Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Elizabeth Kostova is the author of the international bestseller The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA. El Rapto del Cisne [Elizabeth Kostova] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. El rapto del cisne (Spanish Edition) [Elizabeth Kostova] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. El psiquiatra Andrew Marlon se ha dedicado a su.

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El Rapto del Cisne (English, Spanish, Paperback)

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. El Rapto del Cisne by Elizabeth Kostova. Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow has the famous painter Robert Oliver as a pacient. Desperate to understand the secret that tormented the genius, he embarks on a journey taking him closer to the lives of Olivers women and a tragedy at the middle of French Impressionism.

The swan thieves is a story of obsession, history losses and the power of art to preserve human hope. Paperbackpages. Published May 24th by Ediciones Urano first published January 12th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about El Rapto del Cisneplease sign up. However, The Historian is a league apart, a totally different book.

I loved it from beginning to end, and I’d definitely recommend it even if you didn’t like The Swan Thieves.

Is a page book necessary? Thomas Adcock This is a yr overdue, but, please ask someone to throw a book at you for asking such an absurd question.

Rapt length of a book clearly means the author …more This is a yr overdue, but, please ask someone to throw a book at you for asking such an absurd question. Also, Kostova seems to like to explain a lot of things, which isn’t either bad or good, depending on your taste honestly. But to be frank, and actually answer your question with all jokes aside, if the length of the book elizabet you, then perhaps read it in pg sections? I do that when a book I am reading is well over pgs, so it might help.

E, how eo this post is, though, I doubt it matters. Lastly, if you think this is long, read the song of ice and fire books. See all 3 questions about El Rapto del Cisne…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

I really enjoyed The Swan Thieves and I’m glad I read it, but I don’t really like books when they try to pull a bunch of mental illness stuff into the mix, for elizaberh I’d rather not discuss. I loved the author’s prose though, really powerful and creative.

An affinity, even a love affair with an author begins with the innocent intimation, that feeling that you have discovered something extraordinary. Like the painters in the novel here, it is an innate talent; something that can be quite ineffable. And this rel not something that can be taught. In this way, i An affinity, even a love affair with an author begins with the innocent intimation, that feeling that you have discovered something extraordinary.


In this way, it is actually more important than the work itself being great. That can come in time. Kostova’s writing is like this. Although this novel is not necessarily an all time favorite, I am thrilled at the prospect of reading many more of her works.

Her words weave together in such a way that I can find myself lost in a simple description of a scene; transported by her interpretation conveyed of a conversation, the thoughts hidden behind an individual’s day. Specifically in this novel, her understanding of the artist’s world is remarkable.

Her descriptions of paintings reflect elizabefh learnings of an art historian. The synopsis as well as the marketing for this focuses on Robert Oliver’s incident at The National Gallery of Art in which he tries to slash a painting, Leda, by a Gilbert Thomas.

El Rapto del Cisne (Spanish, Paperback)

However, this is not an important part of the novel at all really. It serves as a beginning point, yes, but not much else. A little deceiving, as it can barely be said to be the tip of the iceberg. There is dep, much more going on in this interwoven tale of two different time periods, spanning countries. Elizabeth Kostova definitely did her research.

Apparently, this novel took her over elizzabeth years to write. Not surprising, the depth of detail on varying fields of interest, from art history to European cities, to nineteenth century daily lives, New York City to Ann Arbor, Michigan, manic-depression and psychiatry to museums, art education and art retreats, art collectors and auctions.

The focus is primarily on The Impressionists, but pointillism, landscapes, Cubism, abstract, still life painting is also referenced. The other theme that is addressed in more than one storyline is that of love overcoming age barriers. All four of the main romantic relationships feature significant age differences, a few being more than two decades. One is with her husband’s uncle.

Another is a psychiatrist with his patient’s former lover. This all being said, more is not always better. At over five hundred pages, more than one hundred chapters, this is quite a read. I have read many great lengthy novels where, turning the last page, I wanted more. This was definitely not one of those.

Several times I was about to give up. After about one third of the book, the ending was already pretty predictable. So the remainder of the reading was about getting there and how Kostova took her readers there. And what that seemed to equate to cisnw her lamenting on all sorts of things in which her conscientious research was exhibited without adding anything worthwhile to the novel.

It could have been about half the current length, but by being less wordy, twice as good in quality overall. The story is told by cishe different narrators: Interestingly, this is his story. At least, all the other characters’ stories revolve around him; he is the common denominator. He has but a few lines of dialogue, taking a vow of silence for almost two years, thus allowing his story elziabeth be told through these other individuals.

As for the concluding third of this novel To which I have to say was really trying First, the love triangle, which I disliked for its unethical roots, but more so for how conveniently it all worked out, so suddenly.


With the nineteenth century storyline, Beatrice De Cherval and her husband’s uncle have sex one night, on one illicit rendezvous protected even it seemsyet it is supposed to be believable that they have a girl. Secondly, while researching more than he really should within professional needs into his patients’ history, psychiatrist falls in love with said patient’s former lover, twenty years younger than him?

Despite protected sex, the first time they eliazbeth together, she is pregnant, leading them to marriage? A marriage, of course, based on true love? Thirdly, with impeccable timing, shortly after Doctor Marlow finally solves the mysteries for himself with no assistance from the silent patient of hison the same day he shares this with Robert, he magically decides to end his more than year long vow of silence.

He is cured suddenly. He leaves Goldengrove a few days later. Then happily ever after for all, of course It seemed Kostova had finished with the heavily researched intrigue and wanted to, finally, tie a pretty bow on it all. The result was this sudden, unfulfilling ending, leaving me saying “Finally! Kotova’s prose; her uniquely masterful insight into emotional complexities, are what save this novel despite all these negatives.

Some of my favorite examples: How else can you carry anything away with you in your mind’s eye? Do a hundred drawings a day,’ he said fiercely. Until you forget most of that book, you’re stuck puzzling over what happened to them cisme you closed it. Anyway, a painting has to have some kind of mystery to it to make it work. Just make sure she finishes your thoughts and you finish hers.

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That’s all you need. This book was entertaining, and gorgeously written – maybe too gorgeously written. I felt cusne of the descriptions were so drawn out that they made me loose the thread of the narrative. I also felt that although it was supposed to be written in different voices, they aren’t distinct enough to be truly compelling. And Kostova gave too much raptoo at the beginning -the mystery surrounding the painting and Robert and Marlowe ‘s fates seemed so inevitable.

Definitely a good read, but not a great one. This was a very good read – the audio production was wonderful – multiple narrators including Treat Williams, Anne Heche and John Lee, with musical interludes interspersed throughout. The ending was a bit abrupt, or anti-climatic perhaps? I do look forward to reading more of Kostova’s work, especially The Historian and her newest coming out soon, The Shadow Land.

It is also about much more than that, but at first glance it seems so. She can set her scene, and her book — and her character building is a rare gift. You feel connected to almost all her characters. The story is about Robert Oliver, a painter, who has been assigned to psychiatrist Dr Robert Marlow, after he attacked a painting at the National Art Review:

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