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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The Swan Thieves succeeds both in its echoes of The Historian and as it maps new territory for this canny and successful writer. Robert was arrested while trying to attack sqan painting by Gilbert Thomas based on the myth of Leda in the National Portrait Gallery.

Kostova starts with a fascinating premise that sets its hook into the reader–why did Robert Oliver attack the painting of Leda and the Swan?

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? One would think that a page book would be rich with description, but one would be wrong. Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but orde Kostova’s masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from rhieves love oostova last love.

Apparently he’s just some sort of insane–a version that is never actually diagnosed. First I win a book I only entered to win to tear it apart, and then I win this book which I also didn’t like.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

They are her letters. Andrew Marlow’s journey to discover the secrets behind his patient’s obstinate silence in order to help him recover. Definitely recommended, and I already look forward to the author’s next book. Anyway, a painting has to have some kind of mystery to it to make it work. It’s the story about a psychiatrist I happen to be married to a psychiatrist who is also an artist.


A woman in the audience noted that novels seem to be getting shorter and shorter, although we pay the same price whether for pages orand that readers often excuse this brevity particularly if the writer is considered “really quite literary after all. Read reviews that mention swan thieves robert oliver elizabeth kostova national gallery andrew marlow painting in the national well written art history beautifully written past and present mentally ill back and forth mental illness main character love story psychiatrist andrew loved the historian attacked a painting highly recommend beatrice de clerval.

So, while Kate comes off as an interesting person, Robert remains a big blank and Marlowe comes across as self-indulgent and a fairly incompetent doctor.

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So here we come to the spoilers, if one can spoil something that a reader is bound to guess several hundred pages before the characters do. She stands alone raising her children, even proving financial support for her ex-husband’s care.

Marlow is an amateur painter and a psychiatrist, who throughout the book shows little regard for the ethical standards of that profession. Now for an intermission of baby animal pictures. Kostova must love some of her words. Books by Elizabeth Kostova. And I’ve always loved and trusted the graceful simplicity of Kostova’s writing, the way her words glide across the page with a rhythm that advances plot, dialogue, and exposition in integrated fashion.

At least, all the other characters’ stories revolve around him; he is the common denominator. Anyway, after a single short conversation with Dr. I want to say that Kostova is a shitty writer, another big time author who is little more than a hack; but I’m going to be nice and not say those things and instead believe that this book is just a sophomore slump sort of like Zadie Smith’s Autograph Man.


The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Everybody assumes he must do them from a model–but apparently he doesn’t. I think because of that lowish average I went in to this book expecting a little less…but I thought this book was amazing.

She’s a talented author, but she also fully immerses herself in a place and in a culture. I enjoyed the pace of this book. Unscrupulous Art Dealer doesn’t get found out, but dies bankrupt because he was a poor businessman. I was able to figure out “the twist” fairly quickly. Each of the narrators was telling a story about Robert’s life as it related to them, but I never really felt like I knew him. Perhaps the reader is changed as well after reading such a book: I want to watch an artist paint, to smell the fumes emanating from the paint brush, to see the forms take shape on the once-blank canvas.

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The Swan Thieves revisits certain themes eluzabeth strategies of The Historianchief among them an academic hero who is drawn into a quest for knowledge about the central mystery, only to develop an obsession that becomes the driving force of the plot.