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by Simon Jones,Javier Sierra


This book does a good job of explaining some of the mysteries surrounding the Last Supper. You learn a lot about the Cathars, and about what life was like in the time of DaVinci

Audioworks is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division. The Secret Supper: A Novel. Javier Sierra (Author), Simon Jones (Narrator), Simon & Schuster Audio (Publisher). This book does a good job of explaining some of the mysteries surrounding the Last Supper. You learn a lot about the Cathars, and about what life was like in the time of DaVinci. However, perhaps partly because this is a translation, I found this book slow-going. I had to push myself to finish, even though I was curious how Sierra was going to resolve his "puzzle".

One of the most accomplished authors on the Spanish literary scene, Sierra studied journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid. El Maestro del Prado spent a year on the bestseller list in Spain, gaining the admiration of art experts, aficionados, and critics. A native of Teruel, Spain, he currently lives in Madrid with his wife and two children. Библиографические данные.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. One of the most accomplished authors on the Spanish literary scene, Sierra studied journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid.

The Secret Supper: A Novel. Written by Javier Sierra. Narrated by Simon Jones. Milan, 1497: Leonardo is completing The Last Supper. Pope Alexander VI is determined to execute him after realizing that the painting contains clues to a baffling and blasphemous message that he is driven to decode. The Holy Grail and the Eucharistic Bread are missing, there is no meat on the table, and the apostles, shockingly, are portraits of well-known heretics and none of them are depicted with halos.

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The Secret Supper is a thriller novel written by Javier Sierra. The original Spanish title is La Cena Secreta, winner of the 2004 Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja literary award, one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The English translation by Alberto Manguel was published in 2006. It is set while Leonardo da Vinci is painting The Last Supper. The story is told in Agostino Leyre's words, as mysterious letters come in to Rome.

Milan, 1497: Leonardo is completing The Last Supper

Abridged Audio Download. Trade Paperback eBook Unabridged Audio Download. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2006. The Secret Supper has been ably translated by Alberto Manguel, author of A History of Reading, that delightful revelation that squiggles on a page are words, and words make stories.

The Secret Supper book. Tightly paced and atmospheric, The Secret Supper is a dazzling historical thriller with a unique vision of both Leonardo da Vinci's genius and his masterpiece - which you will never look at in the same way again. Pope Alexander VI is determined to execute h. The most-talked-about international bestseller of the year!

One of the most accomplished authors on the Spanish literary scene, Sierra studied journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Milan, 1497: Leonardo is completing The Last Supper. Pope Alexander VI is determined to execute him after realizing that the painting contains clues to a baffling and blasphemous message that he is driven to decode. The Holy Grail and the Eucharistic Bread are missing, there is no meat on the table, and the apostles, shockingly, are portraits of well-known heretics and none of them are depicted with halos. And why has the artist painted himself into the scene with his back turned toward Jesus? The clues to Leonardo's greatest puzzle are right before your eyes....
Atineda
I am a fan of the recent spate of historical mysteries. Put the words Templar or Grail in the title, and I'm going to take a look.

Saying that, I was disappointed in this book.

Brief summary, no spoiler:

This is the story of Agostino Leyre, a Papal Inquisitor who is telling the story of his assignment to investigate Leonardo DaVinci, and his painting of The Last Supper (the Cenacolo).

This was a time of religious intrigue and violence, and anyone who opposed the Catholic Church was deemed a heretic and subject to horrible punishment. In order to express their beliefs, many artists used symbols in their works, both as messages to their followers and future audiences.

This book does a good job of explaining some of the mysteries surrounding the Last Supper. You learn a lot about the Cathars, and about what life was like in the time of DaVinci.

However, perhaps partly because this is a translation, I found this book slow-going. I had to push myself to finish, even though I was curious how Sierra was going to resolve his "puzzle".

I ended up thinking that Sierra gives an interesting and enlightening interpretation of what he believes DaVinci was trying to say in his masterpiece; but the puzzle was very convoluted and there is no way the reader could've figured it out on his own.

Overall, I am glad I read this book. I learned a lot. But I was often bored, and thought the hype surrounding this book didn't serve it well.

Recommended for those who enjoyed the DaVinci Code. This book's denouement is just as clever, if not more so - but the ride getting there isn't nearly as much fun.
Zulkigis
There is a lot of comparison with the Da Vinci Code but in reality, after reading both books, there is really nothing similar: different times periods, different mentality, different genre, different ideas, etc. This novel is about the artistic interpretations of the Last Supper. It really isn't a thriller but more of an historical murder mystery (like the Name of the Rose, rather than the De Vinci Code). The murder mystery is really a cover for an attempt to explain why Leonardo did this or that to the Last Supper. For example, the knot, or the order and position of the Disciples. It's not really complex since most art history buffs already know how important symbolism was. Or maybe the author suggests that it is not a big deal. It is more about an artist expressing himself against the conventions of the time. So in a sense, Da Vinci was heretical. But then again, so were many of his fellow artists! And scientists like Galileo. Look at what Michangelo did in the Sistine Chapel or Bernini did with his statues that were more about sexual arousal than religion. The explanation of Da Vinci as being "secret" is not much of a thought, but rather obviously plain he was against convention. But to us, it is not as obvious as we are not very conscientious of a time when symbolism meant so much. In the end, it was a fair murder mystery with some interesting historical notes.
Aiata
I love this story of the Last Supper and the hidden message in the painting. In the midst of religious Italy
Leonardo da Vinci is completing his painting on a wall at the Santa Maria Monastery in Milan, so it can't be moved or changed, while the Church is trying to decode his "blasphemous" message, which introduces the spiritual church replacing the
temporal church and all its controls. The interesting history and practices of the Cathars is woven into
the story. Also, after reading this book you will want to have the painting to study. I ordered mine,
a 30x40 of the original painting from Great Big Canvas as a decal, so I could attach it to my wall for the
proper effect, making sure to have the one with the knot on the tablecloth. After reading this story,
and listening to the DVD (my favorite version) you will never look at this painting in the same way.
Nuliax
An award winning, hugely popular book in Europe, masterfully translated into English. A really fine take on Da Vinci's last supper, weaving a variety of age-old religious controversies into a fast moving (how can it be fast moving when it is populated by monks, but it is) and cleverly laid out plot.
Detenta
The central idea for the story (we don't need a church to worship God) is not new, and the subplot ( the little contessa being a direct descendant of Mary Magdalene - is not developed, and goes nowhere).The narrative is convoluted, confusing, with characters that showed toward the end, and do not add anything to the development of the story. There is nothing special about the writing technique. It could have been entertaining if the book were 50 pages (OK, 80).
Meztisho
... but perhaps an extention of the same line of thinking. This novel is more realistic and probably better grounded than Dan Brown's opus. It takes us through a bit of a thrill ride with murders, suspense and puzzles in a now familiar path.

The first few chapters are not the smoothest stylistically, and I kept wondering what it would been like in the original Spanish, but somewhere around the third chapter, things start to kick in and the plot takes over.

While I always thought that Brown was taking me for a joy-ride, I became convinced that Sierra actually was drawing on some historical foundation for his interpretation of the Last Supper. His depiction of Leonardo was particularly persuasive.

A good summer read.
Taur
A good read, I could hardly put this book down. I want to read more from this author. His theory of Da Vinci's "Last Supper" is most convincing, as is his sympathetic treatment of the Cathars. I highly recommend this book!
I am not Catholic, nor religious, but I was interested in learning more about this famous work of art. The book held my interest and encouraged me to research more about the painting.
The Secret Supper: A Novel ebook
Author:
Simon Jones,Javier Sierra
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