Tuesday, February 9, 2010

THE SWAN THIEVES: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

THE SWAN THIEVES
BY ELIZABETH KOSTOVA

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Elizabeth Kostova is the author of the international bestseller The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.



REVIEW:


Once Robert Oliver, a well known artist, attacked a painting at the National Gallery of Art and is arrested, the life of psychiatrist Andrew Marlow changed forever. Marlow, whose hobby happens to be painting, is called to take over Robert's case. He finds out that Robert and his former wife, Kate, were recently divorced and on top of that, Robert has left his latest girlfriend as well. So Andrew Marlow tries to treat his new patient, but he finds that Robert refuses to speak.

Marlow must examine Robert's personal life to try and find a clue to Robert's act of violence as well as his refusal to speak. Marlow contacts people who are part of Robert's life to try and find answers. Much is discovered about who Robert is now, compared to who he was before, from these people and most of them are women. The case is puzzling and intriguing and Marlow becomes very involved with his new patient to the point that it takes over a good part of his own life. Dr. Marlow finds that Robert paints the same woman over and over again and this somewhat leads him to also find a long hidden secret. This secret involves a scandal in the world of 19th century art.

THE SWAN THIEVES is not just a mystery but also a love story. It is filled with interesting characters, whose own lives are a part of the story. It was so interesting to read the way Kostova told the story through not only different characters to add to Marlow's own tale, but also to learn from ancient letters and the past in the 19th century. All these parts come together to tell this unique story of THE SWAN THIEVES. If you want a really good mystery and trust the author who wrote THE HISTORIAN that so many readers have loved, then you will not be disappointed by this next book of Elizabeth Kostova. You will love pondering the questions that are meant to come up as Kostova planned. You will probably come to a point where you really wonder if Robert is mentally ill or is there something else going on? Why DID he slash that painting and who are all these women in his life? Is all this somehow related to the parts that come to light over the ancient letters?

This is indeed a long book but one that will wrap you around it binding and not let go as you want to find out what is going on. As mental illness is always a hard thing to deal with and read about but intertwined with the mystery, it transfixes the reader and thus shows what a fine writer Elizabeth Kostova truly is.


GIVEAWAY


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108 comments:

Icedream said...

I loved The Historian and I am also always intrigued by any novel that deals with human psychology so I'd love to win a copy.

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Bcteagirl said...

I love novels set in the 19th century, I am starting to get into art, and I am doing my PhD in psychology! I have a million and one reasons to want to read this book :)

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Kim said...

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Miss Rowley said...

I love reading and is always looking for a new book to read this book sounds amazing, I really would love to have it as my own.
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Margie said...

The mystery/art/psychology connection sounds fascinating. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Diane said...

I loved the Historian, and love stories about art. Please enter me in giveaway; thanks

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skkorman said...

I loved "The Historian" and would love to win a copy of this new book!

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I entered the "Gator-A-G0-Go" giveaway and hope I win because I have never read any books by that author and would like to.

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love art, and so would love to read this book!

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bermudaonion said...

Elizabeth Kostova has such a way with words, that I just got lost in this book and it didn't seem long at all. No need to enter me.

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I'd like to win as I read The Historian and really like it.

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I entered to win the Ozzy book

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Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I love this cover... but I got hooked on this book from a Tuesday Teaser I read a few weeks back. The lyrical phrasing is beautiful!

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Edna said...

this book looks to be a great read, I like the front cover


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Marjorie said...

I would like to win this book because I have never read a book
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Wanda said...

I would love to read this book because Elizabeth Kostova is a new author to me and because the book looks incredible!
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Amy said...

would really like to read this book because I loved Elizabeth Kostova's writing in The Historian. Additionally, I am very intrigued by how our brain works and how we deal with issues and pain from our past and the way in which our past can effect our lives and our ability to function many, many years later. I also thoroughly enjoy a good mystery and a true love story!

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Amy said...

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dor said...

I want to win this book because it is a long 19th century love story. Winters here are long. This is just what the doctor ordered.

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enyl said...

I read excerpts from the Historian to my students, they indicated that the would be intrested in reading other works by the author. They don't seem to mind reading about history, art, and culture when there is some suspense or intrigue involved. they also enjoy searching for historical inaccuracies.
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Bethie said...

I would love to win this. I loved the Historian and this looks so interesting.

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I entered the I am Ozzy giveaway.

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traveler said...

Historical novels set during this era interest me greatly. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Jasmyn said...

I fell in love with The Historian and would love to try another of Kostova's books.

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holdenj said...

Add me to the chorus of people who loved The Historian. That alone would make me want to read the book, plus the art history angle seems interesting.
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I have also entered The Gator A Go Go contest!
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Sue said...

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bison61 said...

I like that it is a mystery and a love story

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Caroline said...

As an artist myself I love reading stories that include artist and art related themes.

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Beth said...

I want to read it because I'm interested in French Impressionism.

Jaime said...

I love the era it takes place in
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Pam said...

I loved the Historian and have been eagerly awaiting a sophomore effort.

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Carol M said...

I enjoyed The Historian and would love to read this, too!
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I want to win because I love mysteries and I love love stories.

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Misusedinnocence said...

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Terri said...

I love a good mystery. I like to try solving it before the end of the book but can't always do so.

Terri said...

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Marci said...

I love a good book! Mystery with a slant of art history--sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance!
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Carol W. said...

I'd like to read the Swan Thieves because of the high regard this author earned with The Historian.

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Karin said...

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Colleen Turner said...

Hello!
I read the Historian and LOVED IT! I cannot wait to read this new novel. I haven't entered any of your other giveaways but will make sure to do so. Thank you for the opportunity!
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Angie said...

I loved the Historian so I'm sure I would love this one too. Even though her novels are long, they don't read that way at all.

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I also entered to win Crazy School

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