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The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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Apr 29, 12

bookshelves: mystery-thriller
Read from April 25 to 27, 2012

I really wanted to like this book because the premise was so great. Guess I wasn't quite enough the intellectual to understand all the philosopher references, all the Latin, and, of course, the chess - even though the chess-game-run-backwards was painfully explained at one point (even enough for this novice to understand).

Plus the characters were not believable and seemed stereotyped. The author went out of his way to describe one's beauty, and one's sophistication, etc., ad nauseum. Great premise, poor characterization.

What worked was the description of the painting and the 15th century mystery explained. Interesting how one was made to feel inside the painting. My interest waned when I found myself inside a chess game. Guess if I'd been a chess player, I would have liked that more.

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