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The Historian
The Historian
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
"My Dear and Unfortunate Successor: — It is with regret that I imagine you, whoever you are, reading the account I must put down here. The regret is partly for myself -- because I will surely be at least in trouble, maybe dead, or perhaps worse, if this is in your hands. But my regret is also for you, my yet-unknown friend, because only by s...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780739463062
ISBN-10: 0739463063
Publication Date: 1/1/2005
Pages: 642
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Paperback
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To my dear and unfortunate successor...
I found this book endlessly fascinating. My husband gave up on it.

I don't mind books that get a little long winded when it comes to detail, and this book reads like a good Dracula mystery just as much as it does a European travelogue. The action and suspense is spaced between pages of seemingly mundane detail of buildings, landscapes, and other observations. I was not distracted by it in the least. Others, however (husband included) simply could not get past it.

I found this book to be imaginative, creepy, and suspenseful. It was a creative new look at a very common subject and I thought Kostova did a very good job of bringing a sense of legitimate mystery and fear back into a character that is so easily made into a cliche.

Once I started this book, I was unable to put it down and was sad to see it end, yet this book won't be for everyone. I think its writing style will appeal to just as many people as it will turn away. For me, there was something about the story itself, the plight of the characters, the endless researching of ancient bone-colored books, the ever present threat of Dracula himself, that had me hooked from the very beginning.

From my perspective, this is an absolute must-read. But it's impossible to say what types of readers will agree with me.
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good read. It's like a cross between "Dracula" and the "The Da Vinci Code".
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So very good! On the edge of my seat and sometimes just a little too scary! Up there with Salem's Lot!
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A young woman, who is a historian, writes of her search for her father, also a historian. He vanished mysteriously, years after her mother's disappearance. This tale is intermingled with her father's story of the search for his own mentor, who also vanished abruptly and under strange circumstances. All of this is tied up with their research into Dracula, who is still alive and immensely, creepily evil. At times, the book is fast-paced and spell-binding, but there are long sections of meditative and graphic descriptions of historical sites, monasteries and historical documents. The book made me want to visit Turkey and learn more about medieval history. The depiction of the characters and places is excellent and extremely vivid, including the description of Vlad Tepes and the horrors he perpetrated on humanity. If you enjoy reading atmospheric books with believable, well-depicted characters and sites, then you will enjoy this book, but if you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, then this is not for you.
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i couldnt get into this book. so hard to follow.
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This is a real vampire tale- scary and full of good historical references.
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I was entertained. I love books with history, detail. You will too if that's the type of book you are interested in.