Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Elizabeth Kostova: The Historian

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova. wow, this book was terrible. i have a slight problem where once i start a book, i will not stop, almost without exception, even if they are this bad. seriously, this book is not good.

i have a soft spot for historical fiction, so i'm thinking, ok, maybe i will like it? no. the characters bop around from place to place so quickly that i can't even keep track of where they are. i don't like fantasy at all, or vampires, so that pretty much ruled out this book, but as i said above, once i open a book, i'm committed. plus, 700 pages? you've got to be kidding me. there might have been enough plot for 700 pages if kostova had actually told the story instead of using every possible literary device known to (wo)man to tell the story: letters, stories about letters, diaries, etc. come on! just tell the stinking story already.

anyway, i have nothing really nice to say about the book, except that, well, the ending was, ok? i guess? if you like that kind of ending? i won't spoil it. just avoid the book. oh, one more thing- if you like fast reads, and that's what you're looking for, this book also sucks, because it weighs, seriously, like 10 pounds. who wants to carry a 10 pound book around in their bag, while they're waiting for the bus, on the airplane, etc? not me.

yuck. skip it.