The Historian: A Gothic Final

Wow! What a night! What a day! I have spent the better part of it, since around 1:30 pm until just about now, reading Elisabeth Kostova’s The Historian I stopped at around page 120 yesterday, and now I have made it to 445. I did sleep for about 3 1/2 hours in that time and accidentally missed the first half of Smallville. So, there went 4 hours of my time after watching the last half of the episode. If I didn’t have to mark notes, I could be a good deal farther into the novel, but I must keep note of certain things. I do have a final exam in about 13 hours, so I have to finish the last 200 pages of this book by then. First, I must get some sleep. I’m shooting for about 4 hours; that way I can have plenty of time to finish the book and take that exam.

The sad thing is that I don’t have to make any higher than a 57 on the test to keep a B in that class (The Gothic), but if I made a 100 (not likely) I would still have a B. That’s how worthless this test is for my grade. But, I suppose I must have some knowledge of the text to keep that B. I have made straight Bs throughout the entire semester in that class.

Essay 1: 80
Essay 2: 84
Essay 3: 86
Reading Response Avg: 85

However, I did happen to make a 9/10 and a 10/10 on two of my six Reading Responses. That’s how I brought the other four 8/10s up to 85%. So, the final is worth 15% of my grade. I know this is terribly boring, and you (whoever you may be) have quit reading this a good while ago. Okay, I’m going to sleep now. I should be back after my final, working on the site a bit. I will have some free time then, because my last 2 finals are not until Tuesday.

4 Responses

  1. Kay
    Kay Published |

    Holy shit! You did that much reading?! LOL. If only I could find a book I honestly enjoy, and even then, I doubt I could read even 100 pages of it, lol.

  2. greenshady
    greenshady Published |

    Yep, that much reading. It really wasn’t worth it for the test. It was worth the read, especially if you’re into Gothic fiction. Which, by the way, I’ve had my share of since August. I’m ready to branch out to some other genres. However, I do have some Contemporary British Lit and Modern Drama under my belt now, also. I’m hoping to read Zadie Smith’s On Beauty since I enjoyed White Teeth so much.

  3. Utenzi
    Utenzi Published |

    So, what did you think of The Historian? Maybe you said in a later post, Justin. I loved the writing but thought the ending really sucked. All that good writing ruined by a weak-ass ending. Damn shame.

  4. Justin
    Justin Published |

    Well, that’s been quite a long time ago now. I did feel the ending was weak. However, I was so sleep deprived that I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I would have if I were reading it bit by bit. There were some long passages that seemed to go on too long, and they simply got boring. Overall, I do agree that Kostova is a good writer.

    My professor, who is a fiction writer also, said he thought she got around a $2 million advance on the hardback. Not bad.


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