By Elizabeth Kostova
Published in 2005
Comments: I loved this book. I loved it, loved it, loved it!! THIS was the perfect time of year for me to read this book. It was cozy, it was suspenseful, it was wonderful. I loved every word, every page, every minute with it.
But I can see where others would hate it. It's long. It has a tendency to wander. For the wrong person; it would annoy them. For the right person; it would delight. At another time, it might have bothered even me. This is one book where you absolutely have to be in the right place at the right time to read it and enjoy it. I am so glad it worked out for me.
From BN, because I'm feeling lazy!
For centuries, the story of Dracula has captured the imagination of readers and storytellers alike. Kostova's breathtaking first novel, ten years in the writing, is an accomplished retelling of this ancient tale. "The story that follows is one I never intended to commit to paper…. As an historian, I have learned that, in fact, not everyone who reaches back into history can survive it." With these words, a nameless narrator unfolds a story that began 30 years earlier.Late one night in 1972, as a 16-year-old girl, she discovers a mysterious book and a sheaf of letters in her father's library — a discovery that will have dreadful and far-reaching consequences, and will send her on a journey of mind-boggling danger. While seeking clues to the secrets of her father's past and her mother's puzzling disappearance, she follows a trail from London to Istanbul to Budapest and beyond, and learns that the letters in her possession provide a link to one of the world's darkest and most intoxicating figures. Generation after generation, the legend of Dracula has enticed and eluded both historians and opportunists alike. Now a young girl undertakes the same search that ended in the death and defilement of so many others — in an attempt to save her father from an unspeakable fate. (Fall 2005 Selection)