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The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
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Apr 02, 2012

it was amazing

Probably the longest book I've ever read in the shortest amount of time. I was nineteen, working twelve hour factory shifts, and inbetween - reading. Sunning at 90 degrees and reading. Read this in two sittings. Everything about this book entranced me. The Italian Renaissance society and its relationship to the arts. Michaelangelo's path and fascination with the human body and the process by which he learned about it. His work on the Sistine chapel. Everything brought compellingly to life.

This isn't classic literature in the sense of high literary value. But this is in the vein of Michener, something I like to think of as classic mass-market historical fiction, in a class of its own also of high merit. History that's compelling and alive and important and within reach of the general population without (to my knowledge) sensationalism or fact-stretching.

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