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The Historian

The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova April's book club read. Took me most of April and May to get through, but it was worth it. It's a variation on the Dracula myth, based on the surmise that he is an undead and is still existing in this state. He recruits historians, archivists or librarian to his cause, by intriguing them with a seemingly rare and unique book with a dragon wood cut. In this book there are the interwoven tales of 3 historians, who each successively get closer to the truth of finding him. Their aim is obviously to end him with the classic tools of the vampire killer, the stake through the heart, or the silver bullet. There is loads of very believable historical detail in the book. And it all meshes together to make something that you know to be fiction, but has that air of something that could conceivably be real. It's not quite clear who "The Historian" of the title is, there are so many of them in here. But you come round to the sensation that the historian is Dracula, who makes history, not just those who try and discover history.