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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
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Jul 02, 12

bookshelves: psychoworld, mysteria, mindblowingsomething, knowledge-inside, modern
Read in July, 2012

"What did you think?" goodreads is asking me. I think it was absolutely brilliant.

Robert Oliver, a talented artist just got into a psychiatric clinic for trying to damage a painting in the museum. He's refusing to talk with his doctor, 24/7 he's painting a beautiful unknown lady. He has left his wife and two little children because of the beautiful unknown lady he's painting 24/7. He has left his lover who he seemed to love because of the beautiful unknown lady he's painting 24/7. He's skipping work, doesn't seem to notice anything around, he's just painting the beautiful unknown lady 24/7. Who the hell is this lady? Sometimes she's smiling from his artworks, sometimes she's sad or lost in her own thoughts, sometimes she's scared or freaking out, but on every painting she seems so incredibly real, as if Robert knows her better than anyone else.

The doctor starts his own investigation trying to understand Robert's motives and the truth is slowly revealing like the impressionist masterpiece, stroke by stroke. The story's diving into the artist's soul, leads us through memories, endless questions and ghosts of the past, it uncovers the sickening obsession, cruel desire of revenge and the weirdest love in all possible dimensions.

By no means should this book be compared to "the Historian", though "the Historian" was also good. Highly recommended for all mystery lovers, romantic and artistic souls and just those who enjoy a fascinating plot, a mixture of feelings and emotions, some sort of a detective novel, a little bit of XIX century, which you wouldn't want to put away. Devoured the whole 500 pages book within 2 days, this doesn't happen often :)

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