The Lady in Gold

The Lady in Gold

The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

Book - 2012
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The story, part fairy tale, part suspense, of Gustav Klimts Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, one of the most emblematic portraits of its time; of the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it; the notorious artist who painted it; the now vanished turn-of-the-century Vienna that shaped it; and the strange twisted fate that befell it.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307265647
Branch Call Number: 759.36 OCO NVD
Characteristics: xviii, 349 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Oct 21, 2015

I enjoyed this book. Until I read it I bought the lie that the Austrians were telling that they were invaded by Nazis and were victims. They welcomed the Nazis, stole artworks, and cover up their complicity even to this day.

Oct 01, 2015

I fully agree with the comments posted by Drayjayeff "poorly crafted sentences sometimes destroy the mood or compromise the intensity. It's a great story, but it isn't told as well as it deserves to be." I saw the movie before reading the book, and had to slog through 3/4 of the book before the story started to resemble the movie. I also believe that the book should have included photos of the artwork that was highlighted, so that the reader didn't have to research elsewhere to fully understand the descriptions.

Jun 04, 2015

If you liked the movie, The Woman in Gold, you will enjoy this book. Anne Marie O'Connor traces the lives of the Vienna upper class, many of them Jewish, before and after WWII. This includes the story of their problems retrieving their possessions and paintings back from the Austrian government after the war.

Aug 12, 2014

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May 29, 2012

This could have been a great book if it had been written by someone else or if O'Connor had collaborated with a scholar. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's full of ridiculous and easily avoidable errors. Her strength is in the suspenseful and compelling narratives of players who were attempting to flee the Nazis. Even here, though, poorly crafted sentences sometimes destroy the mood or compromise the intensity. It's a great story, but it isn't told as well as it deserves to be.

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