By Stephen Maitland-Lewis
Hello again!! Where has the time gone? Another weekend just about over, good grief!! Today’s book something a little different, but very enjoyable!
This is another book from Netgalley that I was provided with in exchange for a fair and honest review. It was published on August 11th of 2014 by Glyd-Evans Press. It will be available in hardback, paperback and e-book formats. This was a short and engaging book of only 286 pages. I read it in 2 days. LOL.
Art restorer Giovanni Fabrizzi is haunted by an unsigned renaissance portrait. Obsessed to learn the truth of its origin, he becomes increasingly convinced the painting could be the work of one of history’s greatest artists, which if true, would catapult its value to the stratosphere. But in learning of the painting’s past, he is faced with a dilemma. He believes the portrait was stolen during the greatest art heist in history — the Nazi plunder of European artwork. If true and a surviving relative of the painting’s rightful owner were still alive, Giovanni, in all good conscience, would have to give up the potential masterpiece. His obsession with the portrait puts a strain on his new marriage, and his son thinks his father has lost his mind for believing an unremarkable, unsigned painting could be worth anyone’s attention. Regardless, Giovanni persists in his quest of discovery and exposes far more truth than he ever wanted to know.
Okay now this book has a talking painting!!!! Pretty out there and hokey right?? Well actually I loved this book and I found it very well done. It contains a mystery of the origins of the painting and many historical facts are woven into the tales that the painting tells. The count in the picture gives us his story and the history of where the painting has been. When Giovanni learns the truth about the painting what will he do with it? Sell it, give it back, put it in a museum?
You are probably thinking that this whole thing sounds ridiculous, but I have to tell you that this is a great book. It does have a little hocus-pocus magical realism, but the story is well told and is a very good one. It is a wonderful addition to WWII history regarding the loss of Jewish art collections to the Nazi party. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.