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He leaves Goldengrove a few days later. I wasn’t vested in them.

There is love and heartbreak, partnership and betrayal, but passion is elucidated–passion and the treachery of purpose. But Kostova doesn’t properly question this.

What would drive a man to commit such an act — in particular a man that lives and breathes art himself? Robert spontaneously recovers–not sure how–and is able to sign himself out of the mental hospital and he moves away and no one sees him again but he becomes even more famous.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

I am currently back in school getting a degree in Graphic Design. One is with her husband’s uncle. Who, as it turns out, actually already knows pretty much the whole story, but decides to start talking again because I want to watch an artist paint, to smell the fumes emanating from the paint brush, to see the forms take shape on the once-blank canvas.


I think because he was never really ill, myself. It seems that my artist friends tend to like it better than my non-artist friends, which I imagine is due to the subject matter.

Allegedly reluctant to talk about her ex-husband, Kate Oliver narrates a great number of chapters, in which eliazbeth learn far too much about her and very little insightful about Robert. Perhaps the reader is changed as well after reading such a book: When you enjoy a book by one author you have high hopes for their next book.

I found I really didn’t much care about the characters or what happened to them.

I suppose that Robert was intended to be egnimatic. Her descriptions of paintings reflect the learnings kotsova an art historian. And the final question is–was this really worth pages? Some reviews have suggested this is a flaw, but I’m not convinced that the author was trying to make any of the revelations shocking.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova: review

View all 72 comments. I love reading about painting. To ask other readers questions about The Swan Thievesplease sign up. That said, I wasn’t as impressed with this as I was “The Historian.

Mary though is the worst of the modern narrators. To give them that hhieves character is to assume that the letters themselves are covering up something that is going on between the lines.


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This isn’t The Time Traveler’s Wife! But it is long, and honestly without much of a payoff. Why not show the reader this at least once in the book, instead of just returning to this phrase anytime one wsan forget that this sad-sack is supposed to be a man of talent.

The bizarre hyper real artists that she has created live in a little art bubble where there’s only art. The Swan Thieves by Sswan Kostova. 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. Maybe, and I mean only just maybehe’d just sit back and listen if Kate was his patient, and they were doing some Freudian thivees.

Regardless, I enjoy Kostova’s writing style and I stayed with it to the very end. Know it all older men who really couldn’t find a door right in front of their noses.