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The Flanders Panel
The Flanders Panel
Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
Julia is a young art expert in Madrid. Her specialty is the restoration of paintings about to go up for auction. But her latest project could also be her last. A fifteenth-century masterpiece, the painting depicts a chess game between the Duke of Flanders and his knight, as a lady in black velvet sits in the background. What makes this project d...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553377866
ISBN-10: 0553377868
Publication Date: 5/1/1996
Pages: 304
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3.5 stars, based on 53 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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cozykat avatar reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 28 more book reviews
A charming mystery albeit a little heavy on the chess theme; I don't play the game and it was a little much, but still intriguing, with an ending I didn't forsee. I took it on a trip and it was a good way to occupy the time.
WhidbeyIslander avatar reviewed The Flanders Panel on + 569 more book reviews
Amazingly I found the depiction of the chess problems (I'm nothing more than a novice player who hardly ever beats the game in the Windows version on my PC) more interesting than the plot. I thought the heroine was not that interesting (although her occupation is.) Unlike The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon which brought Barcelona to life, Madrid was just a vague background to the story here. I also thought a representation of the painting would have been a nice touch (the copy I had showed chess pieces on the cover.) Never did manage to finish it, either, so maybe it got better after the first half?
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I had not read this author's work before, but I'm very impressed with his writing. Even though chess played a major role in the plot he made it understandable for someone with only a rudimentary understanding of the game. I thoroughly enjoyed this read!


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