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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
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Jan 06, 11

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Read from January 04 to 06, 2011

This was my first reading from Elizabeth Kostova, though I heard an interview with her on NPR back when The Historian was published. I had high hopes for her ability to craft a sweeping Story that spanned generations and continents. On that, she did not disappoint.

Her strengths resound on a large scale and she seems to pull threads from a variety of viewpoints and weave them together. I loved living with artists and becoming immersed in painting, art history, and technique.

The only downside was that about 3/4 through the novel became seriously tedious. Not the kind of old-English-classic tedious that yields rich results if you can settle in and make it though, but the kind of stretcher that makes you wonder if the author is shooting for a certain number of pages.

It resolved well and interestingly, which counts for quite a lot in my book, but the lag also results in the loss of a star. If I were allowed, I would actually give it 3 1/2 stars.
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amber After reading the Historian, I've always wondered about this. Definitely excited to hear what you think.


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