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La Cena Secreta (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2006

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Plaza y Janes; Primera Edicion en U.S.A edition (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0307348008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307348005
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Javier Sierra, whose works have been translated into thirty-five languages, is the author of The Lady in Blue and the New York Times bestseller The Secret Supper. His newest novel is The Lost Angel, a breathtaking thriller that explores mankind's eternal quest to discover the truth of our origins -and of our destiny.
A native of Teruel, Spain, Sierra currently lives in Madrid.
Please visit www.javiersierra.com and www.thelostangelbook.com.



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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Emc2 VINE VOICE on March 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you liked the Da Vinci Code, go for this novel. One important warning, so far only a Spanish version is available, but it seems the English version is coming soon.

Mr Sierra did three years of research with trips to Rome, Milan, and Florence before writing this novel; which is based on several "anomalies" you can find on Da Vinci's famous Last Supper, and surprisingly the Holy Inquisition didn't object or did they?. Buy a good reproduction of the painting to follow the clues through the reading. Can you guess which of the apostles is Leonardo Da Vinci himself?

To my taste "La cena secreta" is based more on solid evidence and less speculation than the "The Vinci Code", but that does not make it less interesting. The story is presented through the eyes of a high ranking monk of the Holy Inquisition, which makes the evolution of the plot very unique.

Highly recommended, and guys, practice some of your Spanish and don't wait until the English version is available.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Ortega Fernandez on February 17, 2006
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Al padre Leyre, integrante del grupo Betania (grupo secreto de la curia católica encargado de vigilar y desentrañar posibles movimientos heréticos) se le encarga la misión de vigilar a Leonardo da Vinci e investigar si efectivamente en la obra que está creando "La Cena Sagrada" se encuentra codificado un mensaje herético que puede poner en peligro la autoridad religiosa del Papa.

El libro mezcla con maestría, de manera concisa (muy a diferencia del Código da Vinci) y muy bien fundamentada elementos típicos de este tipo de libros: asesinatos (de personas relacionadas con la creación de la obra "La cena sagrada"), un personaje que anticipa todos estos problemas (el agorero), mensajes cifrados, sectas religiosas desaparecidas (cátaros) y sobre todo el mensaje oculto en la pintura de Leonardo.

La lectura de este libro es muy entretenida, su brevedad comparada con la del "Codigo da Vinci" su virtud.

Carlos Ortega 2006-02-17
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Paguaga on August 14, 2006
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This book is fantastic, probably better than Dan Brown's Da Vinci code. I read it in Spanish and it is extremely entertainning. I am looking forward to read more of Javier Sierra' books. I love the plot, the mistery and the fiction. Great book. A must read if you liked the DaVinci Code.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colleen on July 16, 2007
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This is an relatively easy novel for those trying to improve their Spanish skills, as the mystery is the key element. Fast-paced and interesting. I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Izaguirre on June 18, 2006
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This book keeps you entertained from beginning to end. I read it in Spanish although it is available in English. I like the way it unfolds and allows us to look deeper into Leonardo Da Vinci's work. An eye opening on the catars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carandell on August 16, 2007
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Las continuas explicaciones y detalles complican la lectura de este libro.
Ha veces tengo la impresión que el autor se sirve del estilo de narrativa de "El nombre de la rosa", pero carece de la paciencia para escribir bien y se deja llevar por frases cortas, sin mucho esfuerzo.
Es difícil leer este libro. Es como cuando uno te habla y continuamente saca historias que no tienen mucho que ver con el tema de conversación. Al final uno se pierde y pierde la calma para continuar leyendo.
Es como si el autor quisiera demostrar en todo momento sus conocimientos de temas monacales y de la historia de la Iglesia. Al final resulta un poco pedante y cansa.
Me deje llevar por el buen feedback de otros lectores, para comprar este libro. Definitivamente fue un error.
No es un "torchon" pero no se queda lejos. Comparar este libro con El Codigo DaVinci no tiene sentido, ya que el ultimo es al menos un trabajo mucho mas elaborado donde el detalle no interfiere con la historia narrada.
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By way of "full disclosure," I'm a Catholic priest. In any case, but definitely based on my understanding of the history involved (which was covered in my seminary Church History course under the nomenclature of "the Cathar sect), I would consider the novel's plot (i.e., Da Vinci's supposed placing of gnostic-leaning (i.e., Cathar) ideas into his Last Supper) to be fiction--similar in fact to a theory that George Washington was a secret British spy! I say this because I do not think it is the common opinion of historians but also because, of all sects, the Cathars were so anti-worldly that to believe that someone like Da Vinci who was so involved in the world would be attracted to it strains human credulity--at least it strains mine.

Be that as it may, I still would rate the novel as marvelous historical fiction, well written from start to finish, and containing a veritable treasure-trove of useful new words and idioms for one wanting to improve their Spanish. One warning though: unless you are a native speaker of Spanish, you better have a couple of good dictionaries handy because the author delights in using words in their second, third, or even fourth dictionary sense and regularly employs idioms that seem to reflect the Spanish of Spain more than the Spanish of Latin America--or at least ones that are not familiar to me.
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By greekgoddess on September 19, 2011
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This story has been researched to the nth degree..I love finding out about cryptic messages and ways people communicated through their art. Amazing look at the power of the church in politics and life. It is a keeper, I ordered copies in English to pass on to special friends. I keep looking for further reads from this author. The translation from Spanish to English was superb, no loss in translation.
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