Monday, November 15, 2010

THE SWAN THIEVES: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE SWAN THIEVES
BY ELIZABETH KOSTOVA

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Andrew Marlow, a psychiatrist, has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when the renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes Marlow's patient.

When Oliver refuses to talk or cooperate, Marlow finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this silent genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Moving from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

Go HERE to listen to an excerpt of THE SWAN THIEVES.

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. Go HERE to watch a video of Elizabeth Kostova talk about THE SWAN THIEVES...it is fascinating! You may also enjoy the PODCAST Interview from ALOUD at Central Library by going HERE.



MY 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.
A WONDERFUL book for book clubs, (mine had a long and exciting discussion with this book) you can link to the Reading Guide HERE by visiting the Hachette Book Group website and on THE SWAN THIEVES page, you will see the link in the lower right-hand corner. Enjoy! 
 
GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO VALERIE AND THE GOOD
FOLKS AT HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE THREE COPIES OF THIS
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+1 ENTRY:
READ "ABOUT THE BOOK" AND"ABOUT THE AUTHOR" ABOVE AND COMMENT ON WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: VISIT ELIZABETH KOSTOVA'S LOVELY WEBSITE BY GOING HERE AND READ ABOUT THE MANY THINGS THERE. COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING THERE


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135 comments:

traveler said...

I am intrigued by this unique novel. Interesting art, history and characters. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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The author's website is fascinating and excellent. Artistic. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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This interesting novel which combines art, history and vivid characters sounds compelling. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Not only is the author a writer but she has an MFA so she is an authority on art history as well. Quite a background. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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A mystery and a love story, doesn't get much better than that


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flutterby said...

art plus mystery... yes please!

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The studio ponied up seven figures for Elizabeth Kostova's novel, her first, shortly before it hit bookstores two years ago,--wow not only does her book get published but they are already grabbing film rights to it.


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Christa said...

This book sounds to be dripping with suspense! Why did he tear up the painting? Sounds like a very good read because it already has given me questions that I want answered! :)

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holdenj said...

I think that crime against a piece of artwork is an interesting way to get a story going. Sounds like there will be more than meets the eye.
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I enjoyed Kostova's earlier novel, The Historian, and was interested to see it's been optioned for the big screen.
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Bethie said...

I would love to read this. This is one that I have had my eye on for a while. I love the idea of delving into a person's past.

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Pamela Keener said...

What an interesting premise to tie the past in with the present. The power of art to preserve human hope, I love that

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I love how her website is set up within a pictureframe and the music is lovely.
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hendy said...

This book is on my WL. I always thought a genius' mind boardered on insanity and brilliance so it will be interesting to see how this character gets it all sorted out, if he does.
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debbie said...

I love a good mystery. It is always interesting to see why people do things. It sounds like this book would be really good.
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I am follower and email subscriber. I would love to read this book because it sounds very interesting. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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Connie said...

Hi! I have wanted to read this author since she wrote the first novel "The Historian". This novel involves art and obsession which would be great to read. :)

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bison61 said...

It sounds like a wonderful story of love and obsession

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Melanie L said...

This sounds like an interesting mystery. I really want to read it because I loved The Historian so much and would love to read another book by Elizabeth Kostova.
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I found out on the author's website that she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-In-Progress.
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Amy said...

I'd like to read this book because it sounds like a riveting tale of love and mystery and it involves the world of art which has always interested me.

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Amy said...

Elizabeth Kostova went to Yale University and then got her MFA from the University of Michigan. Her debut novel was The Historian.


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clenna said...

Marlow has to solve Robert's problem but Robert isn't talking. How intriguing is that. What a mystery he has to solve. The more he digs the more he unveils. Now I want to know too. I have to read it.

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MRWriter said...

I like the combination of psychology, crime of passion, art and love. Sounds very intriguing!

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Her books are being optioned for feature films.

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I would love to win this book because I enjoy stories that span decades and weave history into the story. Plus you throw in a little romance and I'm sold!

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Laura H. said...

Ms. Kostova does have a beautiful website. I found it interesting that her other book, "The Historian", is to be made into a movie. I'm going to have to put that book on my TBR list too!

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Jeff said...

I'm very interested in Art so I'll probably like this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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Jeff said...

I hontesly couldn't read much on her site. There's a frame and the words are behind it, but I tried.

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Shirley said...

I'd love to read this book, the obession part sounds very intersting. SOme people go very far for love so to far.

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I couldn't read anything on the website, the words aren't fitting within the frame.

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Christine H said...

This novel sounds like it has it all,I'd love to read it!!

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Christine H said...

I too tried to look at her website and had the same problem all the words weren't inside the frame so most were cut off.

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Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I'm interested in this book because it involves the art world and it's historical. Also, I am a fan of Kostova and her first novel, The Historian (one of my favorites). It's interesting that she went to U of Michigan. I wonder if she's from Michigan, as I am?

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The website is gorgeous. What a beautiful entry page. I am so thrilled that a script is being worked on for a film adaptation of The Historian. I just hope they do it justice.

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