David by Mary Hoffman

How did I get the book?   StorytellerInc Book Club – Book 9

Genre: Historical Fiction

First Impression:  Loved the Stravaganza books.

Synopsis: Michelangelo’s statue, David, is famous around the world. Millions flock to Italy every year to admire the physical perfection of the young man captured within the marble. But the identity of the model has never been known . . . until now.
In this epic tale, acclaimed author Mary Hoffman imagines the story of Gabriele, a naive but incredibly handsome young man who is hired as Michelangelo’s model, only to find himself drawn into a world of spies, political treachery, and murder. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Florence in its most turbulent times, this rich, colorful, thrilling tale gives life to one of the world’s greatest masterpieces.

200words (or less) review:  I’ve been meaning to read David for a while, it sounded really interesting and in many ways it is. Despite the fact that this book is relatively small David’s story felt quite long, it’s a tale of art, politics, danger and love.

I thought Mary Hoffman’s writing was excellent and her world building exciting and vivid. I really felt I was there. Overall though I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I hoped. Part of the problem is that I really didn’t like David as a character and never really got past the bad first impression he made.

The politics are confusing, even with the explanations provided I still got lost at times and couldn’t remember which if the many (and there many) characters was on which side. There is so much going on and yet at the same time nothing much happen until the very end of the book (at which point I was eagerly turning the pages to see how the story ended).

For someone who is interested in this time period and/or the art, David will be a wonderful read.

Recommend it?


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