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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So of course, the unscrupulous art dealer picks it up and apparently we never actually read the letter it contains some completely uncharacteristic description of their relationship, so the Unscrupulous Art Dealer uses it to blackmail her.

Is it ethical, considering that Mary recently broke up with Robert Oliver, Marlow’s patient? A long novel, but thoroughly engrossing——that’s twice I’ve used this word. She has the perfect balance of both to make a book that I could not put down. I absolutely loved her use of language, her writing style–great detail, but not overdone, beautiful character development with just enough left to the imagination. Do a hundred drawings a day,’ he said fiercely. But my major issue is that this second narrative is inserted and not sufficiently explained for the reader to engage.

Then happily ever after for all, of course But giving it two stars is a stretch. I liked learning so much about art in this novel; it’s been a long time since my college art classes!

An affinity, even a love affair with an author begins with the innocent intimation, that feeling that you have discovered something extraordinary. Well, we kind of know why, because Kate Oliver stopped painting once she had kids–it’s hard to live such a selfish life when others depend on you.

It took too long for the parallel stories to merge kosova to be connected, and by the time it was done, I was fed up and just wanted to be done with it. Elizabeth Kostova accomplishes something in The Swan Thieves that no one whose review I’ve read has mentioned: This book is filled with thiwves descriptions and is pretty light on dialogue, but I never felt overwhelmed by the lack of dialogue. Her descriptions of paintings reflect the learnings of an art historian.


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So the “mysterious” aspect of his love for her fell flat in the end. View all 10 comments. And then each character that narrated focused on their own feelings about Oliver instead of elizxbeth. All leading to one revelation For more book reviews, come visit my blog, Build Enough Bookshelves.

You also may read the end of the book and ask yourself “Is That IT?? No, actually it isn’t, and this is why I’m now in number 4. This book elizabetj Dr.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova: review

I can’t say I disliked him, though, because he simply didn’t engender any kind of emotional response from me; I found him very blah and unsympathetic.

In the village, who are the painter, the woman walking down the street, the wife he returns to? In the caseit wasn’t to be. When the mystery to his attack is revealed it is iostova of a “uh-huh” moment than a “ah-hah” moment. 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.

This becomes the motif and a great weakness-this book is just so. Before Freud, genre quest novels depended on sleuths like Sherlock Holmes to play this role. I elizabfth the elzabeth on Sunday morning and finished it this afternoon. When you enjoy a book by one author you have high hopes for their next book.

Elizabeth Kostova definitely did her research. There were things I enjoyed in this novel ,ostova some of the writing with its descriptions of art, although, all in all, it was much about nothing.

She probably does since she went to Yale, but the way she treats the mental health profession in the book would be more welcome in a children’s book than in a novel that probably thinks of itself as psychological.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. To ask other readers questions about The Swan Thievesplease sign up. Kostoba this novel, she’s pinging between multiple locations and countries – and time periods – and it was all believable.


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

And Kostova gave too much away at the beginning -the mystery surrounding the painting and Robert and Marlowe ‘s fates seemed so inevitable. But the way this story was structured took away from the focus of the main character and so it wasn’t great. 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. It came out of nowhere and slapped you across the face with exquisite timing and impeccable, seamless diction.

Her painterly descriptions of artwork are luscious After all of this footwork and research and delving into Impressionist painters’ lives, Dr.

A little deceiving, as it can barely be said to be the tip of the iceberg. I wanted to give Swan Thieves book 5 stars but I’m afraid I can only give it 3 in good faith. All else if flotsam and jetsam to him. So the disappointment I felt when The Swan Thieves just didn’t live up to my hopes was that much keener. And what that seemed to equate to was her lamenting on all sorts of things in which her conscientious research was exhibited without adding anything worthwhile to the novel. Kostova read, watching her sign my book with a distinctly feminine hand, in some way colored the novel’s voice for me.

Then all the drippy prose about how to paint, or how the light slanted its fingers through the trees, etc etc etc would all have been easy to just accept. Nathasia rated it really liked it.

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