This will be a short and rather basic post. The main reason is that I only read one book this month. What an anti-climax considering I’ve read roughly 4-6 each other month this year. Combine illness, with study and personal commitments so that by the time I found some time in bed to read, I couldn’t invest a large amount of time to the task.
The text I read was more dense literature than I’ve tackled and was an area of personal interest, considering its authentic summation of research techniques. Also it was about Eastern Europe 400-500 years ago and it was about the real Count Dracula, Vlad III the Impaler.
A book set in a place you’ve always wanted to visit.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Our hero, a young history doctoral candidate is researching Dutch merchants and trade laws of the 1500’s (I think the century is right). With a curious event he quickly finds himself embroiled in an ancient mystery, his historical curiosity and precise research skills propelling him deeper into the story.
As the search deepens we encounter people in the same situation from many nations and times have been challenged with the same curious proposal.
In an alternating timeline our herpes daughter inevitably takes up the search and discovers secrets of her father with it. The range and depth of research are astounding and the thoroughness of the search is pleasing in itself for anyone who appreciates organization.
Age old questions are answered and yet my hunger for more knowledge on the topic is unabated.
The place I want to visit? Turkey and Romania.
The description in the narration? Exquisite.
Would I recommend this to others? In a heartbeat.