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29/01/2010

For years I was the typical female reader with a collection of “pink” books, you know those light, single girl on the hunt books with pretty covers and are great when you don’t really want to think about what you’re reading .  Don’t get me wrong, I still read these books from time to time, some of my favorite books fall into this category, but about two years ago I joined a book club at my alma mater and was forced for the first time since high school to break out of my perfect little pink square.  The book that broke my spell was Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.  At first I was a little hesitant about starting this massive book with its creepy cover and intellectual story line, but I opened it up, read the first page and never looked back.  Kostova’s style of writing is unique and from what I can tell by asking around it’s pretty much love it or hate it. The Historian is a book for people who like history, if you get bored easily with dates and places in time then you most likely will not make it through the first chapter.  There is a wonderful story that the book revolves around of course, a father-daughter tale that spans three generations hunting for Vlad the Impaler.  But to get to the story you have to weed through tons of historical facts, dates, legends, and sites (that’s the part I love most about this book!)  I have read this book twice in the past two years and each time I have discovered new and exciting things (as you should with any good book) but beyond that it has enhanced my love of history, one that has been embedded in me for years, but Kostova’s storytelling abilities brought it to the surface.  Give it a shot, who knows what it might bring out in you…  A fashion designer who wants to go back to school to get a masters and PhD in history so she can travel the world one day and write books about it?  Sure, why not?!

The whole point of me rambling on about The Historian?  A. I love, love, love it but 2. I was in Borders last night and to my heart’s delight there on the front table lay Kostova’s second book, The Swan Thieves.  I very rarely if ever buy a hard cover book, I like to read at the gym and be able to carry it around with me, but I could not resist nor bear the idea of waiting another 6 months or so for the paper back version.  I can’t wait to dig in to this massive piece of mystery and discover a whole new side of historical secrets!  I’ll keep you posted…

beauty in words…

27/01/2010

An absolutely amazing story.

I love to read.  I have read some truly wonderful stories over the past few years, and several of them have related to the holocaust.  A topic that I have found fascinating for the last 12 years.  It’s a fascination of the main things that everyone relates to this horrific event, but for me it’s a bit more.  One of the main characters and I share the same borderline obsession… it’s a simple question really, “how can so many people not know?”  I have been studying the events that took place and that surrounded the holocaust for years and it has always been my goal to pass the information along and to see that other people in my generation, a generation born long after Hitler’s evil reign, understand, appreciate and feel the stories that exist.  Anyway, back to the book.  It’s a story that takes place in 1942 and 2001 in Paris.  It surrounds the Vel’ d’Hiv roundup which few people know anything about.  Even with all of my research I hate to admit that I knew nothing of these two tragic days.  It’s history, love, family, and perseverance all tied up in a perfect little package that I recommend all of you add to your reading list!