Sunday, October 25, 2009

THE HISTORIAN: BOOK CLUB GUIDE AND GIVEAWAY

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THE HISTORIAN

by Elizabeth Kostova

ABOUT THE BOOK:


To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of-a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known-and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out.

About Author

Elizabeth Kostova / graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she / won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. Her second novel, The Swan Thieves, will be published in ... more

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Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family's past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe - in a feat of storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has enthralled readers around the world.

"Never was a ghost story so casually erudite, nor a historical travelogue such gripping entertainment." ---
New York Magazine

"Impossible to resist. . . . Kostova blends fact and fantasy to remind us that the original Dracula legend is rooted in monstrous acts of unblinking evil." ---
Miami Herald

"A richly told story about family and the dark side of human nature. . . . This cry of the heart will appeal to readers beyond those who are drawn by a fascination with the legend of Dracula." ---
Chicago Tribune

"Genuinely terrifying." ---
Boston Globe

"Nearly impossible to put down once you crack the spine. . . . It won't take you long to get to the end." ---
Houston Chronicle
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Elizabeth Kostova graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. Her second novel, The Swan Thieves, will be published in October 2009.



READING GROUP GUIDE:

1. In the “Note to the Reader,” the narrator tells us, “There is a final resource to which I’ve resorted when necessary — the imagination.” How does she use this resource in telling her story? Is it a resource to which the other historians in the book resort as well?

2. The theme of mentors and disciples is an important one in The Historian. Who are the story’s mentors, and in what sense is each a mentor? Who are the book’s disciples?

3. Near the end of chapter 4, Rossi says, “Human history is full of evil deeds, and maybe we ought to think of them with tears, not fascination.” Does he follow his own advice? How does his attitude toward history evolve in the course of his own story?

4. In chapter 5, Paul’s friend Massimo asserts that in history there are no small questions. What does he mean by this and how does this idea inform the book? Do you agree with his statement?

5. Helen and Paul come from very different worlds, although they share a passion for history. How have their upbringings differed? What factors have shaped each of them?

6. Throughout the book, anyone who finds an antique book with a dragon in the middle is exposed to some kind of danger. What does this danger consist of ? Is it an external power or do the characters bring it upon themselves?

7. Each of the characters is aware of some of the history being made in his or her own time. What are some of these real historical events, and why are they important to the story?

8. At the beginning of chapter 1, Paul’s daughter notes, “I had been raised in a world so sheltered that it makes my adult life in academia look positively adventurous.”How does she change as a person in the course of her quest?

9. Helen’s history is deeply intertwined with that of Dracula. In what ways are the two characters connected? Does she triumph over his legacy, or not?

10. In chapter 73, Dracula states his credo: “History has taught us that the nature of man is evil, sublimely so.” Do the characters and events of the novel prove or disprove this belief ?
GIVEAWAY:

THANKS TO VALERIE AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
5 COPIES OF THIS AMAZING BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT YOU
NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!


RULES:

--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
--PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENT
---ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: Comment below telling something you find interesting about this book and why you want to win it.

+1 MORE ENTRY: Comment on if you follow and where/how, or follow by joining through the Google Friend Connect in the left column of this blog.

+1 MORE ENTRY: Enter one other of my UPCOMING giveaways and then come back here and tell me the contest is that you entered.


ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY
6 PM, EST, NOVEMBER 12

THANKS FOR ENTERING AND

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

71 comments:

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Vlad the Impaler has always been a huge interest of mine. I'd love to win this!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

I follow your blog.

Marjorie said...

I would love to win this book, the
review is excellent.

I am a google reader follower.

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fredamans said...

I would love to read this book as I love historical drama!

Thank you for the entries.

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fredamans said...

I follow via Google Connect.

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fredamans said...

I also entered your contest for The Heretic's Daughter.

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Bethie said...

Please count me in. I have been hearing so much about this book and would love to win it. I just love that she finds out she was related to Vlad the impaler.

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Linda K said...

This combines history and intrigue in one book. I think it would hold my interest.

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Linda K said...

google reader follower

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Indigo said...

I was intrigued to see how the family line of Vlad the Impaler would be percieved. Thanks for this opportunity! Indigo

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Indigo said...

I'm also a follower through Google Friend connect. Thanks! Indigo

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Pam said...

Someone described this book to me as a sweeping Twilight meets DaVinci Code saga across Europe. I haven't read Twilight but with all the hoopla I figure this one certainly sounds fantastic!

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Pam said...

I'm a follower by google friend connect/google reader.

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holdenj said...

I like the idea of academia/history/dracula, it sounds very interesting.

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holdenj said...

I follow with google friend connect!
Thanks.
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elaing8 said...

I'd love to win this book,a few friends have read it and say its great and something I'd like.Plus there's a lot of reviews out there saying the same thing,that its great book.
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elaing8 said...

I'm a google friend connect follower
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Jenn M. said...

I have wanted to read this book for nearly a year now. A friend of mine read it and LOVED it.

