I did it! I read the enter book, The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. For those who are wondering if this is the longest book I have ever read, it is not. It's just that I struggled with this book at the beginning. (See previous post here.) I took two breaks over the course of this read, and read two other books--Dot.Dead by Keith Raffel and The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr--both interesting and decidedly different works. But each time I returned to The Swan Thieves, I was drawn in. Kostova's writing is like sailing--you drift along for the ride and enjoy the beauty of the ocean around you, never once considering there might be something more gorgeous elsewhere, but every once in a while you have to take a break. It's not a that a strong wave crashes into you or anything, you can just only take so much beauty and litheness at once. I needed the short-sentenced writing of Raffel and the supernatural familiarity of Carr and Holmes to help me make it through Kostova. Her book is unusual. It is one long character sketch. One looooooooong character sketch. It is fascinating and you can see how much she enjoyed writing it the entire way through. I think any writer would truly enjoy reading this book, for you can see her craft laid bare in each sentence.