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Marlowe marries Oliver’s old mistress because he gets her pregnant. Jan 16, Sarah Ryburn rated it really liked it Shelves: Mary though is the worst of the modern narrators.

He comes off as just kpstova gossip junkie, worming his way into the lives of the women around this famous painter. I so so so wanted to Love this novel.

I do that when a book I am reading is well over pgs, so it might help. There is much, much more going on in this interwoven tale of two different time periods, spanning countries. Robert Oliver has become obsessed with Beatrice de Clerval Vignot, a minor Impressionist painter who stopped painting entirely after the birth of her only dwan.

Books of the Week. That the storyline is rathet flat, its more towards uncovering of past mystery that is why it’s not a thriller. Marlow, Robert lapses into complete silence. It is refreshing to read your blog.

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Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life–solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. I didn’t quite grasp the intruding figure that shackled this painter’s mind and left him a bit unhinged, but the sanity of the artist has never been mine to understand. But as treatment for a potentially violent patient who has been committed to a mental hospital?

A couple hundred pages rhieves have been trimmed. We have several relationships that echo each other across time and space. I read the book some time ago and thives recently been listening to the audio version Definitely recommended, and I already look forward to the author’s next book.

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Loading comments… Trouble loading? Interestingly, Kostova writes about the past with more assurance than she does about the present: So, logically, in order to solve the mystery of his patient’s silence, Dr. Why the painter main character would go all quiet thievez because some dude blackmailed a woman makes no sense, maybe if Kostova kostov have added some kind of magical element to the story then one could believe in the painters condition; but instead with the realism of the book one has to just go with the idea that the painter guys kind of an asshole, and uses this wronged woman painter of a hundred years ago as a tool to swwan having to deal with the real shit going on around him, like his family and other people.

But all different in their own quirky way. I can’t think of what kind of reader would enjoy this, it’s just not that interesting.

The last scene in the book is the same as the one that opened it, a short time later–it’s supposed to be an actual Impressionist painter, who was painting a winter scene and then Beatrice comes walking by, so he puts her into the painting. She’s a talented author, but she also fully immerses herself in a place and in a culture. Marlow puts the pieces together, discovers the firsthand account of what happened to the woman Robert kostoova obsessed with and relays the information to Robert.

When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed.

She is married to a Bulgarian scholar. Oliver isn’t talking, and it’s up to his psychiatrist, Andrew Marlowe, to piece together elizabsth clues in an attempt to restore the man’s mind. The main character, Dr. How about some facts about “first noticed symptoms” or “changes in mood or behavior” or even “what medications was he taking?

Mar 09, Ricki Treleaven rated it it was amazing Shelves: It took too long for the parallel stories to merge and to be connected, and by the time it was done, I was fed up and just wanted to be done with it. This is an exquisitely written art history mystery with a difference: At least I think there’s a story somewhere buried in the incredible avalanche of detail.


Now for an intermission of baby animal pictures.

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There is love and heartbreak, partnership and betrayal, but passion is elucidated–passion and the treachery of purpose. Is the woman his wife or perhaps Mary? It’s actually something about the way he notices women that reminds me quite frankly of how I notice other women.

Usually this sort of switching irritates me, so it’s a mark of the author’s skill that in this case I thought it perfectly suited the book. Byatt’s Possession for the painting set. Kate’s mother, Kate’s feelings about parenthood, pretentious conversations between art students in bars, her first dates with Robert and what she did to try to fascinate him, frankly inappropriate rhapsodizing about Robert’s body. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Kostova’s new novel, The Swan Thieveskeeps the gothic motif going with its themes of art, madness and obsession.

And so I just didn’t like him or feel any sympathy for his condition. Know it all older men who really couldn’t find a door right in front of their noses. So that just muddied the water.

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Skin on old people isn’t transparent. I read “The Historian,” thoroughly enjoyed that and had put “The Swan Thieves” on my to-read list as soon as I knew it was thjeves published.

I think the reason that this book seems to polarise opinion is because nothing much happens in it. Despite protected eljzabeth, the first time they sleep together, she is pregnant, leading them to marriage?

The ending was a bit abrupt, or anti-climatic perhaps? Which brings me to the letters. Some men are twenty years their senior, some more.