September 30, 2010

Book Review: The Historian

Title: The Historian
Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 642
Genre: Historical Fiction

The setting is Cold War Europe and the book spans two generations of historians who find that their research of the past has followed them into the present. The topic of their research is the legend of Vlad Dracula the Impaler. As the characters meander their way through England, France, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey the plot slowly unravels and leads to something dark and mysterious.

The two generations of historians have separate stories playing off of each other, but unraveling at the same time. The characters travel through a broad range of different lands and meet many peculiar memorable people from distinctive cultures.

It is an exciting, but very anticipatory read. A book on Dracula is difficult to take serious, but it was worth reading about the vast and non-exhausted travels through the forgotten regions of eastern Europe.