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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The Swan Thieves — Elizabeth Kostova

Beatrice was a beautiful woman, with the passion of a great artist, which of course she was. And Kostova gave too much away at the beginning -the mystery surrounding the painting and Robert and Marlowe ‘s fates seemed so inevitable. Kotova’s prose; her uniquely masterful insight into emotional complexities, are what save this novel despite all these negatives.

View all 8 comments. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: And from my viewpoint, likely meticulously researched. So here we come to the spoilers, if one can spoil something that a reader is bound to guess several hundred pages before the characters do.

Fourth, the characters are very alike. Marlowe marries Oliver’s old mistress because he gets her pregnant.

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The other theme that is addressed in more than one storyline is that of love overcoming age barriers. A better, more thoughtful review as to the multitude of reasons behind my hating this book will be forthcoming. We see her from the perspective of thidves painter again–Quite writerly of Kostova.


From glaring continuity errors to just the depiction of artists Some people have said that this book inspired them to paint and go out and be an artist.

The focus is primarily on The Impressionists, but pointillism, landscapes, Cubism, abstract, still life painting is also referenced. She is depicted as perfectly happy with her husband and daughter, not even missing Uncle very much. I have heard many mixed reviews about The Swan Thieves from my friends. Except not from me.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Every few months, I come across a book that’s so entertaining I don’t want to put it down.

Who, as it turns out, actually already knows pretty much the whole story, but decides to start talking again because The historical characters and their works were made so alive, I feel as if they really did exist. I’ve been listening to this book on CD for book club How about some facts about “first noticed symptoms” or “changes in mood or behavior” or even “what medications was he taking?

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova: review

Well, as you might have guessed, just as Kostova has demonstrated her inability to create convincing modern characters, she is equally bad at creating believable Victorians. Psychologist Robert Marlowe acquires the renowned painter Robert Oliver as his patient, and subsequently travels around meeting people fhieves might be able to shed some light on the reasons behind Oliver’s breakdown.

Frankly, the book suffers from Kostova’s inability to actually create interesting and three-dimensional characters. Little, Brown and Company January 12, Language: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

A psychiatrist attempts to solve the mystery.


We have several relationships that echo each other across time and space. Everybody keeps asking how he paints these pictures, all of them with different expressions, different costumes, different poses. Indeed, there are no surprises and no twists and turns. Those that don’t ruin the reading experience and those that might. And I love it! She turned it over, and then painted one last picture, the eponymous Swan Thievesshowing UAD and his brother as obnoxious hunters grabbing a swan. Why is Robert Oliver obsessed with this woman?

I think a couple of hundred pages of this book might be taken up with dead space because of the abrupt chapter splices and requisite third of an empty page at the start of each chapter. Because she shows up at his apartment, but refuses to talk to him, preferring instead to write out her memories of Robert.

Books of the Week. Sep 26, Aguess rated it liked it. Regardless, I enjoy Kostova’s writing style and I stayed with it to the very end.

thievew He is cured suddenly. Then all the drippy prose about how to paint, or how the light slanted its fingers through the trees, etc etc etc would all have been easy to just accept. Well, it didn’t suck. Apparently he’s just some sort of insane–a version that is never actually diagnosed.

There was no big surprise.