The Flanders Panel
Formally, it's a very stylized murder mystery. Julia, the sexy but childlike Alice figure, is a Madrid art restorer. She receives an unu...more
This re-read had me focusing a lot more on characterization since I didn't have to be obsessively caught up in the mystery. What is beautifully done here is showi...more
Restoring a 15th century painting “The Game of Chess” by Pieter Van Huys, Julia, an art specialist, discovers a hidden Latin inscription: Quis Necavit Equitem. Translated as Who killed the Knight?, the text gives a different hue to the work featuring the Duke of Flanders and his Knight playing a game of chess with a mysterious lady in black hovering in the background. As Julia tries to investigate deeper, the painting sheds layers of meanings and references that seem to point to a 15th century m...more
The chess side of things was very clever, but got a bit overwhelming toward the end I felt. But a clever alternative view of a murder mystery. In a way it reminds me of a Nancy Drew mystery as they often revolved around objects.
[The rest of my comments are taken from a mailing list discussion and as such contain spoilers!]
[on the setting]
OK, from a quick glance through all the answers over the weekend itlooks like I'm going to be one of the few people here who reallyenjoyed this book so I'd better get on...more
The simplest way to describe it is the novelisation of Douglas Hofstadter's opus, "Godel, Escher, Bach." In fact, it is impossible to believe that Perez-Reverte had finished G.E.B. more than ten minutes before furiously scribing "The Flanders Panel."
I wanted to love it because I love books based on puzzles and logic, and GEB may be one of my favorite books of all time.
But the novel is just so weak. The characters (charicatures?) were flat and absurd - how many...more
Tandis que Julia s'efforce de déchiffrer cette énigme, elle découvre que le peintre a peint ce tableau deux ans après la mort du chevalier. Piquée par la curiosité, elle décide d'...more
Set in Madrid a young art expert is given a well-know painting to restore for an auction. During th...more
Em geral gosto dos enredos que ele constrói mas a escrita nem sempre é fluida, frequentemente empanca em blocos mais descritivos que parecem estar só a reter o leitor (uma espécie de suspense à força)... Este livro também tem algumas partes assim, mas são po...more
Los personajes son simpáticos, y se nota que Pérez-Reverte los aprecia mucho. El misterio que mezcla al ajedrez con el crimen está muy disfrutable, muy bien desarroll...more
The protagonist of the novel is Julia, a young and attractive art-restorer living in Madrid and her attempts to uncover the mysteries concealed by the work of a lon...more
***SPOILER***There could have been much more to the ending, b...more
I figured out the whodunnit very early on. The author makes such a point of saying, "HERE'S THE THEME" so often that it was hard to miss, I think. But, while I normally get bored with mysteries where I clue in that early, this held me throughout: it was almost more fun to study the characters' actions and reactions knowing who was pulling the strings.
The ending still managed...more
I read it in English and I found the translation to be lacking. The narrator would write something that sounded like an English cliche, but change a few of the words around. (I don't have the book or I would give an actual example, but here's a fake one...more
I did enjoy reading about the work---and how Julia tried to figure out who kille...more