An enjoyable book about the search for one of the missing Caravaggio paintings, The Taking of Christ. Jonathan Harr writes an intriguing tale using fiAn enjoyable book about the search for one of the missing Caravaggio paintings, The Taking of Christ. Jonathan Harr writes an intriguing tale using fiction devices to tell this real life story of art detective work. There are several people profiled in the book and instead of just providing the steps they took in their research and work, Harr includes many details about their personal life. While unnecessary it added to the fullness and rich tapestry of the book, which made the book feel like fiction instead of a dry textbook. Harr makes the tedious sound intriguing.
We accompany two grad students from Rome who follow the trail of documents, one going onto England, Ireland, and ultimately to a dead-end. Then an Italian art restorer working in Ireland discovers the painting in a "religious house." He keeps his discovery as quiet as possible while he does his own investigation to find if of this is the real deal or just another copy.
I got very caught up with the story and know very little about the art world. I enjoyed reading this small glimpse and expect most others would enjoy the book as well. I hope Harr undertakes another investigation and writes a book about it. His previous work is going on my to read list....more
This was an adventure story all right, but the writing wasn’t very good. Too many times I was pulled out of the story by the awkward writing style, leThis was an adventure story all right, but the writing wasn’t very good. Too many times I was pulled out of the story by the awkward writing style, let alone how many times passages were repeated. It really felt like the author didn’t trust the reader to remember anything that came before in the story. Some aspects of the story were not very believable at all. For instance in the beginning the main character Lola hardly slept at all over many days, and should've had jet lag as well. I hardly was wondered what would happen next. Early on the tale told us there would be four clues to find the lost Montezuma gold. And that’s what we got, four clues with a final run for the lost gold. And the ending didn’t feel like any surprise and great anything.
This was the second book in a series, I didn’t read the first, but clearly didn’t need to as the author repeatedly told us what happened in the first book. The ending clearly set up what the next would be. I won't read any of these. This should have been an exciting book, it wasn’t. The locations all in Italy could have been better described, they weren’t. Often I asked myself why keep reading?, But I did, really just to finish it. I thought the idea behind the book was good, but that’s about it. Overall 1 ½ stars....more