by Elizabeth Kostova
It's easy to see why there are so many good reviews for The Historian. It's also easy to see why other readers may not have liked it so much. It's not a quick read. It's very, very detailed and moves somewhat slowly, so if I had been reading this rather than listening, I may have been more impatient with it. For me, it successfully had the same feel to it as Stoker's Dracula, but I admit it has been many years since I read that. Someone who read them closer in time may disagree.
What I loved about the book was that the majority of the tale is told in the form of letters. For some reason, that technique makes what could be a bit dull much more exciting for me to read. I've seen complaints that the letters are amazingly elaborate for missives that were supposed to have been dashed off in a hurry. I cannot disagree with that as an observation, but I had no problem overlooking it. The style captured exactly what I would have wanted in a book of this kind.
I have no life lessons to pass on from my reading of this debut novel except maybe if you suddenly find a mysterious book in your possession which is empty except for an eerie woodcut of a dragon, stock up on silver bullets, crucifixes and garlic. :-)
NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!