The Gaudi Key

The Gaudi Key In the early twentieth century when Barcelona was celebrated as the center of modernist art and design the grand master of an ancient religious brotherhood prepares to die passing the care of a sacr

  • Title: The Gaudi Key
  • Author: Esteban Martín Andreu Carranza
  • ISBN: 9780061434914
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the early twentieth century, when Barcelona was celebrated as the center of modernist art and design, the grand master of an ancient religious brotherhood prepares to die passing the care of a sacred relic to a prominent member of his order, the revered artist and architect Antonio Gaudi The relic, an artifact dating back to the early Christian era, could prove disasIn the early twentieth century, when Barcelona was celebrated as the center of modernist art and design, the grand master of an ancient religious brotherhood prepares to die passing the care of a sacred relic to a prominent member of his order, the revered artist and architect Antonio Gaudi The relic, an artifact dating back to the early Christian era, could prove disastrous if it were to fall into inappropriate hands and many secret societies, some driven by purest evil, inhabit the dark underworld that exists beneath the city s brilliant creative glow Nearly a century later, Maria, the granddaughter of the great architect s apprentice, unwittingly finds herself entrusted with a desperate mission Following clues, with the help of her mathematician boyfriend, that are embedded in a cryptic message left by her grandfather and the intricate symbolism of Gaudi s designs, Maria must race against time to unearth the fabled lost object and discover its true meaning with violence, catastrophe, and death in terrifyingly close pursuit.

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      Esteban Martin is an anthropologist and author, and a founder of Littera, a small publishing house.

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    • "The Gaudi Key" (La Clave Gaudi) possesses the grandiosity of its subject's architecture, but lacks his whimsy. Sometimes you can concoct a literary triumph yet not tell a story so well. Such is the case with Esteban Martin and Andreu Carranza's novel. "The Gaudi Key," takes Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," moves it to Barcelona, and then attempts to transform a potboiler into big literature. But the authors fail to match Brown's talent for penning the page-turner, and instead weigh their piece [...]


    • Osećam se kao da mi je mozak bio zlostavljan, vreme uludo bačeno, i bar za nijansu sam gluplji zbog čitanja ove gomile sranja nego što sam bio pre. A masterwork of FAIL. Izbegavati.


    • a pathetic attempt to recreate "the da vinci code" in a Spanish setting. i hate i even had to give it one star.



    • It was a very long books to leave so many loose ends. There were characters that I never figures out what purpose they served and clues that never seemed to be resolved. The dialog was somewhat stilted but that might have be attributed to the translation.While Maria and Miquel do solve the puzzle left by her grandfather and find the relic, the conclusion seemed to come from left field as the saying goes. While I enjoyed some of the historical thriller aspects of this novel, I don't think I would [...]


    • Habe das Buch nur gekauft, weil ich dieses Jahr einen Kurztrip nach Barcelona plane und gerne einen Gaudi-Roman gelesen hätte, habe aber nach 37 Seiten aufgegeben: Das ist Dan Brown für Arme: plump, einfallslos, klischeehaft, öde. Zum Glück habe ich auf meinem Barcelona-Stapel noch gute Autoren liegen.


    • An interesting premise I enjoyed the read but felt somehow distanced from the story. Perhaps it was in the translation, or in the voice of two authors, but I didn't feel connected to the story. I did appreciate the references to Gaudi's works, and would like to learn more about him and to visit Barcelona and experience these treasures.


    • In the Gaudi Key by Esteban Martin and Andreu Carranza it turns out Gaudi was the master of seven knights sworn to protect some relic or the other from the depredations of Chaos, better known as the Corbel, who are determined to consign the planet into anarchy. One wonders then, why they limit themselves to what is essentially a provincial backwater. Why not London? Or Tokyo? Or even Paris? Why Barcelona? (Because that's where their readers are, silly! Makes them feel all loved and fuzzy.) At an [...]


