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The Historian de Elizabeth Kostova
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The Historian (2005 original; edició 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.
Membre:jilyna
Títol:The Historian
Autors:Elizabeth Kostova
Informació:Little, Brown and Company (2005), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 642 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:fiction, historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, horror, travelogue, vampires, Dracula, Eastern Europe

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L'Historiador de Elizabeth Kostova (2005)

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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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I really enjoyed this book about the hunt for Dracula. A riveting story of love, betrayal and murder told alternately from the young woman's (whose name is never actually revealed) point of view, and, in flashbacks, from that of her father, the novel, while long, is a page-turner. ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
This book will bore you to undeath.

In the hands of Bram Stoker, telling the story of Dracula through multiple narrators added to the mystery, tension, and suspense. In the hands of Kostova, you can't tell a 16-year-old girl in 1972 from her Romanian mother, her American father, or his English mentor writing twenty to forty years prior. They all sound the same, and they all sound like travel writers who have no ear for dialogue, and no sense of pacing or suspenseful storytelling. That this book takes almost 700 pages to tell an utterly unconvincing, uncompelling story is scarier than anything between the covers.

In the more interesting vampire stories, the vampire is usually driven by something more compelling than the need for a good librarian(!)(?). I won't spoil the dramatic climax to the book since there is none. If you're able to read that scene without staring at the pages in disbelief (and not in a good way, I might add), then all I can say is, Wow, really?

Don't ask me why I read the whole thing. I think I was just curious to know why the publisher would pony up a multimillion-dollar advance to a first-time author. While I'm no closer to understanding why, at least I didn't suffer any permanent damage (at least not physical). The psychological scars and wasted time (hours of my life gone) will take longer to heal. But you don't have to end up like me. If you find a copy of this book lying in a study carrel, just leave it there.

You've been warned. ( )
  alexlubertozzi | May 24, 2021 |
Finally finished it by listening to the audiobook. I liked it better in that medium. It's dense and slow moving. The historical parts sound correct, but I don't know enough about Vlad to know if that's actually the case. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Viene de un cambio del grupo de Facebook, pero ya me lo había leído, se lo envío a Conchi, abril de 2021
  Tatilake | Mar 14, 2021 |
Kind of pleasantly written - like JK Rowling writing Stephen King - but the last third of the book with its rushed/bizarre explanation of what the heck has been going on, and its stupid epilogue, holds it back. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
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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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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
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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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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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