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The Historian

by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova X
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2005, 656 pages

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    Oct 2006, 688 pages

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The BEST
This book is now my favorite...it is just as good as Bram Stoker's Dracula maybe even better
Andy

Suspense by definition
This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I am not one to read, but this one kept my attention and the pages turning. I carried it to work to read at lunch or when ever i could, took it in the car to read at red lights, and stayed up late with it. The way Elizabeth takes you from just the Two main character and develops it into a another stary, and then another, and another, and then finally all of the stories end at the same place with a triumph. And that is what this book was a historic triumph for Elizabeth korstova.
katy

Keeps you reading.
I truly enjoyed this book. And I have never really been into this subject before but it has definetly sparked an interest. It has more than one story going at a time so it hardly ever gets boring. A true page turner in my opinion, I found it difficult to ever want to put down. And despite its length I was finishd within three days only to wish I could read on! I definetly would and have recommend this book to others.
marlee

The Historian
If you don't like long books, don't read this one. But if you're a patient reader and like a plot that unwinds slowly and grippingly, this may be for you. Perhaps I particularly enjoyed it because in Romania I have walked through the Dracula castle several times at the close of day just as darkness descended and the stairway and upper rooms took on a particular gloom; a definitely creepy experience...(also, one day saw a workman outside fixing a pathway; he had just dug up a small part part of a skeleton and casually tossed aside several finger bones). ~The Historian is presented to appear believable; the author admits to mixing fact and fantasy in her brew. I wouldn't have missed this book, shivers and all.
warren martin

could inspire a movie
The Historian is a refreshing and captivating piece that could beautiful film. It has all the making of a fascinating movie. it skims the thin line between fiction and fact that is vital for good horror. With a few modification I see a blockbuster.
Fiery Wordess

Unsettled
Perhaps I tried to read this book too quickly while on semester break, but I definitely went back and forth on whether or not I liked it. I must say in all sincerity that I believe Ms. Kostova is a blossoming author with a genuine talent in both description and research. I could tell that her characters had great depth, however, I do not believe she delivered them well. I felt every character shared the same dialogue patterns and the descriptions in diary entries and letters were obscenely lengthy and detailed. Were I writing a letter to my daughter warning her against the dangers of Vlad Tepes as well as informing her of her mother and our research, I do not think I would include a sumptuous description of my meal on a patio of an "exquisite" restaurant.

What saved this story for me was its originality and (probably) my infatuation with the vampire legacy. She had an excellent story to tell. I just wish that she had spent more time in the present and less in the very verbose past.
Renata Sexton

The Historian/Elizabeth Kostova
The Historian has a mysterious flavor from the first page. It is indeed a very long book but I could not keep myself from finishing it. I read several other books as I read The Historian--always coming back to find out what next?

I read half quickly and then obained a book on tape (CD) from my library and finished it while traveling to and from work.

There was quite a bit of description of exotic locales and a sense of one of those experiences that happens even when you yourself are disbelieving. It leaves you feeling that vampires might well have? or? exist.
Marcel Catellier

The Historian
I liked the book, "but" was bored at certain points. I like the story line, and the travel log through the former Eastern Europe. But the Story gets blurred because of the bouncing back and forth into time and bounching from one person's story to the next...But am still recomending it as a good read.
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