The Agony and the Ecstasy by


  1. I couldn't get through it once, partly because I felt Stone made Michaelangelo so nauseatingly cheerful and goody-goody that he was unbearably dull.

    Considering Michaelangelo was in fact furiously jealous of Leonardo Da Vinci and taunted him for not being able to finish his horse statue, I'm not sure if that's an accurate portrayal.

    It also felt a bit too much like travel literature for my liking.

  2. I read it with one of my online groups.

    I thought that Michelangelo in thie book was far from cheerful, quite an obsessive and probably very difficult to like. Also there is considerable mention of the fact that he hated/was jealous of Leonardo and saw himself in competition with him. Plus plenty of mention of his taunts regarding the uncastable horse, and indeed other non finished works by da Vinci.

    Although I'm sure that Stone did alter aspects, or maybe interpret them :) After all Torrigiani always said that the reason he punched Michelangelo was that he had been taunting him, and other artists, about their ability. Which was not reported in the novel.
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  3. Fence

    It does start slowly, but once I got past the first few chapters it became more interesting. I wasn't particularly enamoured of Stone's style of writing, but Michelangelo had an interesting life, and I think Florence and the De Medici family are fascinating
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