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The Modigliani Scandal

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  3,450 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Afabulous "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 ownerwho may have double-crossed his own life away... ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 15th 1986 by Signet (first published 1976)
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Cátia Santos
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.
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
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.

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.
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
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
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 1985, cerca de 10 anos de ...more
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.
Aug 25, 2009 jzhunagev rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to die hard Ken Follett fans
Recommended to jzhunagev 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
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
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
Stephanie 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
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
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
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
Kurt Gielen
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.
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.
"Não posso provar se um quadro é genuíno. A única forma de conseguir isso é ver um artista a pintá-lo do início ao fim, depois levá-lo consigo e trancá-lo num cofre. Assim pode ter a certeza. Tudo o que eu faço é tentar provar que é uma falsificação. Há variadíssimas maneiras de uma falsificação se poder revelar, e eu conheço a maior parte delas. Mas se não encontrar nada de errado, o artista pode, mesmo assim, aparecer amanhã a dizer que nunca pintou aquilo, e não teríamos argumentos. Compreend ...more
Patricia Rodrigues
Pelo que li, este foi um dos primeiros policiais escritos por Ken Follett e pelo menos para mim, notou-se que este livro não está à altura do que já li do autor.
Temos um grupo, um pouco grande, de personagens que andam todos à procura de uma obra perdida de Modigliani. É interessante ir acompanhando os diversos personagens na tentativa de encontrar o livro, no entanto achei algo confuso termos tantas personagens, e por ser um livro relativamente pequeno, não temos grande desenvolvimento das mesm
Ivo Filipe
O Escândalo Modigliani é um livro precoce na obra de Follett, e isso nota-se! Quem já leu os Pilares da Terra, a Queda dos Gigantes, um Mundo sem Fim ou até os mais "fáceis" O Voo das Águias ou Triplo percebe que não estamos na presença de um Follett vintage.
Não nos identificamos com os heróis, não abominamos os vilãos, tudo se passa numa espécie de conto com pouca intensidade e caracterização, onde nos é contada uma história e pouco mais! Há um certo suspense, um twist final e pouco mais.
Não é
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
As a Ken Follett devotee, I was seriously disappointed by this novel. The search for a Modigliani painting is the unifying theme with various groups of characters approaching the pursuit with different motives. The characters are not that appealing and in the end this reader didn't care who captured the prize. The book is little more than an adventure tale exposing the usual human motives with the added bonus of a peek into the world of art buying and selling. Was glad when it was over and I cou ...more
Iván Braga
Acostumbrado a leer las excelentes novelas históricas de Ken Follet, me entusiasme a leer esta novela del autor que se sale un poco de su línea principal. La trama ocurre en el mundo de la pintura con la interacción entre artistas, coleccionistas, dueños de galerías e inversionistas. La historia es interesante, entretenida y muestra las tensiones y manejos de ese mundo. Si bien me gustó la novela, especialmente el manejo final de la historia, claramente, a mi gusto, no alcanza el nivel de las ot ...more
Anne Claire
Je retrouve avec plaisir la plume de Ken Follett dans ce court roman qui nous fait voyager de Londres à la Toscane en passant par Paris à l'occasion de la traque d'une oeuvre d'art perdue de Modigliani.
Par sa poésie et sa façon de manier le suspense, Ken Follett parvient à intéresser même le moins érudit en matière d'art et à lui donner l'envie de découvrir cet univers.
Le prologue de Ken Follett est assez déroutant car il avoue lui-même ne pas être parvenu à produire l'oeuvre qu'il aurait souhai
Il romanzo si basa sulla caccia al tesoro di un quadro sconosciuto di Modigliani molto diverso dalla sua normale produzione, ma si concentra su tutti gli avvenimenti che si mettono in moto da questa caccia, più che sulla quest in sé: i galleristi che mettono in moto i propri detective per "soffiare" il quadro, il nuovo del settore che vuole usare il quadro per avviare la sua attività, l'artista contemporaneo che viene messo da parte dai galleristi per galoppare e arricchirsi sulla scoperta e dec ...more
DH Hanni
This and 'Paper Money' are some of Follett's earliest works published under the pen name of Zachary Stone. Like 'Paper Money' this is set in the mid-1970s London and is a breezy tale following multiple lives all trying to get their hands on a painting by a dead master. Some want it to further their academic career as an art historian while others want it purely for the sizeable money it will bring in.

There are a lot of characters, as there usually are in Follett books, but at times I did get a
Kate Millin
Is Modigliani's missing masterpiece a priceless lost treasure or a chillingly dangerous game?
A quick but interesting read about the potential to scam the art world. It is also a commentary on the way in which money is made in the art world and who gets it - with the artists themselves being very low in the food chain. A fascinating concept with lots of twists - another excellent Ken Follett novel.

Chris Perrin
It's hard for me to rate this book. On one hand, it's plot (the search for a lost Modigliani painting) was interesting, but since I know little about art it wasn't really interesting. Plus, this was the first novel (that he'll claim anyway) from a master novelist, so it was a bit, as he put it, fizzy.

Ultimately, while reading it I was amused, but if I didn't know that Follett would grow up and write some AMAZING stuff (see: Pillars of the Earth) I am not sure I would ever pick up another one.

Anabela Barata
O primeiro livro que li do Ken Follett e gostei.
Não é o meu autor favorito mas como não tinha grandes espetativas de ir gostar acabei por ser surpreendida.
Por vezes fiquei um pouco baralhada com as transições de narrador mas agradou-me o enredo e a procura do quadro mostrou o lado "melhor" de cada um.

Intriga, traição, roubos e amor são as palavras chave deste livro.
Vou ter de arriscar e ler mais Follett para depois tirar conclusões.
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