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The Modigliani Scandal

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A lost masterpiece. A bitter revenge.

Modigliani. Unarguably one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Modigliani's women. Those elongated, haunting figures, as eternally provocative as the Mona Lisa. And Modigliani's missing masterpiece. A priceless lost treasure - or a chillingly dangerous game? Up and coming artist Peter Usher has still to exhibit anywhere, still to ma
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Paperback, 279 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Pan (first published 1976)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: artists, greed, thriller
”One does not marry art. One ravishes it.”
---Edgar Degas


Dee Sleign is hanging out in small cafes, exploring fussy, tucked away museums, and doinking, like she invented sex, an older, richer boyfriend.

She is having the Paris experience.

She isn’t sure what she should do with the rest of her life, but she gets this idea of exploring the influence that drugs had on Impressionist art for a thesis. Dee is told about an old man who knew the Impressionist painters when they were still alive. He is li
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Maria Espadinha
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prometido e Cumprido


A rapariga entrou na padaria e o padeiro apercebeu-se que não era nenhuma beleza.
Bonita, não!... Mas definitivamente apetecível!
A confiança e ousadia que dela se desprendiam comunicavam ao mundo que fazia apenas o que bem lhe apetecia...

Uma estória que começa assim, não há duvida que promete!
Mas será que cumpre?

Ora, é facto sabido e conhecido que quem faz o que bem lhe apetece, raramente faz o previsível!
Daí que este início possa constituir um excelente ponto de partida para
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Cátia Santos
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anna Maria
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I said I read this book many years ago and it was worth reading it again.
In The Modigliani Scandal, Dee Sleign searches for a lost Modigliani painting, which was painted while the artist was under the influence of hashish. She wants to study it for her doctoral thesis on the relationship between drugs and art. But even others want it: Dee's uncle, Charles Lampeth, wants it for his well-established art gallery in London and Julian Black wants it to bring prestige to the new gallery he is star
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Ajeje Brazov
Primo libro che leggo di Follett e primo romanzo che lui ha scritto. Questo romanzo lo presi, tantissimi anni fa, perchè volevo leggere qualcosa di Follett e dato che non volevo imbattermi ne "I pilastri della terra", che è la sua opera più rappresentativa, perchè le 1000 e passa pagine mi respingevano, allora ho optato per questo con argomentazione di arte e nello specifico delle opere di Modigliani.
La lettura parte molto bene, scrittura scorrevolissima e piacevole da leggere, di certo, come in
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Megan
Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bruno

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.
Julia
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Susana
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policiais, ingleses
(review in English below)

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
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Nissa
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Maria
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
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Felicity
Being a fan of Ken Follett's The Pillars of The Earth series and with Modigliani being one of favourite artists I just had to read this. It's short for a Follett book, only 279 pages and personally I'd have liked a little more of Modigliani in the story. It's all about the art world, art critics, art galleries, artists and forgeries. Quite the whodunit and when all is revealed I nodded gently and smiled to myself - aha. There's lots of skulduggery, lots of money involved, beautiful women, handso ...more
Kurt Gielen
Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Margarida
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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.
Addy
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The Modigliani Scandal - Ken Follett.

Arguably, the most un-Follettesque Ken Follett novel which I've read till date.

"The critics praised it as sprightly, ebullient, light, bright, cheery, light (again) and fizzy".

Now, these are not the words I would ever use to describe his usual works, so I wasn't so sure about this one(he forewarns the readers in the introduction) but in the end it works because of the simplicity and of course a beautiful climax. I've come to realise that a good climax dras
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Simon
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly short novel for Follett and as a result it lacks some of the depth of those in his epic tomes. But do you know what? It was still a good read.

I'm sure if Follett wrote this story now, he would write it differently. And though it's not as deep and meaningful as he once might have wanted it to be, it's still highly entertaining and a great page-turner, despite being a little raw.

Shalini M
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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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.
Alis
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No sé que tiene exactamente este libro para gustarme tanto y pedirme relectura. :)
Marilyn
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh, a disappointing ending. It did not tie the story together.
Bob
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
Not what I expeced from Follett, but a solid story with a twist or two. Still one of my favorite authors.
Apokripos
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to die hard Ken Follett fans
Recommended to Apokripos 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
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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
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Christian, Kelanth, Scala
Lo scandalo Modigliani, in originale "The Modigliani Scandal" è il primo romanzo di Ken Follett pubblicato nel 1976 con lo pseudonimo di Zachary Stone. È considerato, in genere, una delle sue opere minori.

La trama del libro: si narra di una sorta di caccia al tesoro nel mondo dei falsari d'arte, scatenata dal ritrovamento di un dipinto che si pensava perduto, realizzato da Amedeo Modigliani sotto l'effetto di droghe. I protagonisti sono due, come nei numerosi romanzi di Ken Follett: Dee Sleign e
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Stephanie Graham 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
Mr. Kun
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un nuevo Ken Follett ha llegado a mi librería y la verdad es que me ha gustado, pero no tanto como otros leídos anteriormente. El modo de narración de Ken Follett es mi gran debilidad, así que ya de por si la puntuación del libro era buena. El tema de la historia (los cuadros y el mercado del arte) no es algo que me haya apasionado especialmente, pero la trama del libro hace que sea bastante interesante todo. Lo que más me ha gustado ha sido el final inesperado con el que cierra todo el misterio ...more
Allison
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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
Dec 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
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
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