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The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
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Feb 05, 11

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

Great story. I mean GREAT STORY! What a life Michelangelo lived. Throw in some cameo appearances by Leonardo da Vinci, papal intrigues, the cultural milieu that was Florence in the late 1400s and early 1500s, a couple of love stories, and the passion and life force of one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and you have a can't miss read. My biggest complaint is now a common one in my Goodreads reviews: Too many words. The book is 700+ pages long, and the author has the gift of flowery gab. Some of that is good. I felt Stone went overboard. Just because you CAN write 700 pages doesn't necessarily mean you SHOULD write that much. Had it not been so wordy, I would have given the book 5 stars rather than 4. Let that be a lesson to you, Irving Stone!

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