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A fabulous "lost masterpiece" becomes the ultimate prize for an art historian whose ambition consumes everyone around her, an angry young painter with a plan for revenge on the art establishment, and a desperate gallery owner who may have double-crossed his own life away...
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 15th 1986 by Signet (first published 1976)
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Maria Espadinha
Jun 14, 2016 Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prometido e Cumprido


A rapariga entrou na padaria e o padeiro apercebeu-se que não era nenhuma beleza.
Bonita, não!... Mas definitivamente apetecível!
A confiança e ousadia que dela se desprendiam comunicavam ao mundo que fazia apenas o que bem lhe apetecia...

Uma estória que começa assim, não há duvida que promete!
Mas será que cumpre?

Ora, é facto sabido e conhecido que quem faz o que bem lhe apetece, raramente faz o previsível!
Daí que este início possa constituir um excelente ponto de partida para
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Cátia Santos
Apr 27, 2014 Cátia Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um 3,5 para este livro de Ken Follett. Uma viagem pelos meandros das galerias de arte e dos seus subterfúgios.

Uma leitura leve, até no número de páginas (220), mas agradável.
Megan
Aug 16, 2011 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book. Not as suspenseful as other Follett books, but still interesting. Some great twists that I didn't expect. The especially nice one involved Julian and his wife Sara - if you read it you'll know what I'm talking about. I only wish that the characters of Julian and Samantha Winacre could have been fully resolved, as I was left wondering what happened to them eventually. A nice little twist on who concocted the whole plot we're reading about.
Bruno

É um livro diferente, mais virado para o mundo de artes, pintores e galeristas. Não sou um entusiastico deste tema, daí ter ficado aborrecido com algumas descrições... Mas lê-se bem, tem um pouco de aventura e de diversão, ao estilo de Ken Follett que não nos desilude.
Susana
Mar 06, 2014 Susana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policiais, ingleses
(review in English below)

2,5*, só arredondei para cima por ser o Ken Follett...

Estava à espera de mais. Na minha opinião, só começou a animar depois da página 155, o que num livro de 220 páginas já é quase no final...

Achei a trama demasiado simples, apesar da quantidade de personagens e de locais diferentes onde se passa a história. Apesar de girar à volta duma das minhas "paixões" (a pintura), nem isso me cativou.

A única coisa que realmente me agradou foi a introdução, escrita pelo autor em
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Nissa
Jun 05, 2010 Nissa rated it really liked it
This book was loaned to me by a Follett-loving friend. I just checked Amazon to refresh my memory of the basic plot and I can see that the reviewers there didn't love this book. Writing a review six years after the fact is a dicey proposition so I won't go out of my way to praise or bash it but I will say that I enjoy Follett's writing because it allows me to use my brain while I read. His books are guaranteed to get my wheels turning and don't I feel clever when I can follow erudite references ...more
Tempo de Ler
Quando imaginamos um thriller que se centra na procura de uma perdida obra de arte de Modigliani, possivelmente pintada sob a influência de drogas, e associamos este mesmo livro ao nome de Ken Follett é difícil não ficarmos entusiasmados. Contudo, a inexperiência do autor quando escreveu O Escândalo Modigliani transformou em "bom" o que tinha potencial para ser "brilhante".

Neste livro seguimos um grupo de personagens que, embora por motivos bem diferentes, possuem um objectivo em comum: deitar a
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Maria
Dee Sleign, formada em História de Arte, persegue o rasto de um Modigliani desaparecido que poderá ser o tema base para a sua tese de mestrado. No entanto, por ingenuidade sua, vai contando, através de postais, a sua investigação e há mais interessados na descoberta desse quadro.

