- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (13 Mar. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340830913
- ISBN-13: 978-0340830918
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 23.2 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,216,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gypsy Madonna Paperback – 13 Mar 2006
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When Coyote a mysterious and enchanting American turns up at the chateau with his guitar he has a dramatic effect on the lives of Anouk and Mischa. So much changes with his arival and they leave France for a new life in America with him.
It is only after his mother's death many years later that Mischa discovers and unravels a mystery from his childhood involving a valuable unrecorded painting by a famous artist.
A good book to curl up with for an easy and relaxing read.
The main character, Mischa, continually morphs through the book as Santafiore tries to cram stereotype after stereotype into the book. He is alternately disabled child, violent gangster, sophisticated antiques dealer, enigmatic tortured soul, and of course throughout a supposedly gifted lover irresistible to all women. Every woman he meets automatically wants to make love to him. The lovemaking scenes are so badly written as to be laughable; in one the description stops abruptly to point out the lady was wearing a gray tweed skirt. After another, the lady declares, "I thought I had lost such sensuality in the banal domesticity of life." Oh brother...
A key figure in the book is an American called Coyote Jack Magellan, who is so unbelievably badly contrived as to be toe-curling. He wears a cowboy hat, plays guitar, and mesmerises all he meets with renditions of "Streets of Laredo," despite that song not having been popular for decades, he not being a cowboy or having ever lived in the Western States, and so on. As an ex-pat American, I had to wonder if Montefiore had actually ever met any Americans. Brits may understand how badly devised this character is by thinking of Dick Van Dyke's stereotyped Cockney in "Mary Poppins." Yes, that bad. We also have stereotyped retired wealthy English ladies, New York Jews, lovable Hispanics, an evil priest, a gallant Nazi officer, a blues-playing old African-American man, and that's not all.Read more ›
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They arrive well packed and within a few days of order.
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I got my copy for 25p at the charity store. I can well understand why the original owner gave it away. I think the more charitable action is to chuck it in the dustbin and give 25p to the store.
Romantic family drama had me enthralled
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