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The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
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Jan 01, 09

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(My wife loved this book). I found the insights into the Medici family and into the culture of Italy at that time to be very interesting. But I found the details of Michelangolo's life to be a bit overworked. I don't think Mr. Stone really had to give insight for the reader into EVERY significant work of his life. After a while we come to understand the emotional process that he went through with each work without having to experience it over and over.

I was also rather disturbed by the author's awkward attempts at masking Michelangelo's obvious homosexuality. Could there be a little homophobia going on here?

Anyhoo, I read about 2/3 of it.
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Laura Sapp It *was* written in 1961, so glossing over the Homosexuality is really to be expected.


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