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First Look at da Vinci? This Is a Good Overview
January 16, 2017
Having read many Hourly History books, I had an idea what to expect. However, this book on da Vinci differs from the rest.
Judging from the writing style, “Leonardo da Vinci, A Life From Beginning to End” appears to have been written for a younger audience, perhaps junior high age. As such, it is a good introduction to da Vinci for young readers who don’t know many of Leonardo’s accomplishments past the Mona Lisa. Other readers who are somewhat familiar with da Vinci may find this book lacking.
In a small book like this one, the author must make decisions and sacrifices. I would have preferred the ruminations over da Vinci’s sex life would have been left out, thus permitting additional information concerning some of his ideas and inventions. There is much that is not included (such as some of the inventions he imagined which didn’t come to fruition until centuries later). The author did include an extensive history of da Vinci’s early life and his accomplishments as an artist.
Chapter Nine (Facts about Leonardo da Vinci) was interesting, a potpourri of information. This was my favorite part of the book, although I wish it would have been longer than two pages.
Bottom line: Great book for those who know little about da Vinci, but not enough meat for people who have knowledge of the many accomplishments this man fit into his lifetime. Three-and-a-half stars.