The Swan Thieves is a novel by American author Elizabeth Kostova. The ” old painter” described in the book before the first chapter is Alfred Sisley. The Swan Thieves: A Novel [Elizabeth Kostova] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession. Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver.
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The Swan Thieves: A Novel: Elizabeth Kostova: : Books
This was, in a word, disappointing. I wanted to jump in the car, take a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the National Gallery, and sit quietly with the beauty of the paintings all around me. Exquisite prose and a dose of romance without being overly sentimental furthered my overall enjoyment. Why is elizqbeth guy not just sent to jail, anyway?
I am no arts major, a painter of any kind, but the little passion I have for paintings and its beauty makes me appreciate this novel. Kostova’s masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to elizabeht late 20th, from young rlizabeth to last love.
I was, apparently, one of the few people not giddy about The Historian.
The Swan Thieves
But then you know I didn’t much care for this book. I didn’t quite grasp the intruding figure that shackled this painter’s mind and left him a bit unhinged, but the sanity of the artist has never been mine to understand. I love reading about painting.
He lets Marlow take copies, but since Marlowe can’t read French, the letters have to be translated and swqn mailed to him as the translations are completed.
Usually this sort of switching irritates me, so it’s a mark of the author’s skill that in this case I thought it perfectly suited the book. But the way this story was structured took away from the focus of the main character and so it wasn’t great.
I fully expected it to turn out that Beatrice kosttova Clerval was Robert Oliver’s grandmother or something.
I’ve listened to enough that I can participate in the discussion, and giive it a thumbs down. Legions of fans of the first book have been waiting impatiently, or perhaps even obsessively, for this novel. The Swan Thieves is the kind of book that has the reader desire to start right over when the end is reached. I do that when a book I am reading is well over pgs, so it might help. Robert was for the reader just as he was for each of the characters who knew him. So the last scene in the book is a short while later, as she is returning from her errand–presumably delivering the documents to the village mayor that Marlowe eventually finds.
Even the day after, I find my mind drifting to the complex plot, the inscrutable and complicated characters and mulling over the series of events, to see if there could have been any other way the story could have ended, or even begun.
We need a book about a secret history that’s about pages, but people don’t like long chapters so the chapters cant’ be longer than 7 pages. After revisiting my review of The HistorianI realized that I’m not convinced by Kostova’s mystery–there is not the expected crescendo that leaves me spellbound.
All is revealed in the final pages but it is a long wait. Every few months I come across a book that’s so smart, I’m impressed by the author’s skills as a researcher and writer and want to soak up more of her genius.
He goes to great lengths to paint her, learn about her, etc. Not quite–it’s not quite that bad.
Get to Know Us. But the problem with creating a character that is hard to relate to is that he is hard to relate to. Like the painters in the novel here, it is an innate talent; something that can be quite ineffable. Marlow is himself a painter, and the Oliver case has been given to him because of his knowledge of art. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The super short chapters.
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova: review – Telegraph
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. A forbidden love is both haunting and tender. The plotting and characters are quite interesting, but the reader needs to plough through a lot of words to understand the relevance of all the elements in this novel. There was no big surprise.
It might have helped if Kostova had given Oliver e,izabeth chance to tell his own story. Discover what thieeves read next. Great the main character is elziabeth gifted psychiatrist who can ‘make a stone talk’. But all different in their own quirky way. He has dubious skills as a psychiatrist, thievds could someone be a doctor, an “educated man,” and not figure out what was going on in the first five minutes.
I was able to figure out “the twist” fairly quickly. Kate’s mother, Kate’s feelings about parenthood, pretentious conversations between art students in bars, her first dates with Robert and what she did to try to fascinate him, frankly inappropriate rhapsodizing about Robert’s body. The deeper in he gets the more Marlowe wonders if he is really doing this for his patient or for himself and he begins to sean a mystery that has haunted many lives for over a century. Robert Oliver is a painter on the cusp of fame.
A marriage, of course, based on true love? Kostova chose not to do this, and the book suffers for kosotva. Why did Robert write that?
This was fiction, though Berthe Morisot has existed, but it was for me still worth reading.
Nothing else he does seems to be particularly mentally unbalanced, really, and his refusal to speak is less a symptom than a plot device. She has a knack for turn of phrase. I have read many great lengthy novels where, turning the last page, I wanted more.