    • Through this book I learned something about Gaudi, and the story well it is not something inspiring pity



    • Imam osjećaj da se ova knjiga i ja jednostavno nismo našle. Ono što se činio kao potencijalno zanimljiv početak knjige koja me je trebala odvesti na uzbudljivo putovanje isprepleteno poviješću, simbolima i drevnim sukobima se, nažalost, nije dogodilo. Zapravo sam se osjećala kao da se nalazim na kakvom suhoparnom predavanju za koje jedva čekam da završi. Da budem potpuno iskrena, dugo mi je trebalo da završim ovu knjigu jer sam je čitala svaki dan po par stranica tek toliko da je, e [...]


    • this falls into my very guilty pleasure category. for someone who has only read the one dan brown book and have resisted temptation to read more of dan brown, i seem to be drawn to the brown knock-offs. usual stuff - a mystery has to be solved and there are people who want to steal the secret and use it for their own purposes. as usual the roman catholic church is involved, sort of. (these books aren't very good if they don't involve the church in some way or another). as usual there are a handf [...]


    • This is another book that is trying to ride on the coattails of "The Da Vinci Code". However. it falls far short of its objective.The story takes place in Barcelona and an old man is near death. He is found to be one of the Seven Knights of Moriah. The Seven Knights of Moriah preceded the Knights Templar and were to guard a sacred article that was handed down from Jesus Christ.The man's daughter, Maria, and her boyfriend, Miguel, are given riddles that they must solve in order to find the articl [...]


    • I can't judge the plot because I was skipping the pages more than I was reading them, but I really liked the analysis of Gaudi's work. It finally explained to me his expansive popularity with the Japanese. It pointed out Gaudi's compositions connections to Zen through its imitations of the natural shapes of cliffs, grottoes and plants, with the native stonecrop, Sedum acre, given quite a prominence. Gaudi turned birds' nests, anthills, stalactites, mountains, trees, rocks and plants into towers, [...]


    • The only positive thing I can say about this book was that I learned aboutAntonio Gaudi. There was a lot of rich information about his work, his life,and you could catch a glimpse of the how, why, and when of his masterpieces.The plot in my opinion was quite lame, or maybe It was very similar to the famousDa Vinci Code book. Some of the parts were, at least to me, unnecessary. I didn't likethe end, in the sense that I expected way more "fighting" between good and evil fromthe good and bad boys i [...]


    • Firstly, most people won't like this book. It really is an inadequate cousin of Angels and Demons (which I preferred to The Da Vinci Code). But if you love Barcelona, Gaudi, and conspiracy thrillers, it's an enjoyable read. (And by the way, if you have the means to travel and can only go to one place, forget Paris, forget Rome, go to Barcelona, and do two things - first, see La Sagrada Familia - begun by Gaudi and the greatest-ever endeavor into architecture, though it's still in progress. Secon [...]


    • This book is just a bad copy of Dan Brown's books. I enjoyed the story and it's really well-written and catchy, but some moments are just pointless and confusing. Could have been so much better, it's worth 3.5 stars but nothing more


    • Als er niet zoveel symboliek en christelijke shit in had gezeten en niet geschreven was door een auteur die wilde tonen hoeveel geschiedkundige boeken hij had gelezen, dan was het een toppertje geweest. Verhaal gaat een beetje verloren op deze manier.


    • Okay, I've read other readers reviews, and if the only "religious relic adventure" you've read is The DaVinci Code, you will be disappointed by this story. However, I found many things to keep me entertained by in this story. I enjoyed learning about the architecture of Antonio Gaudi and about Barcelona. The pacing kept me moving quickly through the story. And unlike some others in this genre, the whole point of the story did not seem to be to discredit Christianity outright. Definitely boils do [...]


    • In the vein of Dan Brown, based in Barcelona. Based around the designs of Gaudi, the plot ties in Sagrada Familia, Mathematical theory and natures designs as well as far fetched battle between good and evil through two sects pursuing the same goal for drifter the ends relating to the alleged second coming of Christ. The plot gets bogged down and doesn't flow as well as DB although it does offer an expansion of info about Gaudi and Barcelona.


