The Swan Thieves is a novel by American author Elizabeth Kostova. The ” old painter” described in the book before the first chapter is Alfred Sisley. The Swan Thieves: A Novel [Elizabeth Kostova] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession. The Swan Thieves [Elizabeth Kostova] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. trade 1st edition 1st printing paperback, fine In stock shipped from.

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A clever, if somewhat soapy, retelling of the Dracula myth, The Historian flattered its readers with its aura of academic seriousness and set the stage for the current wave of vampire chic.

Kostova chose not to do this, and the book suffers for it. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. I thought the yhe used different points of view and writing styles well, blending first person narratives in the past and present tenses, third person narratives in the present tense and letters to create an elaborate whole piece by piece.

Do a hundred drawings a day,’ he said fiercely. Thievess spoils her readers with research for those of you who have read The Historian, you will recall how well-researched her writing is.

The narrative temporally flows between Marlow’s search, Robert’s past and 19th century Paris. I enjoyed the pace e,izabeth this book. Aug 07, Pat rated it really liked it. If you appreciate art, or art history, you will love the beautiful evocation of French Impressionism as well as the ride you take with art across centuries, with a few love stories as your anchor, of course.

I want to feel the intensity of an artist’s focus.

You can also tell that Kostova knows her history, painting methods, and that sort of thing. Andrew Marlow, the psychiatrist, ends up having to go to the women in the painter’s life in order to figure out the mystery because the painter refuses to speak. We need a book about a secret history that’s about pages, but people don’t like long chapters so the chapters cant’ be longer than 7 pages.


And the plot, such as it is, also had me unmoved. The other theme that is addressed in more than one storyline is that of love overcoming age barriers.

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I also thought the book way too long and it was an effort to finish it. This tale was a mystery, but realistic. After about one third of the book, the ending was already pretty predictable. And the final question is–was this really worth pages? She is an intelligent writer who knows how to ewan a thrilling and beautiful story.

I savored this one, going back into chapters I’d read three or four days before, lingering over words, phrases, entire paragraphs, and the quintessential delight of letting those words come together as pictures in my mind. But Oliver is uncooperative and mute, though he conveniently gives Marlow permission to talk to anyone in his life before falling silent. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Until you forget most of that book, you’re stuck puzzling over what happened to them after you closed it.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova: review

As she did in The HistorianKostova has created a masterful tale of overpowering obsession More from the web.

See all 3 questions about The Swan Thieves…. A little ghost story to add to the tortured artist meme would have been a juicy plot.

Yeah, and didn’t that Girl elizabethh the Pearl Earring? May 04, Shelah rated it it was amazing. I fully expected it to turn out that Beatrice de Clerval was Robert Oliver’s grandmother or something.


I was genuinely interested in all the characters and their stories, and just like in The Historian, Kostova used her powerful descriptive ability to bring things to life – rather elizaheth the Eastern European cities that popped out of The Historian’s pages, The Swan Thieves is full of descriptions of paintings and sketches that don’t need any visual illustration for me to picture them in kkostova mind.

That’s not how life works. Criticism aside this book isn’t really that bad. Just from the way she chose to reveal bits here and there, I think that the reader is supposed to make these connections along with the main character. But that’s not where Kostova wants to go. I personally like to call this the Robert Langdon effect.

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He is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding this complicated and silent new patient; he is a dedicated physician who enjoys the simple pleasures in life. One is with her husband’s uncle. I could smell the oil paint, see the strokes and the composition. He forces her to turn over everything she paints so he can claim it as his work. The narrative induces the elegance of France, while still placing the reader carefully back into the modern era.

They were once lovers, but broke up when the one went to live in France with de Clerval’s daughter. Mar 09, Ricki Treleaven rated it it was amazing Shelves: