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Those first couple hundred pages were more like a European travel guide than a historical thriller. View all 13 comments. Trivia About The Historian.

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Or “undead” as it were. Oh, I know that hisgoriadora learned about deus ex machina in AP English. I also rather enjoyed the sub-plot about the protagonist’s parents. My main character is a historian. The novel opens with an unnamed female voice informing the reader in the year that she’s about to tell the story of what happened to her thirty years before.

Did you seriously buy into the letters and the “stories? The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 29 35 Jun 01, Ignore it, read something else. But at the end, I found myself thinking, “What a minute.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Did you ever for a moment think upon the complete absurdity of the letters and the storytelling, particularly when said letters and spoken stories were told in excruciating minutiae.

The book is about vampires. View all 20 comments. All that time sitting has been rough on The Historian.

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova. Whether the history and geography is true or not, the sheer volume of trivia padding this book and the work it had to have taken to put it all together is confounding.

The Historian

My biggest complaint is I didn’t care for the quickly wrapped-up ending. It’s about ! This should be over-the-top goofy. You learned a lot of things in English class. It has the feel of a research paper, but an intriguing research paper. Open Preview See a Problem? I know you are young and stupid, but you are not that stupid.


Perfectly honed in their well muscled meaty suits and filled with more vitamins and minerals than you can shake a stick at plus with the added bonus of always having their blood pumping extra loudly due to all the exertion so they’re easy to find.

The clock in my study seemed to be ticking unusually loudly tonight, and the urban half darkness seemed too still behind my venetian blinds. The thing about the books with the Drakulya print was really intriguing.

The epilogue was a little unsettling, and the final resolution of the story seems comical when I think about it now, but it was completely fitting and totally acceptable in the framework of the story.

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I can do that especially because the rest of the bookthat is to say more than out of a total ofis not only entertaining, but also both insanely instructive and insanely intriguing, and I loved it madly. It has been some time since I read this, so my recollections may not be that accurate. His steps are dogged by bureaucrats, as well as the undead, making this a long and complicated search not only for Rossi but for Dracula as well.

Sure, there are bursts of movement. Theoretically, thirst or, more broadly, desire could become evil in anyone; and, therefore, of all monsters we most easily identify with vampires. The book tells us how to feel, instead of convinces us with rich characterizations.

While the research is necessary especially for a story involving an actual historical figureit is NOT, I repeat: It added a lot of suspense that made me read it with the lights on.

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


For me this book reads like a travelogue, a paean to history, and a love story, with the horror of unspeakable historadora and the race to save loved ones the glue that binds it all together.

Recommended to Meredith by: Its a shame too – it has all the makings of dde great story I think, but it just wasn’t executed properly. Bullshit attempts at letters and storytelling and an epistolary timeline that is everything overwrought, all that is overdramatic and completely devoid of sense and rationality. There should be a realization that this material is fundamentally lowbrow, then go even lower but with class. Paul describes this meeting to his daughter in chapter For more book reviews, and author interviews, go to BookBanter.

Mostly I just got through it, only to discover at the very end, when everything is supposedly wrapped up, with no foreshadowing, she tacks on a “oh by the way, he could still be alive!

Does anyone else find this book a little dumbed-down for historical fiction? Most vampire tales rely on cloaked figures, fangs gleaming, jumping out of dark alleys or taking the shape of a giant bat to prey on their innocent victims. Of course Dracula being Dracula he and his undead minions will stop at nothing to protect their secrets, including the location of Vlad the Impaler’s grave. I was completely engrossed in the story.

Not your average vampire book, eh? The map doesn’t even figure into the conclusion!