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The Gypsy Madonna by Santa Montefiore
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The Gypsy Madonna (original 2006; edition 2016)

by Santa Montefiore (Author)

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Mischa knows what it is to be abandoned. His German father disappeared at the end of the war, leaving him and his mother to endure the hatred and contempt of all the French villagers, the two of them against the world. And his surrogate father vanishes too, with no word of explanation. Mischa bears these scars into manhood. Only when his mother dies, revealing the existence of a priceless masterpiece, does he go on the trail of his own history. He makes a pilgrimage into the past, to that French village of his childhood, and there he uncovers the secret of the Gypsy Madonna.… (more)
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Title:The Gypsy Madonna
Authors:Santa Montefiore (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2016), Edition: UK ed.
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The Gypsy Madonna by Santa Montefiore (2006)

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Not sure about the quality of writing. Is it usual to find 6 year olds who can say things like "Nazi is a state of mind not a nationality"? Disappointing. ( )
  GingerCrinkle | Feb 10, 2017 |
American art dealer Mischa discovers, just prior to his mother's death, that she is in posession of an unrecorded Titian. To discover it's provenance, he has to go back to the French village of his childhood, where he and his mother were barely tolerated because he is the son of a German officer, born during the occupation of WWII. He confronts his past and old ghosts, and finds out the truth about his family.

A large part of this book takes place in post-war France, and I enjoyed that aspect of the story. I did want to find out the story of Annouk and the painting, but in the end, when Mischa returned to France, there were just far too many coincidences for it to be credible. There was also far too much sex, as Mischa seemed to fall into bed with pretty much anything in a skirt he came across, and none exept one encounter had anything to do with the story.

It was ok, a quick and easy read, but could have been much better. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
enjoyable ( )
  drpeff | Feb 4, 2008 |
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Hartmann, ElisabethÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Voor mijn zus Tara, met veel liefs
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Ik was hogelijk verrast toen mijn moeder, kort voor haar dood, de Titiaan weggaf.
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Toen ik door de straten van Laredo dwaalde
toen ik op een dag door Laredo dwaalde
Zag ik een jonge cowboy
Een knappe jonge cowboy
Helemaal in het wit gekleed
Zo koud als de klei

Ik zie aan je kleding
Dat je een cowboy bent
Die woorden sprak hij
Toen ik dapper naderbij kwam
Kom hier bij me zitten
En luister naar mijn droef relaas
Want ik ben in de borst geschoten
En nu moet ik sterven.
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Mischa knows what it is to be abandoned. His German father disappeared at the end of the war, leaving him and his mother to endure the hatred and contempt of all the French villagers, the two of them against the world. And his surrogate father vanishes too, with no word of explanation. Mischa bears these scars into manhood. Only when his mother dies, revealing the existence of a priceless masterpiece, does he go on the trail of his own history. He makes a pilgrimage into the past, to that French village of his childhood, and there he uncovers the secret of the Gypsy Madonna.

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