The Art Thief
Rome: In the small Baroque church of Santa Giuliana, a magnificent Caravaggio altarpiece disappears without a trace in the middle of the night.
Paris: In the basement vault of the Malevich Society, curator Geneviéve Delacloche is shocked to discover the disappearance of the Society's greatest treasure, White-on-White by Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevich...more
Did this man have an editor? He acknowledges one at the close. If indeed an editor exists with respect to the compilation of this book, perhaps he/she could have borrowed the author's thesaurus. A sample of editorial comments could then have included such notes as this:
"Mr. Charney, It is with most unfeigned sincerity that I present you with these palaverous, verbose, ...more
More than that, however, I adored this book. It is easily one of the best I have read. Of course, all of my reasons are selfish and probably not applicable to most people. This book appealed to all of my favorite things.
It made me feel smart. Scattered, untranslated phrases in French and It ...more
If I could have give this book no stars or half a star I would have...
I picked this book up for all the wrong reasons and I paid for it.
The only part I liked about the book was the background discussion on art and the great artists (and the description of the great meals the two french characters kept eating!); otherwise, the plot, the characters, the narrative, and the ending (ugh!) were horrid. Entirely unsatisfying.
The author is so self-indulgent in this book. He obviously wrote himsel ...more
I was surprised to find accurate interpretations and readings; from an Art History point of view, all of his information was spot-on, and I couldn't help but smile at his various bits of information thrown in there.
That being said, the book built some momentum, and t ...more
Plus, after reading all the hooty-tooty art stuff that the author just had to prove he knew, that picture of him on the back of the book makes me want to punch him in his high-class artsy-fartsy nose.
If I wanted to be subjected to lecture after lecture of dry facts, I'd go back to school. Seriously, in the small portion of the book I could ...more
The book improved much throughout the course of the story. It started out as an uninteresting, rather dull story with disparate characters. Charney employs some rather unusual metaphors and descriptive phrases. At the very end of the story, when all is revealed and the mystery solved, one can look back and say, "Oh yes, this all comes together, how interesting."
Unfortunately, in order to get to that point, the re ...more
Noah Cha ...more
Much of the book is about authentication revolving around two stolen paintings White on White and Caravaggio's Annuciation - and philosophical renderings about art, what we value, what is in our museums, why collectors collect. After reading the book, I question whether all of the paintings we value in museums are authentic. And Mr. Ch ...more
Maybe because I didn't read it all in one sitting, I had a little trouble keeping the characters and settings straight, even though the characterizations were fairly strong. There were just a lot of "main" characters, and the point of view jumped around a lot for me. That said, once the plot all started winding up I could see where he was going with it a ...more
But, there were some excellent scenes in the book. I particularly l ...more
This is a story of 3 art thefts that somehow converged together at the end. Noah Charney has written a clever story and his characters are very funny. BUT, I don't know if the characters would've been as funny silent on the page, as they came into life by Simon Vance. I loved the funny characters and they are worth listening just for that. Very Bri ...more
I would recommend this as an audiobook narrated by Simon Vance.
Here is the excerpt from From AudioFile Magazine:
"Hilarious! Delicious! This deftly plotted mystery is filled with art and French food and delightful heroines and heroes. (Or are they thieves?) Author Noah Charney’s knowledge of the art world is extensive—he headed the first international think tank on art theft—so this romp is not only entertaining, but educational as well. ...more
It's been a busy summer, so I've been reading a lot more audio books than print books. Sometimes I look for an audio book that is on my list of books to read, and sometimes I just scan what is in. The Art Thief by Noah Charney was one that looked intriguing recently.
It starts out with the theft of an altar piece in Italy. The thief repeatedly sets off the alarm but doesn't distrub anything so that the elderly priest assumes it is a malfunction and turns it off. The next morning he notices that t ...more
All that bei ...more