November 23, 2011

Book Review: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The HistorianThe Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would give this 3.5 stars.  I really loved the writing and descriptions.  If you enjoy vivid descriptions of mouth-watering food and exotic European locations, then this is the book for you.  It also has a lot of interesting Eastern European history that I didn't know much about, fascinating actually.  It has piqued my interest to read more about Bulgaria, Hungary, Turkey, Romania, etc.  Although it is a book about Dracula and vampires, it is not gory or horror filled in any way.  Some ancient torture practices are briefly discussed, but not dwelt upon.  The book does has an eerie quality to it at times, which I found kind of cool, maybe not for everyone though.  I liked the characters and story line.  When I was reading the book, I was interested and engaged, but found I could also easily put it down.  The most frustrating part about this book is the length.  I am a very fast reader and would set down after reading for an hour or two and feel like I hadn't made any progress with my bookmark.  I didn't feel like I was reading slow and it's not difficult to read....perhaps I have lost my super reading ability (I am going to blame my kids), or perhaps this is just a really long book and it took me a while. 

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