid hi [...]

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    28. a modern take on the Dracula story This reminded me of The Da Vinci Code in some ways The story was a pageturner with lots of atmosphere and exotic settings, danger and romance mixed with the secrets of history But at the end, I found myself thinking, What a minute That plot made no sense Dracula s motivation is sketchy at best, and the choices the characters make just don t ring true, in my opinion That s all I can say without giving away the plot Read it and see what you think I was willing to [...]

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    29. People believe in Santa Claus, I believe that Dracula is for realAnyone who knows me remotely now, know that I hate reviewing books being scarred and scared since my grad days D So this isn t exactly a review just my typical need to ramble.You ve been warned So I read this book almost a decade back, it was a difficult period of time for me as I was going through a phase of academic as well as existential angst in general, with the threat of submission of dissertations looming ahead So any book m [...]

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    30. A wild ride of a book even though it concerns itself mostly with the topic of historical research, the subject of which makes all the difference We travel from Holland to England, France, Greece, New England, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and back again, we travel in the past and present, we see various points of viewa rich, complex story Highly recommended Be prepared to take some time for the journey.

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