Back Bay Books
We’ve got a young, unnamed narrator living in Amsterdam learning the story of her father. Paul was first dragged into the “myth” of Dracula as a graduate student after working closely with his advisor, Bartholomew Rossi.
Rossi disappears suddenly, under suspicious circumstances, and Paul has reason to believe that finding the tomb of Dracula will lead him to discovering Rossi’s whereabouts. Right as this is occurring, he comes across a woman named Helen in the university library. She is reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which obviously caught Paul’s attention. The two form an instant bond and Helen immediately offers to accompany Paul on his search for Dracula’s tomb.
Writing a review for this book feels next to impossible. It is huge and so involved. Reading it took more out of me than any book I have read in a long time!
My biggest issue with this book is that I feel like, with a book of this length, an extra effort needs to be made to make the book entertaining. At 720 pages, I need more excitement than your average book. Kostova kind of dropped the ball on this one. It’s not that I think that the book included too much needless information. Instead, it was just portrayed in a very dry way at times. Especially given the fact that these are graduate students doing research. That can get boring quick. There was one point towards the end where I actually had to start skimming because the writing style became too much like that of a research novel instead of a book.
However, The Historian was a very well woven and well researched book. I loved the history behind it. I had no knowledge of Vlad the Impaler, Dracula, or Eastern Europe, so The Historian really enlightened me on those topics. I was definitely very reflective after reading this book–it was the type of book I was still digesting even after I finished reading it.
I purchased this book from B&N.