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Have you ever read a book that you find yourself wanting to carry on reading even when there are no further pages other than the blank ones at the end? Well, that's exactly how I felt as I put down the Historian by Elizabeth Kostova today.

This gothic and atmospheric book essentially follows our narrator through a journey of discovery, through a series of letters, documents and storys retold. The tale is of three generations of historians each gifted with a mysterious book - which seems to show some dark and dangerous paths back to their origins in the hands of the one and only Vlad Tepes - aka Dracula.

The letters lead a tale through mystery and libraries across the world, centering on the grim landscapes of Eastern Europe - and how gloriously those landscapes are described. Having recently returned from a tour of Eastern Europe myself, I had no problems picturing many of the wonderful places that Kostova so perfectly describes, but even the Countries that I have not had the pleasure to visit are also easily imaginable.

What results from these wonderful descriptions, and the well researched and substantiated medieval history that Kostova describes is one seriously addictive, highly atmospheric, thrilling novel that you absolutely can not put down! I highly recommend this book to all. Yes, it is a little dark and disturbing in places. And yes, the manner in which the story unfolds (through the course of letters and documents) can perhaps be a little confusing to some (I know my mother got a little confused!), but this novel is so rich and indulgent that you can't help the curiosity of finding out more!

And hopefully you'll be as sad when it's finished as I am. Not because of the nature of the tale. But because I could continue to read Kostova's well written verse for a long long time yet!


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Oct. 31st, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh! I was given a copy of this for my birthday. I thought it looked interesting so it's wonderful to hear such good things about it! :)
Nov. 1st, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Ooh I love gothic settings! I'm going to add this to my amazon list! :D
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