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The Historian: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova
The Historian: A Novel

Rebekah, March 10, 2007

After reading this book, I felt inspired to read lots of history, about Eastern Europe and Turkey in particular. That effect is nifty considering Kostova's romantic view of the historian's discipline. Yes, the book deals with vampires. Also, the plot spans many countries, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives on the value of history in modern life. Not only did this novel treat me to a page-turning, dark, vampire adventure, it also, secretly, taught a real philosophy of history.
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Secret History

Rebekah, March 10, 2007

I stayed up all night reading this book! "The Secret History" is one of those novels you want to race through because the author has built up such a strong sense of anticipation, but you also want to read v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-ly so that you can savor every part. Tartt explores the human fascination with violence and escapism in intellectual prose that both tantalizes and shocks. This is an indulgent yet edifying read from which you might even learn a thing or two about classical literature and philosophy.
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