I'd love a chance to win!

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Jenn M. said...

I follow with google friend connect.

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Jenn M. said...

I am also entered in your Lovely Bones Giveaway and the Heretic's daughter giveaway.

p.s. the link on your giveaway page for the Lovely Bones giveaway isn;t working correctly. I don't know how many times I've dont that myself!!

Thanks for the entries!

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shopannies said...

i love this book because my son who loves history and my daughter who loves vampires may like the same book
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bekki1820cb said...

I would like to read about how she was related the Vlad...thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb@gmail.com

bekki1820cb said...

I am a follower
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g.g. said...

I think Vlad the Impaler is something I'd like to know more about as I have heard about him but know little

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g.g. said...

I am a follower on you Google Friend Connect

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g.g. said...

I entered for the Sari Shop Widow giveaway

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rkgcc said...

I keep hearing great things about this book,its intrigued me enough to want to read it.
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rkgcc said...

I'm now a google friend connect follower
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Margie said...

The premise of the book sounds fascinating...exploring your family history through old letters. I would love to read this one!

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Margie said...

For an extra entry...

I entered your contest for the Anne Frank book.

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mskayz said...

“Human history is full of evil deeds, and maybe we ought to think of them with tears, not fascination.”
This is an intriguing quote- definitely makes me want to read the rest of the book! Thanks for the chance to win a good read!!

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MarionG said...

Hi. I love ghost stories and I love dragons and the idea of a book and a dragon has me totally intrigued. Please count me in on the giveaway.
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cantabile--xx said...

I'm always interested in historical fiction - I'm looking forward to how this one ties Vlad the Impaler into it!

I would love to win this book!

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Thanks!

cantabile--xx said...

I follow through Google Connect

Please count me in!

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Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I'm intrigued by this book. It's such a strange combination; history and vampires. Well, I'm interested, and that's why I'd like to win it.



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Anonymous said...

Well, I don't follow you with Google, but Karen, I do follow you. I check out your blog at least 2x a week, and I do love it. Thanks for doing such a great job!

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Anonymous said...

I entered your Life After Genius giveaway.



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Jaime said...

always been interested in my own family history and others. We all have skeletons hidden somewhere.
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Jaime said...

entered Mindhunters
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Jennifer said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! I love history and the concept of traveling around looks for clues in monasteries and dusty libraries, sounds fascinating!

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Lynnie said...

The intrigue of getting me into the story with a tease of finding out a family secret and then taking the story into another compelling direction.

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Sandra K321 said...

I usually enjoy reading historical fiction, but this sounds like it has a bit of a twist to add more interest to the story.
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Sandra K321 said...

I follow your blog via Google.
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Victoria said...

A teacher in high school told me about Vlad the Impaler and I've been interested ever since. Thanks for the chance. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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Deedles said...

I'd love to win.I love that she finds out she was related to Vlad the impaler.
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Becca said...

Please enter me! Why do I want to win the book? It’s about Vlad the Impaler. Who doesn’t want to win this book? Vlad is fascinating in a horrible creepy sort of way.

Thanks
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Becca said...

I follow on Goggle friends connect.

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ellie said...

It's been a while since I've read a good historical drama. I've heard great things about this one and am dying to read it.
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ellie said...

I'm a Google follower.
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k-team said...

I love books with a bit of spookiness to them. Thanks for the chance!

Toni said...

Please enter me. I have wanted to read this one since it came out. I bought it for a gift for someone in hopes to borrow it but they moved away. :) tonigomez@surewest.net Thank you.. and yes. I follow..

Anonymous said...

The fact that this book is set in a ruthless time period is of interest to me. walkerd@primus.ca

Anonymous said...

I also entered the Life After Genius contest. walkerd@primus.ca

Anonymous said...

Dracula is an interesting aspect of this book. walkermisc@primus.ca

Anonymous said...

I have entered the Life after Genius. walkermisc@primus.ca

pixie13 said...

I'll read anything that has to do with Vlad the Impaler. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Sue said...

The reviews looked great and I love, love, love historical fiction. "Genuinely terrifying" as a quote from the Boston Globe had me hooked, though.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sue said...

I entered the A Friend of the Family giveaway. Thanks again!

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CherylS22 said...

I find it interesting that it is based on the history of Vlad the Impaler. I'd love to win the book because it appears to be a really good suspense novel intertwining the past & present.

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

CherylS22 said...

I follow via GFC
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CherylS22 said...

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renee said...

I want to find out what the secrects are, please enter me for a chance to read this.
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renee said...

I am a follower
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Anonymous said...

Vlad the impaler!! how fun,,Iam in..
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cherdon said...

Your review on this book is quite telling. I would love to win this book because the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate intrigue me. I need to know the details.

Please enter me. Thanks

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cherdon said...

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also

I am an email subscriber to your blog

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Susan said...

I really enjoy books of historical fiction and from what I've read here it sounds like my kind of book with a lot of mystery added in. Please enter me in the giveaway!

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