The ever lovely Southern Adventuress has kindly allowed me a guest blog/book review this week. I recently read Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves for the second time in less than a year. When I mentioned rereading this favorite to our very own Southern Adventuress, she inquired what made this book so wonderful I had to read it twice. Well, here goes.
The Swan Thieves is a masterfully written, mystery, history, and love story embedded in the tale of a long deceased French artist. The mysterious artist’s work manages to transcend time and affect the life of a deeply troubled modern day artist; thus, enters psychiatrist Andrew Marlow. Marlow tells the story of the lives intertwined in nineteenth century France and twenty-first century America with sparkling insight and clarity. I must confess while reading I developed a bit of a crush on the brilliant, dedicated Dr. Marlow. His attempt to piece together his patient’s paltry clues and delve into the life of a century old painter proves amazing and ultimately rewarding.
In short, this wonderful novel has a story few could not become engrossed in and Kostova’s elegant language, description, and form will leave you enthralled until the beautiful ending you never expect. Kostova’s near flawless work should be mandatory reading for any history, mystery, romance, or art lover.