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I, Mona Lisa

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A book to remember

I Mona Lisa, will catch your heart and will change the way you feel about.. love. It is a thriller, a romance novel, everything to love and nothing to change. There's intense emotional moments and your heart gets locked into the thickening plot. The surprise ending left...
I Mona Lisa, will catch your heart and will change the way you feel about.. love. It is a thriller, a romance novel, everything to love and nothing to change. There's intense emotional moments and your heart gets locked into the thickening plot. The surprise ending left me screaming in the middle of the night while i was reading it, and I have read and re-read this over so many times- it gets better everytime! It portrayed ancient Florence and Rome precisely and will captivate readers 14- 106 (;

posted by XXmrsblackXX on December 28, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Mix of History and Imagination

The story takes place in Renaissance Florence and incorporates many sites, people and events of the period. The portrait of Savanarola is strong, and seems quite accurate, however, it appears the author has taken quite a bit of liberties with other actual people, and t...
The story takes place in Renaissance Florence and incorporates many sites, people and events of the period. The portrait of Savanarola is strong, and seems quite accurate, however, it appears the author has taken quite a bit of liberties with other actual people, and that's confusing and disconcerting. It would be better if she'd limited her imagination to those characters she invented while constraining her accounts of historial people by actual, reliable facts. Aside from that it is an interesting read, painting a vivid picture of upper class lifestyles during this period against the poverty of the struggling worker classes. It also quite accurately portrays the instability of a government that yearned to be a republic as long as their own people where in charge, and the ruthless tactics required to retain power. But if that truly interests you, read Machiavelli. This is fiction and should be read as such. Slow starting, gains interest about mid-way. Characters are lively, but not always well-developed. Some are even conflicting. However, the suspense builds and is not resolved until the very end, which does make for a good story.

posted by ioancoraimparo on March 20, 2009

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

    Mix of History and Imagination

    The story takes place in Renaissance Florence and incorporates many sites, people and events of the period. The portrait of Savanarola is strong, and seems quite accurate, however, it appears the author has taken quite a bit of liberties with other actual people, and that's confusing and disconcerting. It would be better if she'd limited her imagination to those characters she invented while constraining her accounts of historial people by actual, reliable facts. Aside from that it is an interesting read, painting a vivid picture of upper class lifestyles during this period against the poverty of the struggling worker classes. It also quite accurately portrays the instability of a government that yearned to be a republic as long as their own people where in charge, and the ruthless tactics required to retain power. But if that truly interests you, read Machiavelli. This is fiction and should be read as such. Slow starting, gains interest about mid-way. Characters are lively, but not always well-developed. Some are even conflicting. However, the suspense builds and is not resolved until the very end, which does make for a good story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

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    Wonderful Writing, Bad History

    On one hand this is a very well written book with lots of research behind it. I was drawn in right away, and my interest held through the entire novel. I learned a lot about historical Florence, particularly dealing with the Medici dynasty. It was a captivating novel all the way through and I fully enjoyed it.

    However, I can only give it three stars. It is obvious the author put in a lot of research. The novel was packed with historical information. That is why it was severely disappointing how she portrayed the main character Lisa. Lisa del Giocondo was a real person, and scholars are pretty certain that she is the face behind the famous Mona Lisa. While she made an effort to stick with actual history when dealing with the general atmosphere of the setting, she completely dismissed the history behind Lisa del Giocondo and the Mona Lisa. The Lisa in the book is in a situation completely opposite from the real life Lisa. In a Q&A section in the back of the book, the author spoke of how she wouldn't change what is historical fact. Unfortunate that is exactly what she did with Lisa's character. At one point she mentioned that there was not a lot known about Lisa del Giocondo, so she had a lot of room to take artistic liberties. That may be true for some details, but what we do know about Lisa del Giocondo was completely ignored in this novel.

    The author is a wonderful writer, but not so great at historical fiction. A truly gifted historical fiction writer could take historical fact and make it an interesting story without completely changing who a person was and what their life was like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    It was ok.

    It was historically accurate in regards to events occuring. It was interesting but the similar names were confusing.there are a lot of characters to keep up with. The climax was intense but rushed and short lived.the ending was satisfactory...nothing spectaclar.

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

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    ENTERTAINING

    It is quite an entertaining read, nothing more than an engaging story full of twists and plots involving the Medici clan and Leonardo DaVinci.
    By the end, it gets a little flat.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

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    Leaping Lisa!!

    Difficult to accept even this fictionalized version of who Lisa was? The characaters really existed, the geography is real, the events are recorded in history but it feels like the author took all these pieces, crammed them together and added transition filler.<BR/><BR/> This would make a darn good movie.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

    Was just okay

    I was really excited to read this book when I bought it but was disappointed with the whole thing. Parts of it dragged and were boring. Some of the book was okay but overall I wasn't thrilled with it.

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