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I am a self described book nerd.  I’ve read a TON, and still have piles and piles to get through.  I’ve loved most of them, simply because they’re books.  There have been quite a few that were crap, but until now, I’ve never been one to “review” books.  Simply, because, who the hell am I to say that a book is good or bad?  It is published isn’t it?  Someone liked, or likes, it!

So, I’ll keep it short and sweet.  Take it, or leave it. Check out the book if you so wish.  I usually like to let individuals decide to love a book, or hate it.  And I don’t like putting thoughts into other people’s heads before they’ve even opened the damn thing.

Except, of course, “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck.  If you haven’t read it, read it. It’s the most amazing book…of all time.  If you disagree, you’re an idiot.

Joking.  Kind of.

“The Swan Thieves” by Elizabeth Kostova


(taken from Amazon.com)

Andrew Marlow, a psychiatrist, has a perfectly ordered life–solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when the renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes Marlow’s patient.

When Oliver refuses to talk or cooperate, Marlow finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this silent genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.Moving from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.


my two cents:

There is something about historical fiction, that ignites my passion for reading.  I’d say that I am a “romantic”, and thoroughly enjoy reading all about forbidden loves, intrigue, passion, and crazy people, especially when it takes place before the 1900s.  The author has weaved the story line through two completely different eras, and has done it seemlessly.

I loved Elizabeth Kostova’s first novel, “The Historian”, so I was excited to read her second.  She has amazing attention to detail, and is known to actually research her subject to make sure that those minor, but important, details are accurate.

If I had to give it stars, I’d probably give it 4 out of 5.  I mean, it was good, but it is definitely no “East of Eden.”

(Seriously, if you don’t read this book, read “East of Eden.)