The Swan Thieves is a novel by American author Elizabeth Kostova. The ” old painter” described in the book before the first chapter is Alfred Sisley. The Swan Thieves: A Novel [Elizabeth Kostova] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession. Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver.

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She is the person he has painted obsessively–although he has only ever seen one painting of her face. Mar 09, Ricki Treleaven rated it it was amazing Shelves: These aged, exquisite gentlemen are the best thing that happens in the book.

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The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

We can’t come across an elderly character without hearing how his this is always used for men, there aren’t old ladies in this book really skin is transparent. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I mean, off the top of my head, we learn about: I read the book some time ago and have recently been listening to the audio version This is an exquisitely written art history mystery with a difference: I recommend both and hope the author will release other books of the same quality.

Robert was arrested while trying to attack a painting by Gilbert Thomas based on the myth of Leda in the National Portrait Gallery.

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What would drive a man to commit such an act — in particular a man that lives and breathes art himself? I liked learning so much about art in this novel; it’s been a long time since my college art classes!


Instead he is the sum of others’ accounts of him – and these accounts are monumentally unflattering. Refusing to explain, he is sectioned, and put under the care of swwn and part-time painter Andrew Marlowe.

A bundle of 19th-century letters in French is found in his possession, which Kostova drip-feeds to us before, rather bumpily, beginning their back-story: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

The Best Books of I’m going to split them into two groups. Marlow is said to be able to ,ostova a stone to talk”, but he only manages to elicit a few initial elizabegh from Oliver, who then goes completely silent. And is there a link between them and the mysterious beauty of his paintings? The author describes colors, movement and perspective like a true artist I wonder if she is.

The Swan Thieves — Elizabeth Kostova

But if you delight in a well-crafted plot that is peeled away layer by layer, then this makes the grade for sure. It doesn’t lag tieves become dull in places; instead, it moves forward at a slow but steady pace and reveals secrets bit by bit.

Is the woman his wife or perhaps Mary? The artist’s mistress, besides being a self-absorbed, immature twit waxing eloquent as she stares at herself naked in the mirror repeatedly utters some of the worst dialogue this side of a Harlequin novel.

A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. Then again, large passages of plot are narrated through letters written by female characters——no such problem in these.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

The main character, Dr. I just had to know what was going to happen next. There is much, much more going on in this interwoven ,ostova of two different time periods, spanning countries.


You see, The Swan Thieves like her previous book, The Historian is one of those novels that is so gripping that I want to stand on street corners and press copies of it into the hands of passersby. Videos About This Book. He is hospitalized for mental illness, and psychiatrist Andrew Marlow, an exceptional artist himself, takes on Robert’s compelling I have heard many mixed reviews about The Swan Thieves from my friends.

Kotova’s prose; her uniquely masterful insight into emotional complexities, are what save this novel despite all these negatives. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed.

I’ve been listening to this book on CD for book club The shifts in narrator and in time in no way confused me and were done seamlessly and with purpose. So the “mysterious” aspect of his love for her fell flat in the end. She probably does since she went to Yale, but the way she treats the mental health profession in the book would be more welcome in a children’s book than in a sean that probably thinks of itself as psychological.

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