The Modigliani Scandal Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 1986
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"Great entertainment." —The Baltimore Sun
"Gripping." —The New York Times
"Follett really knows how to tell a story." —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Follett is a master of crafty plot and incredible detail." —Time
"The man tells a story so well. . . . Follett can make things glow with some beautifully written episodes." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Follett is a master." —The Washington Post
"Few authors deliver as consistently as Follett." —Pittsburgh Press
"A major talent." —Booklist
About the Author
Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.
In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.
- Publisher : Penguin Books (July 15, 1986)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451147960
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451147967
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 4.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.12 x 0.78 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #717,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When I was finished with the book, I was sure it was written by a straw, not him.
Very disappointing. Perhaps he learned a lot as he went along as this was an earlier book, but I would say to others, skip this one and move to the more recent books especially his trilogy books, they are great.
What on Earth happened in this book? Maybe a forgery of a forgery of a forgery? i don't know. I completely lost the line after a couple of the first pages. Tens of completely insignificant dialogs until page 100. Could have been written by anybody. Then a recognizable Follett popped up. But still I was deeply disappointed. Could not follow the line. My fault: not even a rudimentary acquaIntance with art world. Felt as if the exact purpose of Follett had been to show just that, my, the general reader's lack of cultural education. I was ready to damn the book to hole of earth. Then there was the rounding up of the intrigue, the vernissage. Follett recognizable, but the subject matter still not, if not a scandal of a forgery of a forgery with Follett sneering at the background?
I pull a leg to Follett: one star.
It makes you think how many of the so called "masterpieces" have really been drawn by the supposed artist.
If all masterpieces are really drawn by its claimed artist, then some painters must have been producing several pieces each day throughout their lives. "Fakes" is the most logical explanation for several well know painters.
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It would be very easy to knock "The Modigliani Scandal", but come on, we all have to start somewhere. OK so its a simple read although there are too many characters for the scale of the story that makes it confusing at times and difficult to remember who's who, there is a quite a lot of fluff that just fills out the page count, and yes it's too contrived and there are too many coincidences, and of course it's dated; I could go on but you get the point. But as a quirky little tale it's quite fun; there's a twist in the last few pages that is worth waiting for and you can detect the signature "Follett" style that would emerge fully formed later, but here it's a bit raw, in many ways a lot like an early Modigliani before he properly hit his stride.
So while it's not a five star read, it's quirky and would make a nice little two hour period TV piece for a Bank Holiday weekend, so give it a chance but remember you have been warned.
The all city was looking for some works that the modigliani himself presumably threw in a canal after being annoyed and depressed with all the critics and teases on his works.
A young medicine student at his first year with no art experience with the help of few friends one night sculpted one head in the modigliani style and threw it in the canal near where the council was excavating.
Few days after that sculpture was everywhere in the news and special tv programs where hold with art critics appreciating the fine art of the sculpture that unmistakably belonged to the famous painter.
An other two sculpture where found ,to later discover belonged to a different forger,in the following days and the all country was amazed and the heads where exposed in museums for people to see, until the two forgers come out and ridiculed all the art experts in what resulted in one of the biggest scam of the century.
Going back to the book is a very light entertaining read far from the more polished Follett we know and love but nonetheless a must read for Ken fans.
But, in my opinion, the book is worth the effort and I didn't anticipate the twist at the end, very good.
The book also shines a spotlight on the hypocrisy of the art world, which is as true now as when the book was written.