Blood Countess (2020)

Blood Countess This work forms part of the tenth anniversary celebrations of the University of Glamorgan It traces the institution s development from its beginnings as the South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Min
  • Title: Blood Countess
  • Author: Andrei Codrescu
  • ISBN: 9780704380110
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • This work forms part of the tenth anniversary celebrations of the University of Glamorgan It traces the institution s development from its beginnings as the South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines to its present day status as a university and sets that history in the context of the university s environment.
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    1. Good God Agnus.This may have been the worst book I ve ever read contending even with Warcraft Day of the Dragon I don t know quite where to begin How about the cover On the hard backed edition I have, the front page reads, Blood Countess A Novel Lie 1 This is not a novel A novel contains a plot One does not exist here Nowhere in all 347 pages of Mr Codrescue s rambling do even the faintest traces of a story appear Instead a long winded, overwritten blizzard of exposition crushes anything that da [...]

    2. Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.No Just, no.I m tempted to leave my thoughts on Andrei Codrescu s The Blood Countess at that, but I think my fellow readers deserve an explanation That said, I want to be very clear that I did not finish this book I made it through 45% of the narrative and bailed I did not bother skimming through to the end as there seemed no point in subjecting myself to material I found both salacious and repugnant I d award a single star to the portion I com [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this book I have a morbid fascination to the famous Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory and have read lots of material about her I would have to say this is defintly up in the top 10 fave books about the Countess This book is incredibly violent and graphic, so the reader should be advised But, although certainly fictionalized, it is reasonably accurate to the facts known about one of the most prolific serial murderers of all time The second plot including Elizabeth s ancestor w [...]

    4. I always want to grumble when a man does a good job writing about women see also Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All but this is one of those books where I have to grudgingly admit I couldn t point to a single thing and say, A WOMAN NEVER WOULD HAVE WRITTEN THAT ABOUT ANOTHER WOMAN Anyway, it was a beautiful, rich, decadent read Kind of hard to build in any kind of climax, though, when the entire thing is so dramatic fine with me, but other people might wish for a higher peak towards the e [...]

    5. Told in parallel stories, The Blood Countess gives a retelling of the alleged crimes of Elizabeth Bathory, a sixteenth century Hungarian noble said to have tortured and bathed in the blood of 650 virgins and her fictional descendant, Drake Bathory Kereshtur, a Hungarian emigre who has returned to his native land to investigate the Blood Countess and reconnect with his own past It is told as if Drake Bathory Kereshtur is giving testimony at a trial He has turned himself in for the murder of a you [...]

    6. Open Road Media is a publisher that if I am unsure of a book, I will try it anyway Usually, I end up loving it The few times I don t, and this is one, it is of a case of the author s style not being to my taste.There is too much telling and not enough showing in the Countess parts of this book for me, and for the modern setting, I just can t bring myself to care Partly it is because of the overt sexuality, and not sensuality at least to my tastes I know it is about the Blood Countess, so of co [...]

    7. The Blood Countess Andrei CodrescuThe other day I was listening to Cruelty brought thee orchids by Cradle of filth which tells the story of the Hungarian Countess Elizabeth or Erzebeth Bathory.Her likeness hung in the black galleryCommanding uneaseDemanding of death to breatheMidst the whirl and daylight fauna of society at courtElizabeth bedazzledHer presence sought applauseThough her torch lit shadow thrown on the damp cellar wallsGreeted nothing but despair from slaves her nights enthralledLi [...]

    8. I just finished reading this for the second or third time, and it is every bit as interesting and captivating as the first time Basically the story of a woman in the sixteenth century who is both spoiled and unable to comply with the definitions of Luther s complacent woman, she is thirsty for experience and knowledge, which eventually leads her down a dark and doomed path Weaving in and out of this main tale of Countess Elizabeth Bathory is the tale of her distant descendant, a man unwittingly [...]

    9. I read this book to get a better sense of some Hungarian legends before traveling to Budapest Despite being about a purported sado masochistic lesbian vampire whose spirit continued to live in her descendants and arose again during the fall of communism, this was an extraordinarily boring book I had high hopes it was written by an NPR reporter who actually was related to the Blood Countess an actual countess who was tried during the 15th century for bathing in the blood of virgins Unfortunately, [...]

    10. Reasonably good, although I couldn t help but think that the author was a dirty, perverted man I ve read numerous pieces of literature and research about Elizabeth and I know she had a perverse side, but I think some of the accounts were wild infatuations of this male authors mind which just overflowed into his writings The story was interesting, it switched between a modern day story and Elizabeth Bathory s day and it kept you on your toes a bit as at times you were quite easily reading two ent [...]

    11. Dac povestea nu ar fi con inut un clar mesaj propagandistic care transform cazul Bathory mai degrab ntr un pretext pentru prezentarea ideilor socio politice ale autorului , volumul ar fi meritat 3, poate chiar 4 stele, av nd o premiz interesant , bine documentat chiar dac nu fidel istoriei i expus nu f r talent.

    12. This is an extremely hard book to rate I really enjoyed it to start off with, although the scenes with Drake were rather dull I kept reading his parts faster so I could get back to Elizabeth Ah, the infamous Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess There isn t a lot of fiction out there about her, and no wonder most people wouldn t have the stomach to write about her evil deeds This book was extremely gory and perverse, but it didn t take away from the story at all Given the time period and the cir [...]