    • Oh it was such a lengthy and confusing read.I had to put it away as the story was not going anywhere just crisscrossing the same path.After ages i picked it again oh but i had to drag myself to finish it .Very confusing plot too much going on for no reason .Wasted my precious time .


    • Es una buena historia pero mal desarrollada; las referencias históricas se vuelven tediosas y el orden de relato no te atrapa. No lo pude terminar quedé en la mitad.


    • Doy gracias que no esperaba gran cosa de esta novela. Curioseando por la web, libros ambientados en España (Barcelona a ser posible), lo encontré. Y por lo que leí brevemente sobre él, ya me dio a entender que seria muy semejante a las novelas “de carrera” de Dan Brown. Digo “de carrera” porque suceden muchas cosas en muy poco tiempo, y la acción suele transcurrir en pocos días o incluso horas, normalmente bajo una amenaza importante. Y no me equivocaba. La Clave Gaudí me ha parec [...]


    • Dunque dunque… questo libro mi ha lasciata un po’ perplessa. È costruito su un ottima trama, i personaggi sono credibili, ci sono molti colpi di scena… allora cosa non mi ha convinto? Ancora ci sto pensando, comunque non è che possa dirmi soddisfatta della lettura, almeno non al cento per cento. Credo che le due pecche maggiori stiano in miriadi di informazioni su Gaudì che il lettore non condivide (almeno io) e che quindi stenta a seguire e poi, la fretta, la solita maledetta fretta di [...]


    • Para quem pensa visitar Barcelona, esta história poderá servir como guia turístico ao roteiro Gaudi; para quem já lá esteve, esta história poderá ajudar a explicar alguns pontos da obra genial do maior arquiteto naturalista de todos os tempos.Barcelona lembra Gaudi e através dele visualizamos obras como La Pedrera, A Casa Batlló, A Casa Vicens, o Parque Guell com o seu palacete e, sobretudo, A Sagrada Família até aqui, nada de novo; mas o que realmente estamos a ver quando para elas [...]


    • "The Gaudi Key" (La Clave Gaudi) possesses the grandiosity of its subject's architecture, but lacks his whimsy. Sometimes you can concoct a literary triumph yet not tell a story so well. Such is the case with Esteban Martin and Andreu Carranza's novel. "The Gaudi Key," takes Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," moves it to Barcelona, and then attempts to transform a potboiler into big literature. But the authors fail to match Brown's talent for penning the page-turner, and instead weigh their piece [...]


    • Este libro es bastante curioso, primero diré que para mi gusto cumple con su cometido, que es entretener, y conseguir que te pique la curiosidad sobre la ciudad de Barcelona y la figura y obra de Gaudí, yo lo he leido ahora, menos de un mes despues de haber ido por primera vez a Barcelona de visita turística y de visitar la mayoría de los monumentos de los que se habla en el libro, y probablemente por eso me ha resultado aún más apasionante. Me parece un libro bien llevado y sobre todo, bi [...]


    • Finally finished with this book. Well, actually impressed with myself for being able to pull myself to finish it, considering how many times I yawned reading it. It is full with this Christianity, historic stories, long way back to the born of Jesus Christ. I bought this book to familiarise myself with books from Spanish authors. I thought this book was too heavy for me, full of riddles, puzzles. Maybe I should start with something simpler. But, I would not say I don’t enjoy reading it. well, [...]


    • Книгата започна обещаващо, средната ѝ част беше скучна и завърши катастрофално тъпо. еднага направих аналогия с "Деветата порта", която се разви по подобен неприятен за читателя начин.Приликата с книгите на Дан Браун е най-малкият проблем на авторите. Реално сюжет липсва, а [...]


    • Though I have my issues with Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, I at least appreciate it for making an interest in art and history slightly more common. So when I saw this book featuring a picture of Gaudi's iconic cathedral spires in the mystery section, I snapped it up hoping for another rollicking read. In its defense, I definitely think I learned more about Gaudi with this book than I learned about Da Vinci in the Da Vinci Code. Unfortunately, most of that information was in the dense lectures prese [...]


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