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The Last Mona Lisa par Jonathan Santlofer

The Last Mona Lisa (édition 2021)

par Jonathan Santlofer

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Titre:The Last Mona Lisa
Auteurs:Jonathan Santlofer
Info:Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, 2021.
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Mots-clés:fiction, suspense, historical fiction, art, France, Italy

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The Last Mona Lisa: A Novel par Jonathan Santlofer


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One of the most amazing paintings in the world, the Mona Lisa, was stolen in 1911 by Vincenzo Peruggia. I was fortunate to see this painting at The Louvre in 1978, so I was interested in this historical fiction novel.
Told in 2 timelines, 1911 vs present day, it follows art professor and great grandson of Peruggia, Luke Perrone as he tries to discover the story of the theft and what happened to the painting.
Along the way, people Luke encounters end up dead. He also meets a beautiful woman, Alex, but is she helping out hurting him.
The story speculates whether the real Mona Lisa hangs in The Louvre, or is it a forgery? Does a ruthless and unscrupulous art lover own the real painting?
This is an interesting story imagining what might have happened with the painting.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Early Reads program for the book! All opinions are my own and freely given. ( )
  rmarcin | Sep 22, 2021 |
“The Last Mona Lisa” is based on the life of Vincent Peruggia who stole Leonardo’s Mona Lisa from The Louvre on August 21, 1911. I know the story; I have read numerous accounts, and I have watched documentary reenactments. I even have socks adorned with that famous face. What more could this book add to the legacy? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot. What if The Mona Lisa which has been in The Louvre all these years is a fake? How can one be sure?

The story unfolds in a first person narrative by Luke Perrone, an artist and a teacher of art history. He is captivated by the most famous woman in the world: Lisa del Giocondo, the beautiful Mona Lisa, a four-hundred-year-old beauty who was abducted and returned more than once including one time by Perrone’s great-grandfather, Vincent Peruggia.

The chapters alternate back and forth in time between the present and 1911. The narrative is full of feelings, expectations, goals, and motivations. The journey is told through journals written by Peruggia, historic academic research, Perrone’s personal investigations, and INTERPOL inquiries. The Mona Lisa’s adventures throughout the ages are documented including the many forgeries of her, some exposed and some hidden even from the most diligent examiners.

“The Last Mona Lisa” is compelling, unpredictable, and absorbing, page after page as truth melts into fiction and returns to reality. The story is preposterous and yet so believable. Which is Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, and which ones are fakes? I received a review copy of “The Last Mona Lisa” from Jonathan Santlofer and Sourcebooks. The author himself makes replications of famous paintings for private collectors (that can always be identified as replications), and he has reproduced The Mona Lisa many times. ( )
  3no7 | Sep 8, 2021 |
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction for the sheer fact that they lead me to true events that I haven’t heard of before which peaks my curiosity to read a fiction about it but also to research and discover the facts. I also, enjoy these books when I do know the true back story because it makes the novel more relatable for me.
In the case of the Last Mona Lisa I might be embarrassed to say I had no idea that the Mona Lisa had ever been stolen! It was so fun to get some real facts on the background of the theft while also joining along in the mystery behind the man who stole it. I was lucky enough to be reading this during the week the History channel ran their podcast on this very event! It was super fun to cross reference the historical facts from the podcast and the books.
This may sound sexist but this was pretty high emotion and drama which I’m not sure I’m used to from a male author. Jonathan Santlofer really did an excellent job painting the character of Luke Perrone. His bad boy background, his draw to his great grandfather’s criminal activity leading to a light art interest, his alcoholic past, and his macho man struggles.
This book makes you want to go to Italy and Paris to see all the pieces of art mentioned and not mentioned. I know I had to stop reading to google artwork multiple times.
As I write this review I’m tempted to give it 4 stars because there wasn’t much I didn’t like about the book but I have a set way of ranking books and this falls in the category of good, would recommend to a friend, but will never reread and probably just forget about. ( )
  chevheav | Aug 31, 2021 |
Is the Mona Lisa a fake? Vincent Peruggia stole the painting in 1911. Was it ever properly replaced? Luke Perrone is determined to find out exactly what has happened. His research has triggered a warning at Interpol. Luke has managed to integrate himself into the world of art forgery and theft.

The history that runs throughout this novel is superb! It is very well researched and put together. The only reason for the 4 stars…and this is only my opinion…I did not feel as connected to the characters as I wanted to be. But, the art history and the way the author portrayed Florence and Paris, just took my breath away!

Need a good historical mystery…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review. ( )
  fredreeca | Aug 26, 2021 |
Florence, Paris, Da Vinci, and a good mystery. Some of my favorite things. What more could I ask for?
Santlofer has penned a good book here. Relying on historical facts, with a good amount of imagination thrown in, the book is a good read. Action packed, full of twists and turns.
To the reviewers who are complaining about this book being a rip-off of Dan Brown, get over yourselves! Brown wrote some good books in this genre, but he wasn't the first, and won't be the last. There's more than enough subject matter out there to continue in this mold, and Santlofer does a great job at it.
The one thing that I wish had been different, and stops me from awarding a five star review, was the author's tendency to write many, many really short chapters, and start a new one without identifying who he was talking about. Sometimes the main character, many times one of the many other characters, it took a bit to figure out who was talking. It made it confusing, at least to me.
All in all, a really good book. I look forward to reading more from this author. ( )
  1Randal | Apr 16, 2021 |
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