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The Swan Thieves: A Novel
by Elizabeth Kostova

Published: 2010-01-12
Hardcover : 0 pages
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Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand ...
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(Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

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by lindseyschmidt (see profile) 02/23/18

 
  "Swan Thieves"by jpr1506 (see profile) 03/01/12

 
  "The Swan Thieves"by sunnymarshall (see profile) 02/27/12

 
  "The Swan Thieves"by MaryLehman (see profile) 02/25/12

Loved the unfolding like a painting. I could see references to art while reading. Well written.

 
  "The Swan Thieves"by Deneen (see profile) 04/23/11

 
  "The Swan Thieves"by redrose (see profile) 04/21/11

 
  "The Swan Theives"by amkessler (see profile) 04/19/11

At about page 300 I realized that I knew just as much as I did in the first 10 pages. I also didn't really care about the characters very much. There was no "buy in" to the idea that a man would risk... (read more)

 
  "Best discussion ever!"by Kwizgiver (see profile) 01/15/11

From analyzing characters and relationships, art and psychiatry, we had our best discussion ever for the Swan Thieves. The nature of obsession was the focal point of our discussion and we could have talked... (read more)

 
  "The Swain Theives"by emptynester (see profile) 07/15/10

Everybody in the book club really liked it. It was a interesting book, not much drama going on but the characters were interesting and the book was well written.

 
  "An interesting read!"by ACamassar (see profile) 06/13/10

A book that had a lot of twists and turns and flashes from present to past. Gave you many things to think about.

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