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I’d learned nothing from this book about Vlad that Wikipedia hadn’t already told me.

View all 14 comments. Probably taste minty fresh and who is to say that a vampire might not need a scrape and polish now and again? And not just any vampire, but the mack daddy himself, Dracula, the real Vlad the Impaler, who turns out to be the undead.

Basically, people who didn’t enjoy it were out for a Dracula story and thought the history was “a drag”. What dark and unholy specter could be contained in other people’s reviews of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian?

The Historian

It now looks as old and worn as one of the ancient documents fondled so lovingly by the characters who populate the novel. Some chapters are being told by the “dad” charachter- Paul. I loved reading so much about the history of Eastern Europe during the rule of the Ottomans as well as during Communist times.

If that’s how the author wanted to write this, why did she do the letter thing at all?


La historiadora: : ELIZABETH KOSTOVA: Books

With much hesitation, Historriadora read on. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Published June 1st by Little, Brown and Company. Paul xxxx is drawn into a world where history and myth walk hand in hand.

For, thinking about it as an historian, the undead would have lived elizabet an impressive array of eras. I gave this book 3 stars – it could have been 5 stars with another even conventional style of story telling. Yes, her character is supposed to be young, but the writing can be elegant, even with a young and immature subject.

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova. He receives a mysterious book, blank save for the chilling emblem of a dragon at the very center. You, as an adult, should eliazbeth better than to buy into this book’s aesthetically pleasing, inconsequential claptrap. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I thought it was a great mix of both. Kostova has a lovely, almost Victorian style of writing.

The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a kostva she never dreamed of, a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her laa mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

To ask other readers questions about The Historianplease sign up. At its core this is a book about Drakulya, about his history and his impact on those that knew him kosstova those that have hunted the truth about him for centuries. Yes, it has vampires in it and no, it’s not classified as paranormal. Am I really supposed to believe that a character would write a letter hundreds of pages long? Kostova would interject a page dissertation on the history of the church in the times of Vlad the Impaler!


My main character is a historian. Many things will happen in the years that have elapsed before you become the me of today. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of, a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious f To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history The plot contrivances and temporal leaps are not inherently difficult to follow.

The biggest aspect I found to complain about, is that I’d expected a bit more solid history from it, taking in account the title and the premise of the book.

The voluminous research is a real turn-off. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself–to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin elizzbeth ago, when he was a vibrant young kostva and her mother was still alive.

I did enjoy this, all digression and prevarication aside and Elizabeth Kostova can write and is clearly an excellent historian in her own right, which is what pushed me on to the end without feeling the need to drive a stake through my own heart.