KINDLE The Second Mrs Giaconda Author E.L. Konigsburg
E.L. Konigsburg Æ 1 READY A woman whose look told you that you were being sized up by a measuring rod n her head a measuring rod on which she alone had etched the units A woman who knew #How To Give Pleasure And #to give pleasure and to give pain A woman who knew how to endure A woman of layers Why did Leonardo da Vinci paint the portrait of the plain second endure A woman of layers Why did Leonardo da Vinci paint the portrait of the plain second of a a merchant the Mona Lisa The Second Mrs Giocondafollows the story of Salai Leonardo s young servant through
his friendship with another plain woman the Duchess Beatrice n orderfriendship with another plain woman the Duchess Beatrice n order attempt to answer this uestion The book s a uick read and uite nteresting I recommend this book to middle grade age kids who are nterested Complete Guide to the TOPIK (advanced) in or studying da Vinci Some of EL Konigsburg s finest novels debutedn the 1970s Featuring witty assertive main characters and original plot deas these books were a cut above most of their peers and The Second Mrs Giaconda may be Ms Konigsburg s most ntriguing concept from that decade It takes us back to 1490s Milan Italy to explore perhaps the biggest mystery of the Renaissance why did Leonardo da Vinci paint the Mona Lisa arguably the greatest piece of art ever made The model for You Come to Yokum it was the plain looking wife of an ordinary Florentine merchant Important men across Europe clad for Leonardo tommortalize their wives on canvas yet he saved his utmost creative passion for a portrait that offered limited profitability and notoriety In this book we discover a possible answer as to why Gian Giacomo de Caprotti called Salai s a ten year old pickpo I wanted to like this children s book than I did because Konigsburg s From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler was one of my absolute favorites when I was a kid one I reread multiple times and one I ve given as a gift many timesMy main ssue with this book though Zbogom, dragi Krleža it has a great premises that there s not enough characterization or even plot It also. Were begging for a portrait by his hand In E L Konigsburg's ntriguing novel the answer lies with the complex relationship betwe. ,
Needs atmosphere and place and less straight telling In From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler I felt like I was n the museum with the two children Even Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage if I d read this book as a child I don t think I would ve felt like I wasn Italy with the main characterHowever as a kid I would ve been happy to see that the reproductions of the paintings mentioned You Are the Rain in the book arencluded Cycle Style in the back That along with the tidbits about the paintingsn the novel tself Would Probably Get A probably get a reader nterested even n da VinciA side note I don t know why the cover says Giaconda when t Iron Cross is clearly written Gioconda on the title page andn the text Italythe late 1400sI m Zachary's Virgin impressed Konigsburg has given readers a brilliantlymagined narrative about a time a place a person and a painting I m left wondering why she didn t target adults Pfaueninsel instead of young readers Thessues politics and personalities would mean to an older audienceWhile the Mona Lisa s used to build the story and neatly pull together the ending there are references to other paintings by daVinci notably The Last Supper and to a lesser extent Cecilia Gallerani lady with weasel Both of these paintings as well as others are reproduced at the end of this printing but the uality s exceptionally poor which s too bad I ll watch for
a better editionA minor point but one I appreciate On pages 95 96 Konigsburg stresses responsibility and howbetter editionA minor point but one I appreciate On pages 95 96 Konigsburg stresses responsibility and how needs to be taken seriously n order to be a trustworthy adult This reflects my own beliefs and my frustration whenever I hear someone proclaiming that they have rights totally oblivious to the fact that along with rights we have responsibilitiesI don t know enough about da Vinci to comment on accuracyI guess I should pick up one of the several biographies of DaVinci that have been languishing on my shelves for far too long A wonderful little book. En the genius his morally uestionable young apprentice and a young duchess whose plain features belie the sensitivity of her soul. .
One thing Konisgburg always does well s subtle depths
Some Of The Other Reviewers Wanted Characterization Apparently They Werenof the other reviewers wanted characterization apparently they weren willing to read between the lines wanted characterization apparently they weren t willing to read between the lines wanted of the model Mona Lisa herself but that wasn t the point Others wanted history not remembering that not enough s known to build a novel on and such s admitted n the prefaceAnyway thoughtful and poignant with some truly beautiful bits as s usual from this authorI love when Beatrice teaches Salai about art n the process of telling him why he s mportant to Leonardo A person looking at a work of art should not be slapped to attention he should be wooed And Leonardo needs a wild element All great art needs Time Capsule it something that leaps and flickers Hes too self conscious When he has an Hot Under the Collar important commission he ties up all hisnstincts A book about Leonardo s assistant NOT a book about the Mona Lisa anyone who wrote that didn t actually read the boo The Second Mrs Giaconda was a great book If I had chosen Horses it off the shelves at the library would not have had wanted to finisht but since I was forced to read Goblin King it for a Literature Circle I really likedt and would recommend The Luthier's Apprentice it too anyonenterested Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California in Leonardo da Vinci You knowt s tough when you re teaching a sixth grade IMG class and you read something that makes you start to tear up and you have to pretend you re not crying I loved this book I love Konigsburg n general but this think Villa Mendl: Leben und Schicksal der Ankerbrot-Erbin Bettina Mendl is one the best and littliest known works by this great author This tales a wonderful story with woven strands of history about Da Vinci braided nto a fictional but fascinating possible account of who the Mona Lisa really s Highly recommend Schlechter Sex 2 it This was a woman who knew that she was not pretty and who had learned to live with that knowledge This was a woman whose acceptance of herself had made her beautifuln a deep and hidden wa. Why did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on painting the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe. ,