second novel The Swan Thieves
gets the record for being the novel that took me the longest to finish. You guys, I started this book when I was living in Kansas. And I've been in Maryland for seven months now. And I had already listened to four cds before we moved.
I was hesitant to pick up Kostova's second novel because I only felt meh about The Historian
. However, the premise, an artist who attacks a work of art in the National Gallery, was one that I couldn't resist. I really liked this book. I liked it much more than The Historian
. My enjoyment of the book has nothing to do with how long it took me to finish it. I basically stopped listening to anything when I moved because I had to listen to my GPS. I finally finished it thanks to late night feedings.
Like The Historian
, The Swan Thieves
is long. It involves several narratives and a few different time periods. The relationships between the various characters are carefully crafted. The author unravels the mystery concerning Robert Oliver's at a perfect pace.
By the way, the art in this book is very Impressionist heavy.