Por um lado encontramos o tio de Dee, que logo que sabe que poderá haver possibilidade de encontrar um quadro raro, de quem nunca ouviu falar, contrata um detective privado para ir no seu encalço. A sua descoberta poderi
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Margarida
Mar 12, 2014 Margarida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
A escrita é fluída, embora a trama não me tenha prendido. O enredo tem alguma acção, com a perseguição ao quadro de Modiglliani e o plano dos falsários, mas pareceu-me demasiado simples. A acção só engrena a partir da 2ª parte do livro, o que faz com que o leitor possa perder o interesse logo no início.
A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Ken Follett, in his preface to The Modigliani Scandal says something along the lines of: “I set out to write a deep and meaningful novel about the human condition, but everyone who read it thought it was a fast-moving caper story.” That might well be the reason why I put the book down at page 83 with no desire to ever pick it up again. The characters are written as real people, with real emotions and real problems (which makes the caper plot feel serious when it should be frothy), but they’re bo ...more
Carla Faleiro
Este é a minha estreia com o autor. Um autor de quem tanta gente fala.
Não foi uma má leitura embora estivesse à espera de algo mais intenso.

Para quem gosta de arte e mistério, esta é uma leitura agradável mas sem pretensões a uma grande obra.
Mr. Kun
Jan 19, 2017 Mr. Kun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un nuevo Ken Follett ha llegado a mi librería y la verdad es que me ha gustado, pero no tanto como otros leídos anteriormente. El modo de narración de Ken Follett es mi gran debilidad, así que ya de por si la puntuación del libro era buena. El tema de la historia (los cuadros y el mercado del arte) no es algo que me haya apasionado especialmente, pero la trama del libro hace que sea bastante interesante todo. Lo que más me ha gustado ha sido el final inesperado con el que cierra todo el misterio ...more
Apokripos
May 17, 2009 Apokripos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to die hard Ken Follett fans
Recommended to Apokripos by: found it at BookSale
“The Modigliani Scandal” by Ken Follett (Book Review)

“The Modigliani Scandal” is a lighthearted early caper from internationally renowned master thriller writer Ken Follett.

The plot concerns Dee Sleign, an art historian on the hunt on her next thesis subject; Charles Lampeth, a genteel cunning gallery owner who hires private detective Dunsford Lipsey; and Julian Black, a desperate man mired in debt setting up his own art establishment. All these characters converge on track of a “lost masterpi
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Catherine Gauthier
Je vous préviens, je déteste ce genre de livre. Ils sont sans grandes surprises et l'originalité y est souvent nulle. J'ai tout de même pris la peine de le lire, car Ken Follet est un écrivain extrêmement populaire de nos jours. J'avais une certaine curiosité; pourquoi est-il si populaire. Je n'ai pas trouvé de réponses à ma question. Bien-sûr, «Le scandale Modigliani» est son premier roman, datant de 1976, et qui vient d'être réédité et traduit, suite à l'engouement populaire de l'auteur.

En fa
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Christian Scala
Jan 28, 2011 Christian Scala rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Lo scandalo Modigliani, in originale "The Modigliani Scandal" è il primo romanzo di Ken Follett pubblicato nel 1976 con lo pseudonimo di Zachary Stone. È considerato, in genere, una delle sue opere minori.

La trama del libro: si narra di una sorta di caccia al tesoro nel mondo dei falsari d'arte, scatenata dal ritrovamento di un dipinto che si pensava perduto, realizzato da Amedeo Modigliani sotto l'effetto di droghe. I protagonisti sono due, come nei numerosi romanzi di Ken Follett: Dee Sleign e
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Stephanie Graham Pina
The author himself is a bit dismissive about this book in his introduction. It is one of his earliest works, so I didn't judge the book too harshly (mainly because his intro was a bit self deprecating and I'm a sucker for that). It is a lighthearted caper and I enjoyed the characters, of which there are many. It is a quick, easy read (the author describes is as "fizzy") and for pure escapism it serves its purpose. Pros: I like the glimpse into the inner workings of the art world, I love the thou ...more
Shalini M
Mar 14, 2013 Shalini M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This story is based on the world of art - it highlights the hypocrisy exhibited by the collectors and dealers - their allegiance to well-known maestros, and indifference to yet unproven artists (even if they are good); the extremely high stakes involved, and the abounding forgeries.

And like 'A Place called Freedom', it is also quite different from the usual spy/thriller fare of Follet. The author acknowledges that this is an experimental work, and may be disappointing to critics and readers. But
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Allison
I found this book at a hostel library in Athens. It was the only book in English, so I figured that it was worth a read. I liked this book, it was fun to read and the ending was satisfying. It did have a few flaws, for example I didn't appreciate how literally every time a male character saw a woman (the secretary, some lady walking down the street) he had to go on and on about how much he wanted to sleep with her... The book was fizzy and lighthearted and a lot of the art/business aspect went o ...more
Angela Gaskell
I like The Modigliani Scandal for its simple mystery. The plot is fabulous in this book. I thought of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons while reading. The reason is for this book's inescapable suspense and travel to Italy, Greece, England, etc. I enjoyed the trip.

