The Historian
Reviewed by- linda (2010/12/07, 07:07 PM)
A long weighty novel that is meticulously researched and beautifully written. Elizabeth Kostova renders detailed descriptions of the people and customs of the late medieval period of Eastern Europe and presents these facts in an interesting, engaging manner, immersing the reader in this period. The primary narrator is the unnamed daughter of a Historian who is searching for the secret tomb of Dracula; it takes place in the 1930ís 50ís and 70ís. The authorís approach to the rather tough subject of vampires is sophisticated, informative and interesting. One fascinating aspect of the book follows Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler, notorious for his cruel and torturous punishments and quite possibly an inspiration for Bram Stokerís novel Dracula. Although the book does delve into the folklore and legend of Dracula, itís not your typical vampire book in that itís not action driven, but rather focuses on the history of this legend and a vampire adjusting to modern times. If you are looking for a thriller with blood and gore, this is not the book for you. The book starts strong, but I found it plodded a bit in places as Elizabeth Kovtova's writing style became overly descriptive. One moment I was spellbound, the next wading through too much detail. In summary a good choice for those who like big books (750+ pages) and donít mind plots that although interesting, meander somewhat.Back.

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