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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 »
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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
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Historian on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 21
Absolutely wonderful book! I honestly could not put it down and missed sleep reading this book. Yes, the writing style is a little different than what you're used to but I think that may help with the overall mood of the book. If you like history, following clues and a touch of horrific tension you'll adore this book.
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Helpful Score: 14
I enjoyed this book very much. I notice the reviews where people felt it was a slow read. Although it is a Vampire story, it is more of a historical novel. I love both types of books.If you just want o fnd out "what happens" you may feel impatient. This book is a travelogue, a mystery and a fascinating history of Eastern Europe. This is not a fluff book. I hope you'll give it a try.
sharrona avatar reviewed The Historian on + 207 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
At times while reading the first half of this book, I felt impatient for "the story" to begin. It felt like too much detail, too much background. Looking back, I can see that each twig of detail was important, and was carefully placed to build a roaring bonfire by the story's end. This was a remarkable book, in the development of the story from the point of view of several characters, the view of the past through many layers of stories and sources, and the gradual accumulation of a subtle awareness in the reader's imagination of what might be happening that wasn't quite mentioned, wasn't exactly described, but was only hinted at. This is a book I look forward to reading again in a year or two.
mimibottoms avatar reviewed The Historian on + 58 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
I really enjoyed this book about one family's search through libraries, medieval documents, and beautiful historic cities for the tomb of a monster... Vlad the Impaler, the real man whose crimes and blood-thirsty life inspired the folk legends and Hollywood version of Dracula. The story is told through a woman's flashbacks to her teenager years as she listened to the stories her father told her and had her own experiences in the search. I think this book is very well written with many lively descriptions of people, places, and events. And there are several twist and turns in the story to keep you turning the pages until the very last. Will they be able to find Vlad's tomb? Will Vlad's body be in his tomb or will an empty sarcophagus reveal that the legends are true and he is undead?
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Helpful Score: 12
I really wanted to like this book. I got about halfway through it and could not finish. I loved the scenery descriptions and the writing, but the middle bogged down for me, and I could not finish it - as much as I wanted to. I have so many other books I could not wait to start, and once I did, I could not pick it back up.
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vamplver avatar reviewed The Historian on + 14 more book reviews
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.


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