March 05, 2012

Review: David by Mary Hoffman

Hardcover: 304 pgs
Published: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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.

This is a fantastic novel that I urge you all to read. It's fun, exciting and tragic in many ways. It's also a bit historical, and it may get a little confusing at times but I really want you to look past that and find your way to the heart of the story.

David is truly about the unconditional love of two brothers - one being Michaelangelo, the famous artist/sculptor that we all know about. The story focuses on Michael and his brother, Gabrielle, who he uses as the model for his famous statue of David. Although the two are not brothers by blood, their love for each other is intense, and you watch as they go through obstacle after obstacle together - always having each others backs.

Michael, who you would assume would be the pure center of this book, is actually just portrayed as an artist completely obsessed with his work. Gabrielle, on the other hand, is the character we adore. He begins as this naive, innocent farm-boy coming to live with his brother and ends up having this huge transformation throughout the novel -  to a spy, ladiesman , and even a fugitive! He's actually like an old-school James bond.

There was so much drama in the novel, so much suspense and so much love. It is totally worth the read and I hope you feel the same way!



  1. this sounds so intriguing! *-* really makes me want to read it!

  2. A wonderful idea for a novel! I'm adding it to my wishlist now...:)


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