[Lireing] ➮ The Historian ➶ Elizabeth Kostova – Horse-zine.co.uk

The Historian files The Historian, read online The Historian, free The Historian, free The Historian, The Historian dabc05ccd If Your Pulse Flutters At The Thought Of Castle Ruins And Descents Into Crypts By Moonlight, You Will Savor Every Creepy Page Of Elizabeth Kostova S Long But Beautifully Structured Thriller The Historian The Story Opens In Amsterdam In , When A Teenage Girl Discovers A Medieval Book And A Cache Of Yellowed Letters In Her Diplomat Father S Library The Pages Of The Book Are Empty Except For A Woodcut Of A Dragon The Letters Are Addressed To My Dear And Unfortunate Successor When The Girl Confronts Her Father, He Reluctantly Confesses An Unsettling Story His Involvement, Twenty Years Earlier, In A Search For His Graduate School Mentor, Who Disappeared From His Office Only Moments After Confiding To Paul His Certainty That Dracula Vlad The Impaler, An Inventively Cruel Ruler Of Wallachia In The Mid Th Century Was Still Alive The Story Turns Out To Concern Our Narrator Directly Because Paul S Collaborator In The Search Was A Fellow Student Named Helen Rossi The Unacknowledged Daughter Of His Mentor And Our Narrator S Long Dead Mother, About Whom She Knows Almost Nothing And Then Her Father, Leaving Just A Note, Disappears Also As Well As Numerous Settings, Both In And Out Of The East Bloc, Kostova Has Three Basic Story Lines To Keep Straight One From , When Professor Bartolomew Rossi Begins His Dangerous Research Into Dracula, One From , When Professor Rossi S Student Paul Takes Up The Scent, And The Main Narrative From The Criss Crossing Story Lines Mirror The Political Advances, Retreats, Triumphs, And Losses That Shaped Dracula S Beleaguered Homeland Sometimes With The Byzantines On Top, Sometimes The Ottomans, Sometimes The Rag Tag Local Tribes, Or The Orthodox Church, And Sometimes A Fresh Conqueror Like The Soviet Union Although The Book Is Appropriately Suspenseful And A Delight To Read Even The Minor Characters Are Distinctive And Vividly Seen Its Most Powerful Moments Are Those That Describe Real Horrors Our Narrator Recalls That After Reading Descriptions Of Vlad Burning Young Boys Or Impaling A Large Family, She Tried To Forget The Words For All His Attention To My Historical Education, My Father Had Neglected To Tell Me This History S Terrible Moments Were Real I Understand Now, Decades Later, That He Could Never Have Told Me Only History Itself Can Convince You Of Such A Truth The Reader, Although Given A Satisfying Ending, Gets A Strong Enough Dose Of European History To Temper The Usual Comforts Of The Closing Words Regina MarlerIt Would Take A Lot To Kill A Runaway Bestseller Like Kostova S Debut Though The Audiobook Doesn T Quite Drive A Stake Through Its Heart, Neither Does It Do It Any Favors With Six Actors Including Martin Jarvis, Jim Ward, Rosalyn Landor And Robin Atkin Downe Playing Twice As Many Roles, The Audio Would Benefit From A Listing Of The Cast And Characters Rather Than The Unhelpful In Order Of Appearance Credit On The Box Listeners Learn About A Centuries Long Vampire Hunt From A Historian, Paul Boutsikaris , As He Slowly Tells The Saga Of His Covert Research To His Teenage Daughter Whalley, Whose Lush Whispery Voice And Conspiratorial Attitude Is Most Convincing Paul S Tale Is Supposed To Be A Secret, Painfully Pried From Him By His Daughter For Whose Safety He Fears, But Boutsikaris Recites It In A Nonchalant And Impersonal Way Most Disappointing, Though, Is The Voice Of Dracula Himself His Accent And Delivery Is Exactly The Stereotypical Vampire Voice Used By Everyone From Bela Lugosi To Sesame Street S The Count The Eerie Swelling String Music Is A Nice Touch Copyright Reed Business Information, A Division Of Reed Elsevier Inc All Rights Reserved

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