>> Monday, September 1, 2008
This was good. This was really, really good. There was never a dull moment in this addictive tale of Florence during the working days of great artist like Michelangelo and Botticelli. I realized I have never perceived these artists as real people and have never thought their works to be far from divinely inspired. This book depicts quite the contrary. It tells of a very dark time in Florence, who once stood as the Babylon of her day. The author forces you to feel the loneliness, fear, hatred, lust,corruption, and sin of a city on her way to destruction.
Keeping the above in mind I will note that this book is probably rated R. But I'm not sure you would experience all of the above without the full content of the book. I think it would make for a fabulous book club discussion. Although I might be embarrassed to be the one to suggest it.
If you have had any Art History classes in school or have traveled to Italy, this book is a must read.
Here is Mr. Sabbe and I in Florence back in '04, before I was Mrs. Sabbe. I can assure you our story was G rated.