The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

8 / 10

It was one of those days when I got too early in a mall to see a movie, I have to pass the time and so the thought of looking for a good book came into my mind. Entering a bookstore, a lady was enthusiastically recommending to his friend one of the titles displayed in the best-seller sections. The “tsismoso” in me did a little eavesdropping and waited for the two to leave. The book being left, like the rest displayed, got an unknown foreign author in it. I got curious with the mysterious cover and summary, and yes of course I didn’t neglect the word of mouth from the lady, having that is the most effective advertising from any product/service by the way. And so I spent the remaining crumpled money I found from my barely breathing wallet in exchange for the entertainment I’m expecting from this stranger-recommended book.

Yes, it was worth spending those crumpled bills and the eavesdropping.

I got entertained and learned a lot from it. The book is about vampires by the way, no not the emo type which everybody’s been talking about, but about the rumored first vampire himself, Vlad “The Impaler” Tepes or most popularly known as Dracula.

The book will fill you in on information about the history of vampirism as the protagonist, which is the narrator, together with her family, dig deep into the history and mystery of Vlad the Impaler and his Order of the Dragon. It is actually a suspense/thriller novel, you’ll be entertained with a bit of a scare from the dark mysteries expressed brilliantly by Kostova. Imagine Dracula lurking, following you up to this very moment.

The novel is entitled “The Historian” because of the narrator, dealing with most of the research and studies done by her parents about Dracula, eventually became a historian herself just like her father and mother.

Dracula, in the book by the way does not have the cliche objective of ruling the world blah! blah! and so on, but more of being immortal up to this present day with his powerful intellectual possession. You see, I don’t want to be a spoiler in a way, so I just have to say that’s better if you read the book and you will know why. And oh! You have to read the book or watch the movie of Bram Stolker’s Dracula first before flipping this book’s pages. Stolker’s masterpiece is used as reference by the narrator’s father in his pursuit of Dracula’s tomb all over Europe.

Anyway, the first few pages will do bore and confuse you but when you get to finish a few chapters it will definitely make up for the wasted prints. A good book nonetheless.

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