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The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
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Dec 25, 2011

it was amazing
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Absolutely fascinating! I read this one for book club and was initially not excited to read it. I'll have to admit, for me it was a slow meticulous read. I couldn't speed read it like a twilight or hunger games book... that's not a bad thing though. I know very little about art history and Michelangelo, so I felt like I was back in college taking a fascinating class in art history. During the time I was reading this book I became obsessed with Michelangelo and his art. I would recommend looking up his art pieces on the internet while you read this book so you can picture the art as the stories are told. I also found it fascinating to learn how political art was back then. I loved learning about the interactions and trials between Michelangelo and all the popes he tried to serve. It's interesting to learn how powerful the popes were back then, politically. Ok I feel like I'm rambling on. Bottom line... fascinating book, if you are patient with it, but I loved it.
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Carol I love Irving Stone!

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