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Leonardo da Vinci

Biography/Nonfiction by Walter Isaacson

Professor Walter Isaacson, a noted specialist in the biographies of famous people, has penned an exhaustive, in-depth study of the enigmatic Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). He devotes a full chapter to one painting: the Mona Lisa, which hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Although Leonardo was Italian, he spent his last several years in France under the patronage of King François I. Several of his most famous works are displayed in Paris, making him a French artist as well as an Italian one. Those major works at the Louvre include the Mona Lisa and La Belle Ferronnière. Click on the Amazon link at right for more information, or visit the book page on this Paris Bookshop website (link at right also).


Mona Lisa Novel (Nocturne in Paris)

Fiction/Novel/Fantasy by John Argo*

At last, Leonardo's Final Secret Revealed. Like everyone else over the last 500 years, Jean-Thomas Cullen was captivated by Lisa Gherardini's portrait, painted half a millennium ago. This author has been to see the portrait in the Louvre numerous times over many years. On a separate track from this novel, he had been pondering a hypothesis that has turned into a stunning new theory. While developing this moving story of a young U.S. soldier stationed in Europe long ago, a young father stunned by tragedy but given a real-life vision from another world—the result was this moving ghost story. She's a ghost on a mission (Claire, hence the title, a play on words), offering a perfect fit with several related Parisian themes including the mystery of Leonardo's most famous painting. The novel moves from darkness toward light in a stunning climax involving Jean-Thomas Cullen's new theory about Leonardo and the Mona Lisa.

By pure coincidence, Prof. Isaacson's biography (nonfiction; no connection with Jean-Thomas Cullen's work) was published at almost the exact same time, containing an entire long chapter dedicated to the Mona Lisa painting. When we are dealing with ghosts, especially ones on an important mission like Claire in this novel, we never know where fact ends and fiction begins. Jean-Thomas Cullen clearly states he has written a novel (fiction; dark fantasy) but he is equally clear that he considers his theory of Mona Lisa and her painter to be very plausible, given the endless imagination, scientific curiosity, and inventive genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Click on the Amazon link at right for more information, or visit the book page on this Paris Bookshop website (link at right also).

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Available Now: The first of many free books, articles, poems, and stories by Jean-Thomas Cullen is available for your reading pleasure. The first Paris novel to join this program at the Paris Bookshop is Mona Lisa Novel: Nocturne in Paris by the author writing under his DarkSF pen name John Argo. For an explanation of the John Argo pseudonym, see About The Author on this site. Click the following link to visit Galley City and read the entire text of Mona Lisa Novel (HTML Novel) free and without obligation. All HTML Novels come with optional buy links to the e-book and p-book editions. Why? Think of it as a bookstore metaphor. You can walk into your favorite bookstore in town, sit down, and read whatever you desire—free and without obligation. The option to buy the book is always there, but nobody will press you on it. The mere fact of your reading is a source of joy. Please tell your friends, post a five star review online, and enjoy a good read. Here is the link. Click on the following logo for info, buy links, and free reading options.

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