Search Results: "Leonardo Padura"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MAN WHO LOVED DOGS by Leonardo Padura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Long but without excess; philosophically charged but swiftly moving. A superb intellectual mystery."
Cuban writer Padura delivers a complex, ever deepening tale of politics and intrigue worthy of an Alan Furst or Roberto Bolaño. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERETICS by Leonardo Padura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Padura capably works here in Perez-Reverte territory, where art and ideas meet mayhem. Smart and satisfying though too long by 100 pages."
Cuban mysterian Padura (The Man Who Loved Dogs, 2013, etc.) returns with another installment in his Mario Conde detective series, this one following a Rembrandt portrait over centuries and continents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAVANA BLUE by Leonardo Padura
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2007

"Padura's first Conde novel, though the third translated into English (Havana Black, 2006, etc.), features a political smoke-and-mirrors mystery wrapped in a dusky narrative of grim, sophisticated humor."
Is foul play involved in the vanishing of a popular Cuban politician, or is it another kind of crime? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEONARDO by Martin Kemp
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A noble attempt to bring a legend down to earth."
Another stab at decoding the real da Vinci. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEONARDO by Serge Bramly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 1991

"And, while Bramly belittles Freud's reading of Leonardo's psyche, he offers little to replace it, indeed almost no insight into his subject's inner life or the sources of his creative energy. (Four pages of color photos; 75 b&w photos—not seen.)"
Unlike earlier biographers, many of whom considered Leonardo divine or demonic, French novelist and biographer Bramly offers the image of a gifted, methodical, rational, emotionally simple craftsman whose personal life remains wrapped in mysteries—some intentional and others, such as the loss of his grave and many of his works, the results of time and circumstance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY LEONARDO by Jonathan Canter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Sharp, fast and funny: a first from lawyer (and former Harvard Lampoon editor) Canter."
A naïve Boston shrink falls into the clutches of the legal system—and has to learn fast what the real world is all about. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INVENTING LEONARDO by A. Richard Turner
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"Mona Lisa. (Sixty-nine illustrations—not seen)"
A clever conceit—how each century creates its own version of Leonardo, revealing truths about both the painter and the evolution of culture—artfully constructed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEONARDO, THE TERRIBLE MONSTER by Mo Willems
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Bravo! (Picture book. 3-6)"
With a palette straight from the endpapers of Where the Wild Things Are, and postures not a little reminiscent of Max, Willems crafts a sweetly original morality play about a very unscary monster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UH-OH, LEONARDO! by Robert Sabuda
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The mix of fact and fiction is less smooth, but in pace and general tone this resembles the Time Warp Trio series and readers with a yen to tinker will find kindred spirits in both Providence and the insatiably curious polymath after whom she's modeled herself. (afterword) (Picture book. 8-10)"
Sabuda (The Night Before Christmas, not reviewed, etc.) takes an uncharacteristic direction with this freewheeling tale of a young inventor cast back to the time of her hero, Leonardo Da Vinci. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Carefully considered portrait of a true Renaissance man—polemics and all."
The painter's true greatness was as a scientist. Read full book review >