Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.
Ranging from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.
©2010 Elizabeth Kostova; (P)2010 Hachette
I loved it almost as much as The Historian. It is completely different. Incredible characters and as detailed and rich as any painting. Totally worth the credits.
I loved the narration of this book. I can see how some people would find it dull but I was interested in all three stories going on within this books. It's a slow moving work but that is because you get wrapped up in so many facets of peoples lives.
This book was gripping from the beginning. The author is definitley very skilled. The narrative very good and the descriptive sense very high. A crescendo then a terible weak ending. One expected so much more! The grand finale was very deceiving.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I found myself looking forward to my commutes and this is usually a good gauge for me. The narration was quite good and well suited to the characters I thought. I was not bored with the story - maybe because I have an art background and loved the subject, but it was really very well done with a lot going on especially at the end of the storyline. It may not be for everyone - but then what story is!
I enjoyed the story and its premise; however Treat Williams was a huge disappointment, using a very dry sing-song voice. I would have thought an actor would do a better job. I was however very engaged in the female readers stories.
i thought this was a nice mix of true art, and the lines some meet, with mental breakdown. blurring the lines of the fiction we make and what we chose the believe or act on. All the characters matter in this novel.
whew...i listened for hours and hours and finally give up in the last ninety minutes. a long run for what was becoming a short jump. treat williams reads every sentence with the same "melody", very sing-song. basically, the book should have been half as long...and i don't know if it would have been worth it even then.
This is definately a book to listen to! It is beautifully descriptive and almost musical to hear!!Having each character have a different reader makes the book very realistic. The characters come alive. I can't wait to read more from this author!!!!
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