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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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.

Know it all older men who really couldn’t find a door right in front of their noses. I would say that the author was a middle aged man if I didn’t know better. I do wonder if male readers have sensed the same shadow, found the voice of Dr. Apparently he’s just some sort of insane–a version that is never actually diagnosed. He thinks he’s so wonderful that the young women around him must feel his longing gazes and return them in kind.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. I wouldn’t recommend anyone wasting their time reading this book.

With the whiz bang opening, I had some hopes that this would be like A. Marlow almost becomes obsessed with his new patient, and he crosses many professional lines in attempting to understand the “why” behind Robert’s illness. He lets Marlow take copies, but since Marlowe can’t read French, the letters have to be translated and are mailed to him as the translations are completed.


Rene said – It’s amazing how one man’s meat is another man’s poison – I absolutely loved this book from first to last page. He leaves Goldengrove a few days later.

I just finished reading this book and decided to write some comments: If someone is born in they couldn’t be a small child going to the Rockefeller Christmas show that same year! Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. No, actually it isn’t, and this is why I’m now in number 4.

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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? This isn’t The Time Traveler’s Wife! Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Why is Robert Oliver obsessed with this woman?

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

First, although the main character acknowledges he is violating psychiatric practice, he really goes way beyond what would be considered psychiatrically ethical. Marlowe’s generic narration of the novel sounds exactly like Kate’s talking about her husband, which sounds exactly like Mary’s written narrative, which sounds exactly like the third person sequences set in the 19th century.

Byatt’s Possession for the painting set. Foreheads are transparent and I’m sure other body parts too that I’m just forgetting kotsova were mentioned.

This apparently frustrates a lot of people, but it’s what made the book so appealing to me. It is a simple story told in a unique way. The reader’s delight and totally unavailable through any other entertainment medium. So of course, the unscrupulous art dealer picks it up and apparently we never actually read the letter it contains some completely uncharacteristic description of their relationship, so the Unscrupulous Art Dealer uses it to blackmail her.


After thinking it was the readers I disliked, Kostoba picked up the book to read myself only to hear their voices in my head.

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova: review

And this is not something that can be taught. I want to say that Kostova is thieces shitty elizaeth, 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.

We have mysterious letters, written in French, from a century ago. It seemed Kostova had finished with the heavily researched intrigue and wanted to, finally, tie a pretty bow on it all.

But all that is secondary to the predictable plot and the bad writing. The main character, Dr. Books by Elizabeth Iostova. I was, apparently, one of the few people not giddy about The Historian. We are told over and over again that Marlow that’s the main character can make a stone talk.

A marriage, of course, based on true love?

A very disappointing second book from Ms.