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Except for a couple of tennis dates and a dinner of excellent moussaka at a friend's house on Saturday evening, I spent most of the weekend reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It's definitely in the same category as The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason and of course The DaVinci Code.

It's a very absorbing, fast read, and my affinity for it is probably best explained by my undergraduate career as a history major. I don't think people realize how much of History the Academic Field (as it's taught now, anyway) is more of a detective story or a treasure hunt, rather than dry memories of dead white men and dates. There are certainly moments when I'd prefer sitting in a nice library rather than being jostled along on an unpaved road during the rainy season or picking dead flies out of my Coke again.

I should explain that I was laid up for most of the weekend because of an unfortunate tumble playing tennis on Saturday morning. I ended up with a bruise layered with a number of abrasions on my right knee and both my hands were scraped. So a good thriller was just my speed.

Links: Salon.com's review of The Historian which mentions another thick favorite of mine, The Makioka Sisters.
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On May 29th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
The Historian
Wow! I'm glad someone I know liked this. I read this book last summer and found it tedious (there's that word again. It's a theme in my life... Hm.) and disappointing. I thought the Da Vinci Code was much, much better. I blogged about this last summer. Check it out and then, please, dear TtJ, enlighten me, because I fear I missed something significant.

http://dcrushhour.blogspot.com/2005/08/historian-elizabeth-kostova-647-pages.html

JMK
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On May 29th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Re: The Historian
Oh well! I hated The DaVinci Code. I thought it was a lot more pretentious and harder to follow. Also, I've visited a couple of places mentioned in The Historian like Istanbul, and visited other countries formerly under the Ottomans (Albania and Macedonia), which adds a different flavor to reading the book.
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On May 29th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
Oh, OW about the knee. I've taken a couple of bruise + abrasion combos to the knee while rollerskating, and they always hurt like hell and take forever to heal.

Hope you feel better and heal fast!
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On May 30th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! It sounds like you're feeling better too...enjoy GC! Wish I could join you.
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