The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. Normally, there is a lot of discussion about acquaintences, teachers and Hollywood stars, and not so much talking about the book. That was not the case tonight! We all wanted to talk about The Swan Thieves.
There were 7 of us there tonight, and only one person hadn't finished the book. On the whole, the group loved Swan Thieves. I was probably the person least excited about it, as you might have guessed from my spoilers. We talked a lot about the parallels between the historic story and the story told in the modern day. One person felt that Robert, the modern day artist, was Olivier, the old artist uncle, reincarnated, which I have to admit is a thought that crossed my mind. We also wondered whether Marlowe, the psychiatrist, actually was jealous of Robert, and was trying to replicate his life.
Three of us had read Kostova's earlier book, The Historian, which seems to have received better reviews than The Swan Thieves. The Historian has a woman as the main character, and spends a great deal of the story focused on the legends of vampires and Vlad the Impaler. We all agreed that the story of Swan Thieves had a better flow than The Historian, but we disagreed about which was ultimately the better book. I'm on Team Historian.
I brought up most of my questions about the story line, and for the most part, they were easily brushed aside. We did feel though that Kostova was not consistent with Olivier's age, which was a little confusing.
Next up: Little Bee by Chris Cleave