Publish date: January 2009
Pages no: 644
Edition language: Italian
The Swan Thieves is a novel supposedly modelled on Conrad's Lord Jim, following psychiatrist Andrew Marlow as he attempts to cure his patient Robert Oliver, a painter obsessed with one unknown woman, painting her over and over again with disturbing realism.I read The Swan Thieves because I had alrea...
Andrew Marlow, by profession a psychiatrist who specializes in mental disorders in creative people, gets a new patient - acclaimed artist Robert Oliver, who has been arrested for attempting to slash a painting in the National Gallery. Other than a few cursory sentences on admission, Robert chooses ...
Loved The Historian. Didn't love The Swan Thieves. Kostova is an intelligent writer, but this book lives and dies on characterization and first person narrative, and I didn't feel like the various narrators' voices were distinct enough. They all sounded like Kostova.In addition, the level of deta...
I'm torn on this book. I enjoyed reading it - it moved along quickly, had an interesting plot. Things kept bothering me, though - for one thing, I didn't think much of the psychiatrist - and since he was in some ways the main character, there was no escaping this. Had he no concept at all of ethic...
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