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I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis
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Dec 17, 09

Read in December, 2009

A really excellent read. I'd never read Jeanne Kalogridis before, but I adore her writing style. Fluid, engaging, descriptive, and so nice to read. In the first part of this story, we hear the tale of how Lisa's life events were set into motion. The Medici family, the most powerful family in Florence, was torn apart when youngest brother Giuliano was murdered in the Duomo by the conspiring Pazzi family. After this, Florence was thrust into turmoil - a new preacher came into popularity, hailed as a sort of Messiah, demanding that Florence turn away from materialism, which caused Florence to turn away from the Medici family.

Lisa is stuck in the middle of all of this. She meets Lorenzo de Medici and through him becomes acquainted with Leonardo da Vinci. All the political, economic, and religious issues of the time come to light as we journey through Lisa's life, and Kalogridis does a wonderful job of connecting actual historical events with fictionalized experiences. There are some major twists that you won't see coming, and that will ultimately surprise you. I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read more of Kalogridis' work.
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Reading Progress

11/29/2009 page 63
12.23% "I'm totally hooked so far. This may be a late night."
11/30/2009 page 128
24.85% "I can't put it down!"
12/03/2009 page 281
54.56% "And the plot thickens..."
12/07/2009 page 463
89.9% "Almost done!"
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