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As well as numerous settings, both in and out of the East Bloc, Kostova has three basic story lines to keep straight--one from 1930, when Professor Bartolomew Rossi begins his dangerous research into Dracula, one from 1950, when Professor Rossi's student Paul takes up the scent, and the main narrative from 1972. The criss-crossing story lines mirror the political advances, retreats, triumphs, and losses that shaped Dracula's beleaguered homeland--sometimes with the Byzantines on top, sometimes the Ottomans, sometimes the rag-tag local tribes, or the Orthodox church, and sometimes a fresh conqueror like the Soviet Union.
Although the book is appropriately suspenseful and a delight to read--even the minor characters are distinctive and vividly seen--its most powerful moments are those that describe real horrors. Our narrator recalls that after reading descriptions of Vlad burning young boys or impaling "a large family," she tried to forget the words: "For all his attention to my historical education, my father had neglected to tell me this: history's terrible moments were real. I understand now, decades later, that he could never have told me. Only history itself can convince you of such a truth." The reader, although given a satisfying ending, gets a strong enough dose of European history to temper the usual comforts of the closing words. --Regina Marler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I highly recommend reading this novel! Very captivating and accurate about historical places.Published 2 days ago by Leslie
A fun read. if you're need a page turner, this will keep you occupied for about a month. a bit too long, i thought, but i had fun reading it.Published 3 days ago by H. Han
Well written, a bit verbose at times. The daughter's journey could have been catalogued better. The ending was quite abrupt. It was engaging the whole way through. Read morePublished 4 days ago by buster
It took me about a month to get through just over 250 pages. That should say something. I finally put it down. I just can't do it anymore. The writing is incredibly long winded. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lincoln Avant
This is a richly detailed, pseudo-historical novel, very well written. My only complaint would be that the delineation if the parallel stories could be clearer. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Philip Morehead
Well written, intertwined novel of complexity and suspense. The historical research amazingly brings this book to life! Bravo! Terrific story.Published 20 days ago by Susan Wise
700 pages of boredom to get to the last 20 anticlimactic pages. Some descriptive history is a good thing but 700 pages???Published 24 days ago by Linda A. Szymanski