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L'historiador (2005)

de Elizabeth Kostova

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A young woman discovers an ancient book and a cache of old letters in her father's library, and thus begins her adventurous quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, a search that will span continents and generations, and a confrontation with the darkest powers of evil.
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    Joles: Both of these books share a great deal of research and they keep you speeding through one chapter to the next. Oh...and they both have Dracula....
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Mozart - Too many notes.
Historian - Too many quotation marks, and too many words.

I got two books to read while recuperating from major surgery two years ago. The Historian, and American Gods. Because American Gods was a paperback, it was easier to hold up and read while recuperating, I started with it. It moved right along, and had nice little little literary surprises every few pages. It was hard to put down, was a little dirty in places, and I was done with it before I was fully recovered. The Historian was a heavy hardback, I shlepped with all of my other gear to the twice a week lab follow ups. Much slower moving. Everything is a letter, or quote from something else. Clean as a whistle, never racy anywhere. Every chapter starts with one of more quotation marks. You know those friends who facebook every meal? It's like that with words. Lots of words. I would read for a while, but then manage to not read it for a long time. Two years later, I finished it, because "I had to." It has some good stuff in it, but a bit predictable, the characters had little sizzle, and I don't have the soul of a research librarian. It was too much like work. ( )
  bobunwired | Nov 19, 2022 |
It was darn hard to finish. Not because I didn't like it - I did. Sort of. It has peculiar quality to it – tediousness of reading for prolonged periods of time. I read it in parts. I put it away and picked up after months of neglect. It just couldn't keep me glued to the pages.

Let me put it this way: it's somewhat nice one-time read but I wouldn't recommend it , but I would not actively discourage anyone from reading it either. It has it's good points, but I can't say I remember much from the book.

FINAL VERDICT: Read and forget experience I'd say

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1 vota QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
A page-turner to the very end, I did not want to put this book down for a single second. A perfect read for a rainy, dreary day. I loved the exotic cities and libraries the characters explored, and felt the need to look over my shoulder at every little noise. I loved the atmosphere Kostova created.
Not your typical vampire novel, for sure. ( )
  liannecollins | Jun 10, 2022 |
Enjoyable and interesting. Not always as exciting as I would like, but it appealed to the historian in me, and the treasure hunter. I think the book could have been shortened some - it seemed to cover a lot of ground and detail that might not have really been necessary. I had to suspend my disbelief many times over the fortuitous/coincidental instances where the main characters met up with just the right person to keep their hunt going. ( )
  MarkLacy | May 29, 2022 |
Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges 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 evil hidden in the depths of history

Well I enjoyed this. Bit of a love story, lots of history (if that's not real historical stuff it's very well made up!), not TOO heavy on the vampire stuff, though of course Dracula does make an appearance several times.

Whilst the daughter is prevalent at the start of the book, she does get "lost" in the middle, and makes a smallish appearance at the end of the book, which was a bit of a disappointment, as she was the one who initiated the story at the beginning ( )
1 vota nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
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Vlad Lit: don't flirt with it, just sink your teeth right in
 
When, after many other allusions to historians and historicism, Kostova introduced a character whose last name is Hristova, I was tempted to run out to a pharmacy for some antihristomine.

What's unfortunate about this overload is that the book -- which seems to want to do for historians what ''Possession'' did for literary scholars -- is otherwise the kind of wonderfully paced yarn that would make a suitable companion to a deck chair, a patch of sun and some socklessness.
 
In a ponderous, many-layered book that is exquisitely versed in the art of stalling, Ms. Kostova steeps her readers in Dracula lore. She visits many libraries, monasteries, relics of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, crypts, restaurants, scholars and folk-song-singing peasants. Every now and then a mysterious pale, sinister figure will materialize, only to vanish bewilderingly. The book's characters find this a lot more baffling than readers will.
 
Stuffed with rich, incense-laden cultural history and travelogue, The Historian is a smart, bibliophilic mystery in the same vein (sorry) as A.S. Byatt's Possession--but without all that poetry.
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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Elizabeth Kostovaautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Eyre, JustineNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Michael, PaulNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ram, TitiaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schroderus, ArtoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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How these papers have been placed in sequence will be
made manifest in the reading of them. All needless matters have
been eliminated, so that a history almost at variance with the
possibilities of later-day belief may stand forth as simple fact.
There is throughout no statement of past things wherein memory
may err, for all the records chosen are exactly contemporary,
given from the stand-points and within the range
of knowledge of those who made them.


     —Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897
What sort of place had I come to, and among what kind of
people? What sort of grim adventure was it on which I had
embarked? . . . I began to rub my eyes and pinch myself to see if
I were awake. It all seemed like a horrible nightmare to me, and I
expected that I should suddenly awake, and find myself at home,
with the dawn struggling in through the windows, as I had now
and again felt in the morning after a day of overwork. But my
flesh answered the pinching test, and my eyes were not to be
deceived. I was indeed awake and among the Carpathians. All
I could do now was to be patient, and to wait the coming
of the morning.

     
—Bram Stoker, Dracula,1897
There was one great tomb more lordly than all the rest; huge it was,
and nobly proportioned. On it was but one word,


     DRACULA.

     —Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897.
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For my father,
who first told me
some of these stories
Primeres paraules
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A Note To The Reader

The story that follows is one I never intended to commit to paper.
In 1972 I was sixteen—young, my father said, to be traveling with him on his diplomatic missions.
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"To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history . . ."
"My dear and unfortunate successor . . ."
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Please do not combine with any abridged editions of The Historian.
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A young woman discovers an ancient book and a cache of old letters in her father's library, and thus begins her adventurous quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, a search that will span continents and generations, and a confrontation with the darkest powers of evil.

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