Book Review: The Swan Thieves

The Swan ThievesThe Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I should have stopped reading this book at about page 200 when it was really dragging but for some reason I decided to plough on for another couple of weeks and get it finished.

I was disappointed with it after enjoying The Historian so much. This is a totally different book. The basic story is of a psychiatrist who is trying to discover why an artist attacked a painting in an art gallery, as he has decided to give everyone the silent treatment. We go on a very overlong journey into the artist’s life, how he met his wife, their life together, how he left her and how he met another woman and their whole history, blah, blah, blah. It just went on and on…….

Running alongside is the story of a female artist in the 19th century who strikes up a relationship with her husband’s uncle, finally having a brief affair with him.

There are lots of art references in the book, and not being an art lover I didn’t know the paintings or artists being referred to. I’m sure an art lover would enjoy the book more and could imaging the paintings mentioned. I don’t even know if the lady in question was actually a real person/artist.

So overall, too long, too much information about the relationships and a bit of a weak storyline. Disappointing.

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