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The Historian

Return to Book Page. Preview — The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters.

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 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 fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula.

Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself–to follow her father in a flizabeth that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the elizabethh world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends?

The answers to these questions elizaberh time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe. In city after city, in monasteries and archives, in letters and in secret conversations, the horrible truth emerges about Vlad the Impaler’s dark reign and about a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive down through the ages.

Kindle Editionpages. Published June 1st by Little, Brown and Company. Bartholomew RossiHelen RossiDracula. EuropeAmsterdamNetherlands. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Historian kostovaa, please sign up. Does anyone else find this book a little dumbed-down for historical fiction? I’m only on Chapter 2 and I’m losing interest fast Fiona For heavens eoizabeth, this isn’t really historical fiction!

The title is misleading some of you out there. It’s a beautifully and cleverly written work of …more For heavens sake, this isn’t really historical fiction! It’s a beautifully and cleverly written work of fantasy loosely inspired by an old Eastern European vampire folk tale.


I don’t usually read this sort of fiction because ever since reading Anne Rice’s over-rated Interview with the Vampire, and the subsequent over-reaction to what was in essence a pretty mediocre book, I was totally put off by the modern versions of this genre. The Historian has changed all that. A really good piece of intelligent fantasy, vividly written.

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Have you lost interest? I have lost interest too. I will not finish it. Primerofin I finished the book – but it frequently slowed down. I liked the concept and details of this book. The book is nearly entirely told via people reading something – letters, post cards, ridiculously detailed notes that people seem to have time and effort and skill to write even when in danger.

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This approach was a creative idea – but ultimately it turned all ‘action’ into ‘history’. I guess that’s why its called the historian and I guess that’s why many people find history boring. It’s not the content that is boring it’s the style of story telling.

I zidzieje this book 3 stars – it could have been 5 stars with another even conventional style of story telling. See all 12 questions about The Ksotova. Lists with This Book.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Recommended to Meredith by: Laura Rice said not to read it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While imitation of Henry James is not enough in itself to make me wish undeath on an author, it sucked the blood out of this adventure. Kostova writes The Historian in epistolary form, primarily through letters from a father historian to a daughter presumably historian. 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.

Even with the impressive research, this story is Scooby Doo with no Scooby Snacks. Rather, they make appearances in goofy disguises in libraries and cafes to give books and other clues to especially promising young historians, inspiring the recipients to begin insatiable quests to find out more about this Dracula fellow.

Then, Dracula inevitably shows up again to slap people around a little, so that the historians will be too afraid to continue their research. Stop the mind games, Dracula! Paul describes this meeting to zodziejr daughter in chapter He was taller than I, with thick brown hair and the confident posture of a man who ,ostova his own virility — he would have been magnificent on horseback, riding across the plains with herds of sheep, I thought.

If the author of elizabetb quote had been a man, I would encourage him to openly write gay characters rather than making his characters marry to hide their sexuality. It is true that because of the vagueness of the plot and the epistolary structure, entire chapters and characters could be cut from this book without losing any story. Beyond its rambling descriptions, however, The Historian flounders as a vampire story.

Thirst is the most basic human experience, and all vampires started as humans.

Theoretically, thirst or, more broadly, desire could become evil in anyone; and, therefore, of all monsters we most easily identify with vampires. In The Historianhowever, I am left with the impression that if those historians left poor Dracula alone, he would have wbd kept collecting books.


It was ultimately the research and study, not Dracula himself, that took the historians away from their loved ones and almost destroyed them. View all 96 comments. This has got to be one of the most disappointing books I’ve read in a long time.

Although the descriptions elizaebth 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 pages or so. But as you read it, the book just gets more and more ridiculous.

It’s about ! Or better yet, ignore the book entirely. What bothered me most? I’ll try to make a list of my top issues: One here or there would be fine, even interesting, but it’s as if the kostofa decided ‘here’s how the plot should go’, and couldn’t be bothered elizabsth come up with realistic reasons for characters to do things and just wanted to move them from one point to another.

One of the characters even ends up with amnesia. Like from a bad soap opera! I mean, are you kidding? So stuff just happens. Which leads me to Such as characters getting together romantically, well, just because. zodziej

No build up, no logic, they just do because I guess they’re both there and they have nothing better to do. One reviewer on amazon said that if you take any random section of dialogue from kostpva book, it is impossible to tell which character it came from. The author is completely incapable of creating realistic, breathing characters that zodzzieje different from each other. Instead they all talk the same, they all have the same reactions, the same motives, hook up randomly in the same way, etc.

And for some reason, they all write unbelievably detailed letters. Now I have read a number of great books that use the format of letter writing to convey the plot. Not only are these letters insanely long, but they are insanely detailed as well, creating yet another reason why the book and the characters are completely unbelievable. If that’s how the author wanted to write this, why did she do the letter thing at all?

Which brings me to my final big gripe I’ve leaving the small ones out Because if you are sane, you will get to the ending and go, ‘What? Are you f-n kidding me?? That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard! The ending, especially after pages, has got to be the biggest let down of any major novel in recent years. I won’t spoil it here however badly I want to vent about itbut I swear to you: Ignore it, read something else.