The focus on artwork that Follett includes is what makes this book fabulous and anticipatory. I found myself reading for the sake of the art work. At some points I could guess very easily what was going to happen, but overall the
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Maria Carmo
A nice thriller, bringing the reader smack into the world of Art galleries, and the many subterfuges used in order to survive in such a competitive world. Uncanny characters, some of them with a cool "savoir faire" that will enable them to survive the complex world of forgery and competition.
A subtle sense of humor completes this work which is quite good, although not my favorite when compared with the great historical fiction of the Author related to the second world war (I LOVE those).

Anyway,
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Marisa Fernandes
Confesso que estava à espera de um escândalo mais intenso... Mas como também já tive oportunidade de ler, esta foi uma das primeiras obras do autor, o que pode justificar esta minha impressão.
Ainda assim, mais uma vez se comprova que escrever uma história em torno do mercado de arte é sinónimo de sucesso... Sobretudo para todos aqueles que, como eu (e não dominando o assunto), se interessam sobre História de Arte!
No essencial, gostei do estilo de Ken Follett e fiquei com vontade de explorar ma
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Rosemary
Sep 01, 2011 Rosemary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I doubt if the book had much of a readership before "The Pillars of the Earth" came out. It was initially, and not surprisingly, published under a pseudonym. A somewhat contrived plot, difficult to really believe. A few sex scenes and innuendos thrown in for good measure. You really do wonder why we have the heroine taking off her knickers in the crypt of a church to remove the dust from a set of old paintings. I was rather surprised too to discover Livorno (Leghorn) located on the Adriatic Coas ...more
Sibil
May 10, 2016 Sibil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The three stars are all for the ending.
The ending was pretty good, almost amazing, actually. It's a real plot twist and.. wow!
The rest of the book is simply "meh". Before I read the last 60 pages I was sure that I would have give 2 stars to this book because is soooooo boring and so... I don't know, unuseful maybe?
I mean in the first half we just see a lot of characters go here and there and do things. But it seems that there is no goal (and ok, in the end you can also understand why... but it
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Kurt Gielen
Jan 20, 2013 Kurt Gielen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe this is from the same author who gave us Pillars of the Earth.
What a load of rubbish.
Story doesn't make sense, characters are awful and overall a real struggle to get through.
I wanted to stop reading so many times, but because of his other work I remained hopeful he would bring it all together in the end. Unfortunately not.
If you want to start reading Ken Follet, do not start with this one.

I guess this book also shows that practice makes perfect, even for writers.
Mary Monks
Feb 02, 2017 Mary Monks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this story, but must admit I got a bit lost with all the characters!
It is set in the world of art dealers, painters, critics and crooks!!!! Some of the characters belong to more than one of the aforementioned categories!
There is a rumour that a painting by the famous Modigliani has been discovered in a remote Italian village. It would be worth a fortune for whoever managed to acquire it. There is more than one person on its trail.
There is the scandal of art forgeries being purchased
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Ronald Wilcox
A young English woman thinks she may have unearthed evidence of a lost painting by an Italian master painter, Modigliani. She sends postcards telling her uncle and her friend about her search; when seen by various people, these lead several others to join the search. As a side story, two painters get frustrated with the English art scene and decide to play a masterful hoax on ten gallery owners. Somewhat muddled at times, still an enjoyable diversionary read.
Nancy
Dec 08, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book about the art world. Artists and gallery owners are all mocked as they try to make a living off of people who want to buy art. It was written 20 years ago so there is not a lot of texting or cell phones and modern technology, but the basic premise holds up well.
Tony
Jan 09, 2017 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the only time I will say this about a Ken Follett book; this would have made a better movie.
Rosalie Vaccaro
Was not as good as I thought it would be. Maybe I lost my place someway.
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Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy. He was made a fellow of the coll
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