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This long novel has a memorable opening; a painter attempts to attack a nineteenth century painting in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Rene said elizsbeth It’s amazing how one man’s meat is another man’s poison – I absolutely loved this book from first to last page. I adored The Historian and could not wait to see what story she set pen to next. This could have been easily fixed, of course, by writing the entire book in the third person.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

It seems somehow not quite sexual enough, to put it baldly; his manner of noting a koostova woman seems remarkably like how Kostvoa might notice her, with admiration rather than attraction, or with a faint note of envy, of silently measuring her attractiveness against an internal standard of beauty and personal style. I have many problems with the book. From the first two pages of the introduction, I was absolutely absorbed by it.

I have been around artists my entire life. I read the book some time ago and have recently been listening to the audio version I never understood what it was that made him feel so compelled by her work or her story.

First, although the main character acknowledges he is violating psychiatric practice, he really goes way beyond what would be considered psychiatrically ethical. In this novel, she’s pinging between multiple locations and countries – and time periods – and it was all believable. There were things I enjoyed in this novel including some of the writing with its descriptions of art, although, all in all, it was much about nothing.


The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova: review – Telegraph

This isn’t really explored. Sep 26, Aguess rated it liked it. Enjoyed The Historian, but this is a real slog with characters that make you cringe. Uncle then moved to Algeria and they never saw each other again.

If art is a feeling, then painting is that feeling expressed in shapes and colors: Who, as it turns out, actually already knows pretty much the whole story, but decides to start talking again because I just finished reading this book and decided to write some comments: A very awan second book from Ms. Psychologist Robert Marlowe acquires the renowned painter Robert Oliver as his patient, and subsequently travels around meeting people who might be able to shed thieeves light on the reasons behind Oliver’s breakdown.

And I’ve always loved and trusted the graceful simplicity of Kostova’s writing, the way her words glide across the page with a rhythm that advances plot, dialogue, and exposition in integrated fashion.

I should have trusted my gut about half-way through to abandon. Back and forth across America and the Atlantic he goes, in search of the artist’s former wife, his lover, his paintings and colleagues, looking for facts to unlock his mind and reveal not only why he attacked the painting but why he continues to paint over and over, from memory, a mysterious, dark-haired woman.

This was, in a word, disappointing. But the problem with creating a character that is hard to relate to is that he is hard to relate to. So he’s the focal point but almost a non character because he is never a narrator, and these narrators Marlow’s evolution from someone, who elected perhaps involuntarily not to be part of the passions and sorrows of life and become a detached observer, into a person who discovers my favorite phrase the mitosis of love, is gratifying. Oliver’s inexplicable behavior, which includes poring over a stolen cache of old letters written in French, triggers what I can only call a rampant countertransference response in Marlow, whose overwhelming obsession becomes a strange and frequently far-fetched journey of discovery as he persists to the point of trespass and invasion.


Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Oliver isn’t talking, and it’s up to his psychiatrist, Andrew Marlowe, to piece together the clues in an attempt to restore the man’s mind. The novel’s historical element is introduced through translations of old letters Oliver let Marlow see before he went silent.

I decided that no, the It has been a long time since I’ve read a book that made me hungry for the next word, whose pages or so flew by in an instant, and that after finishing it, I could scarcely breathe and think about anything else for the next few hours.

All leading to one revelation Instead, she romanticises art and artists.

Robert Oliver, a notable artist, has attempted to attack a p 4.