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Postby Dixie » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:54 pm

I just started to read a novel called The Historian (2005) by Elizabeth Kostova. Just wondering if anyone was familiar with it :D

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Postby Elba » Sat Jun 24, 2006 10:43 pm

I think nobody dear, but could you tell me more about it. Is it a love story? I like love stories, and I like to History.

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Postby Dixie » Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:52 pm

It's not a love story (at least up to the point where I left it). It's about the legend of Dracula and it takes places in different places in Europe, like Transilvania (Romania), Hungary and Istanbul. I think it's a great novel so far.

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Postby Elba » Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:32 pm

Guuuuuuuuuuuuuuaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuu!

I love lovestory of Dracula. Of course is a love story. Do you remember the movie.OMG a story of lov and fear what romantic!

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Postby Dixie » Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:22 am

No I haven't seen the movie, but I have read Bram Stoker's Dracula, and as a child I was always attracted to the story of the vampire.

If you can find a copy of The Historian, Elba, I strongly recommend that you read it, especially now that I know you love the stories concerning Dracula.

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Postby Elba » Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:29 pm

Dixie,

I bought it today. It is incredible the cost that mexicans have to pay for the culture.
The spanish translation of the book has a costo of 300 mexican pesos (almost 30 dollars), but the english version is 120 mexican pesos (a little more than 10 dollars).
Of course I bought it in english.

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Postby Dixie » Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:46 am

Wow, a book, $30? That's madness!

I'm reaching the end of the novel now. I am sure you're gonna enjoy it a lot! Let me know what you think of it as you are reading it ;)

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Postby Dixie » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:20 am

I finished it last night. An amazing novel. Loved it.

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Postby illusion » Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:07 pm

It sounds intriguing enough to me! Dracula! Love story! Oh say no more! I gotta get that book, now!

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Postby MissLT » Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:24 pm

Have you read this interview, Dixie?

An Interview with Elizabeth Kostova at Amazon

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Postby Dixie » Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:28 pm

LennyeTran wrote:Have you read this interview, Dixie?

An Interview with Elizabeth Kostova at Amazon


Thanks!!! :D

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Postby MissLT » Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:35 pm

Last time, I read the book at night, and I got scared that I threw it away. Last week, I re-read it again since I couldn't get it out of my mind. This time I had to read it in the mornings or during lunchbreaks at work. Then I searched it online for its historical facts. It's quite interesting that they have a picture of Order of the Dragon at wikipedia. It looks similar to what I've imagined.

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Postby Dixie » Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:37 pm

Come on, the book wasn't that scary! :lol:

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Postby MissLT » Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:41 pm

It is so! The librarians, the man on the train, the bites, etc. The living undead? That's just scary. I'm scared of the idea of a living thing is forever lives.

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Postby Tora » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:17 am

Wandering in the bookshop guess what I have found?? the Historian and I couldn't help buying it! Oh, yes, Sirs and Madam I will be reading it very soon! :wink:

it's in Russian as here books in original are 4-5 times more expensive than translated ones! :(

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Postby Tora » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:32 am

Elba wrote:Dixie,

I bought it today. It is incredible the cost that mexicans have to pay for the culture.
The spanish translation of the book has a costo of 300 mexican pesos (almost 30 dollars), but the english version is 120 mexican pesos (a little more than 10 dollars).
Of course I bought it in english.


so weird! going back to my previous post - In Mexico books in English are cheaper than translated, here in Moscow it's vice versa! :?

Sure there are cheap books but if you want a best-selling book in a picturesque cover, high-quality of pages you should pay for it :P English and American classics is rather cheap but on the whole... for a sample of Bridget Jones: the edge of reason I should pay $18 when it's not more than $5 :o translated

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Postby Dixie » Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:43 pm

Tora I'm sure you're gonna love this book too :D

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Postby Tora » Mon Aug 07, 2006 7:38 pm

I have started reading it today - can't put it down - read it everywhere - really eager to read it till the end as soon as possible but it hardly seems to be like a real masterpiece among the novels. I like it an a way I liked The code - it's extremely interesting due to the plot and the narration, but it's a page-turner, anyhow I appreciate you guys here share your impression concerning the books you read - that one is really good. thanks! :wink:

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Postby MissLT » Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:02 pm

It took me three weeks to read the last chapter. The letters were too long in general. :(

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Postby Tora » Fri Aug 11, 2006 5:44 pm

LennyeTran wrote:It took me three weeks to read the last chapter. The letters were too long in general. :(


I agree, coming to an end I began thinking that Mz Kostova had forgotten what to write about professor's daughter and her boy-friend, but on the whole it's okay. I bet they will shoot a movie in some years or so.

actually I'm really fed up with her ponting her finger and telling too bad about soviet union 'cos only Hardi has my personal permission to point his finger at us :wink: :D

by the way there is a huge article about Vlad Tepes in wikipedia

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Postby MissLT » Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:30 pm

Her book really screams out Hollywood movie, to me (one scene after another). It's all good. At least, we'll have another movie to see. I'm voting for Demi Moore as Helen. :twisted:


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