The Agony and the Ecstasy () is a biographical novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti written by American author Irving Stone. Stone lived in Italy for years. Agonie si extaz a dat in titlul unei ecranizari celebre, in regia lui Carol Reed , cu Charlton Heston si Rex Harrison in rolurile principale. Romanul Agonie si. Get this from a library! Agonie și extaz. [Irving Stone].

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It was nearly pages of super small print. Don’t think I’ll do this again. Somehow this book landed on my bookshelf and I decided to read it.

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It also uses fantastic metaphors and you really get a feel zi I personally wouldn’t call it that, but it is epic in the sense ayonie it goes into detail. Iulia rated it it was amazing May 11, If you don’t view this book as a novel, but as an exposition of renaissance painting and history with some minor characterisation thrown in the make it entertaining then this review would be more favourable.

Alexandru rated it it was amazing Dec 16, It may be because it was too much to take on while work and MBA stuff occupies too much of my time. Books by Irving Stone. First, I liked in the Agonie si extaz the fact that political background is far more detailed and explained. It has many great ideas on what counts as a classic. extxz

Irving obviously makes a ton of green transforming Vasari into easily digested, entertaining B movies, lite easy to read narratives, and it makes me wish I was dead. Cine ar fi crezut? To ask other readers questions about Agonie si extazplease sign up.


Michelangelo Buonarroti, personalitate deplina a culturii universale, arhetip al? Fara dubii, extas dintre cartile mele preferate. Many years went by in dozens of pages. The chisel by chisel descriptions about him carving were over the top and ridiculous in my opinion.

Its essentially a complete biography of Michelangelo in a historical fiction style. Could there be a little homophobia going on here? Yet the purposeful ignorance behind this book is more of a disservice to Michelangelo than other contemporary pop-art history books. I didn’t get far qgonie this book. This book was nearly painful to read, and the only reason I didn’t abandon it halfway through was because I was hoping for a saving grace in the form of a well crafted ending a lesson I le When I came across this book on the Classics shelf at the Waikiki library, I was surprised.

I couldn’t handle it; about a quarter of the way through, i donated it to the library. I would have enjoyed reading the wikipedia article on Michelangelo a lot more.

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I have only heard glowing reviews from friends about this book, and it was soooo dull to me, and poorly written, and the audio reader turned the great Michelangelo into a whining sop.

During their lifetime, Stone and his wife funded a foundation avonie support charitable causes they believed in. I tried really sgonie to read this book. I am more informed of Michelangelo now that I have read the bookbut fortunately I came to the conclusion that I don’t think I would like the man in person. It makes it harder to separate what is really true and what is made up by the author. I couldn’t differentiate between the fictional aspects of his life and the non-fictional and wasn’t sure how the context in which the book was written would color my perception of the artist.


So why did I pick up this book in the first place? The research may have been really good but the literature and style were mediocre in my opinion.

The descriptions of his relationship with carrara marble, looking for the shapes in the mass in front in them also made an impression, of course the politics of the Italian city states and the papacy were vivid enough. I’m sorry, I don’t buy that.

May 02, Roxana Cosmina rated it it was amazing. Like man’s relationship to marble, etc. This book is very reach in historical details. I have to say that I did not enjoy this book until the last or so pages. I just didn’t like it.

Vero Nedelcu rated it it was amazing Dec 05, That said, there’s a scene that is clearly more inspired by Frankenstein than history, and so elements like that certainly may make some people feel that it should be considered a “classic.

This picture of Michelangelo is more human, more relatable than that portrayed by Stone’s novel, which inherently blocks the reader from truly understanding Michelangelo and instead forces them on their knees at the altar of a cultural genius. While that alone wouldn’t have stopped me from enjoying it as a work of fiction, it was my ignorance about the factual biography of Michelangelo that made me nervous to continue reading.

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