    13. Bloody Magical Realism in the BalkansAndrei Codrescu has created a savory paprikash, served with Tokaji and the occasional bloody sausage His story not only encompasses the anguish of a contemporary journalist, who bears a physical and professional resemblance to Codrescu, but the brutal history of Inquisition era Europe, revolving around the Blood Countess, Erzebet Elizabeth Bathory Both Codrescu and his protagonists are relatives of the Countess Journalist Drake Bathory asks a judge to convict [...]

    14. In this dark book, the author delved deep into the inner thoughts and motivations of Elizaveth Bathory, and in this he excelled I much preferred to stay with Elizabeth s point of view rather than switching back to a modern day descendent But that s because I m a purist when it comes to historical fiction and I tend not to be fond of books set in both present and past times Codrescue does not shy away from the brutality, superstitions, terror, and beliefs of the time including the animosity of th [...]

    15. Being Hungarian I enjoyed the familiar history my father being a buff and naturally had heard about Countess Elizabeth Bathory, in remembering the jokes made about her with my cousins during my teenage years reminded me of the figurine some company made Bathory being such a gruesome historical figure, even for those depraved barbaric times, this novel can turn the stomach It is dark, bloody and disturbing but you should expect as much Bathory was one hell of a disturbed soul With that said, it s [...]

    16. 2003 You might have heard of Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary She s quite infamous You see, the Countess allegedly murdered over 650 young girls She was said to bathe in their blood This novel tells two stories, side by side We have the tale of Elizabeth s life, filled richly with background history so maybe we can understand this woman s ways The other story is of Drake Bathory Kereshtur, a fictional descendant of Bathory who believes his last name will forever haunt him The novel, rich wi [...]

    17. Let me start by saying that I ve read half of this book multiple times As a fan of history and political intrigue, this book is very interesting It s a little odd at times, and can be quite gruesome, but the subject is gruesome I confess that I have repeatedly skipped the modern day chapters of this book In my opinion, they are completely unnecessary I tried once to read them, but then decided it was a waste of time So half of this book is pretty good, the story itself lacks conflict and rising [...]

    18. Since the book was supposed to be about Elizabeth Bathory, I nabbed it as well at the flea market Unfortunately, it was a waste even of that cheap price Whereas the story had a lot of potential, it seemed far that Codrescu was revelling in the gorey, sadistic scenes with Elizabeth and later with Drake than actually telling her story Everything revolved around some sort of sexual perversion, and I highly doubt something as complex as Bathory s wish for youth was solely sexual If I could give it [...]

    19. The story of a descendent of Elizabeth Bathory and how the blood still flows through him Story switches from descendant telling her story to Elizabeth s story from childhood until death A page turner Very graphic of violence and sexual I loved reading this book History is always interesting and The Blood Countess doesn t let you down It is not light hearted Her life was full of seeing sex, abuse, violence and no parental influence This novel goes into and gives you a sense of why she could have [...]

    20. More of a three stars and a half I sort of worry about myself that I liked this book It s very well written, but well written and detailed about extreme, deviant, and psychopathic violence and sex, and sex as violence, and violence as sex Although Codrescu indulges in some sophomoric historical errors ius primae noctis, witchcraft , the general historical feel is well done I think it was a bit weak at the end, but it was certainly a gripping read.

    21. Fiction Told by Countess Elizabeth Bathory s direct descendant, Drake Bathory Kereshtur, a Hungarian, living in New York Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary 1560 1613 was beautiful, and wealthy beyond measure at the age of sixteen Worried of losing her looks the Countess took the advice of Darvulia her spiritual advisor, to take baths in the blood of virgins to regenerate her body Six hundred and fifty young women are said to have died in the Countess s castles.

    22. This is perhaps the only book I know of that has endorsements from William S Burroughs and Tom Robbins Codrescu is an excellent writer, and he did a good job researching the history of the blood countess The SM and asphyxiation scenes later in the novel weren t really to my taste, but it isn t the most disturbing book out there.

    23. Not a book for everyone as it is quite sexually violent and a bit macabre but I found it quite interesting in both story and history.

    24. Although Andrei Codrescu undeniably writes very well, I can t help but come away from this book thinking the man has severe issues All of those of us who are interested in Elizabeth Bathory have a very real idea of the depravity and cruelty of this woman but I would advise you to read Dracula Was A Woman instead.There are many parts of this book that are extremely graphic from the killing of animals which although I don t like reading about, I can understand why some of them are depicted in this [...]

    25. pasted from blog The Blood Countess is a lurid erotic horror novel by Andrei Codrescu It is described in one review as a dark fairytale combined with the Marquis de Sade, which is apt The writing style, very ornate and theatrical at times, reflects the morbid, larger than life spectacle of the story.Elizabeth Bathory was a Hungarian Countess who allegedly murdered several hundred virgins to bathe in their blood to regain her youth The literal bloodbaths are the stuff of legend, though there are [...]

    26. Currently reading and not sure I will finish Rene s rule life is too short to read a book you are not enjoying I want to like it I am familiar with Mr Codrescu through his programs on NPR Elizabeth is a fascinating character The narrator, her descendent, not so much I looked at some of the reader reviews and am encouraged to keep on We ll see Sad to say, I did not like the book I continued with it through the end hoping for something to give meaning to the story but I remain disappointed.The cha [...]

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