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The Swan Thieves: A Novel

5 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Elizabeth Kostova

Reviewed by Katharine Weber Elizabeth Kostova made a dramatic debut in 2005 with her megabestsellingThe Historian. The first debut novel to hit theNew York Timesbestseller list at #1,The Historianhas been published in 44 languages, has more than … see full wiki

Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
4 reviews about The Swan Thieves: A Novel
review by . October 12, 2010
Artists and lovers
Artists and lovers My rating: 3 of 5 stars "The Swan Thieves" is a story about love, art, and obsession. Dr. Andrew Marlow, an amateur painter himself, takes on the case of Robert Oliver, nearly famous artist, who attempts to slash a painting at Washington's National Gallery. Robert is deliberately uncommunicative, and Marlow breaks his code of ethics by delving deep into Robert's personal life on his own. Why did he try to destroy that painting? Who is the beautiful young woman …
review by . February 26, 2010
Rambling, pointless, infuriating story
   Robert Oliver, a noted artist, is arrested after trying to slash a painting at a Washington, DC gallery.  Confined to a psychiatric institution, he refuses to cooperate with his doctor, Andrew Marlow, himself a painter and something of a detective.  A friend recommended this book to me saying it was The.  Best.  Book.  Ever.  Well, to each his own.  I found it to be frustrating and pointless in the extreme.  The author is in love with details …
review by . February 11, 2010
       my edition      First, my thanks to LibraryThing's early reviewers program for pulling my name out of the hat to win this book.  If you haven't yet visited LibraryThing, get on over there...great site. And my thanks to Little, Brown, for sending me a beautiful finished copy.       So let's get to it.  Weighing in at nearly 600 pages, The Swan Thieves is a novel about obsession and art. It's also a story about love …
review by . January 12, 2010
The central figure of Kostova's impressive novel is a gifted artist, Robert Oliver, who is arrested when he attacks a painting hanging in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, "Leda". In the painting a mortal woman is ravished by Zeus in the form of a swan, a theme that is woven through the novel, a mystery begun in the days of the French Impressionists. Thus does the author join the stories of two centuries, the late 19th and 20th, the characters as entwined as their paths through life. …
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