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The Divine Comedy (La Divina Commedia #1-3)

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A landmark of world literature, The Divine Comedy tells of the poet Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed by his love for the heavenly Beatrice, he learns the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness through a series of unforgettable experiences and encounters. This edition of The Divine Comedy features ...more
Hardcover, 693 pages
Published April 25th 2008 by Barnes and Noble (first published 1320)
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Joo Hani I've read a few and can now say that the Robert Durling and Ronald Martinez version is the authoritative Divine Comedy.

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I've read a few and can now say that the Robert Durling and Ronald Martinez version is the authoritative Divine Comedy.

The facing Italian / English, the endnotes, the inter cantica essays - everything about it helps you to understand the Comedy in a way that is never overbearing or intimidating. (less)

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Manny
"You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth."

- Niels Bohr

I was thinking about Dante the other day and wondering how one could approach him from the angle of a GoodReads review. One of the obvious problems is that he lived a long time ago, and many of the cultural referents have changed. You're constantly having to think "Well, nowadays what he's saying would correspond to THAT". It isn't so bad in Hell, when there is plent
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Kalliope




THE DARING, somewhat COMIC, and also DIVINE, INVENTIO


It is very difficult not to be lured by the highly intelligent craft of Durante degli Aliguieri (DA). And may be it is not a coincidence that he was the exact contemporary of Giotto, his fellow Florentine. For if Giotto planted the seed for a pictorial representation of the world in which man, at the center, and through a window, delivers to us a naturalistic depiction of divine stories, Dante also used his writing to posit himself as the Auth
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أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
الكوميديا المقدسة، إحدى أعظم نتاجات الأدب الإيطالي والأوروبي عامة، والتدشين الأكمل والأكثر تعقيداً وروعةً للمزيج الذي صبغ أوروبا في كل صحواتها من سبات التاريخ، منذ قسطنطين إلى عصر النهضة وحتى الراهن، مزيج الميثولوجيا اليونانية واللاهوت المسيحي.
هذه الكوميديا موسوعة معارف وملحمة شعرية ولهيب رائع لوجدان نادر.

قرأتها -على مراحل متباعدة- بترجمة السوري حنا عبود، لا عن قصد مسبق وإنما حصل لي الكتاب صدفةً، وهي ترجمة رشيقة ومنسابة بحكم انحياز حنا عبود -كما أعلن في المقدمة- للسرد والتصاعد الدرامي للكوميديا
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Mohammed Arabey
هو أنا قررت أن الريفيو المبدئي يكون عن دان براون
عارف يعني أيه مؤلف يعترف في أول روايته الأحدث أنه رغب أنه يكتب عن الأبداع في الأدب زي ماأمتعنا في معلوماته الرهيبة عن الفن في رواياته السابقة؟

عارف لما مؤلف يكون هدف روايته -اللي يمكن ليا ملاحظات عنها وانا في ربعها الأول الأن- أنك تقرأ في الأدب الحقيقي؟..ويشجعك للأطلاع علي روائع الأدب زي ماعمل في تحفيزنا للبحث عن روائع الفن

يشجعك للبحث والقراءة , وبالأخص تلك القطعة الأدبية الفريدة عن رحلة دانتي إلي الفردوس عبر الجحيم
قطعة أدبية شعرية تسببت في عودة الك
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MJ Nicholls
Aug 04, 2012 MJ Nicholls marked it as sampled  ·  review of another edition
I propose an extra level in the Inferno for procrastinators and abandoners. I was planning to write a novel where three protagonists commit suicide and end up in Scottish Hell. Since overcrowding has plagued the old Scottish Hell HQ, the protagonists are forced to queue up for weeks on end before arriving at the building for processing. Upon their arrival, their sins are assessed by an administrator to determine which circle of Hell is appropriate for them. But due to cutbacks and financial inst ...more
Fahima Jaffar
Dec 04, 2013 Fahima Jaffar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أرجأتُ الشروعَ في قراءةِ هذا السِفر المذهلِ طويلاً. كعادتي/كعادتنا كنتُ ألتمسُ لهذا التكاسل المتطاولِ عذراً .. أملاً في اقتناصِ فرصةٍ مناسبةٍ أو مزاجٍ رائقٍ أو صباحٍ ماطرٍ أو أمسيةٍ شاعِرة. وَلم أدركَ أن أعذاراً كهذه لا تليقِ بغيرِ الأعمال العابرة الصغيرة.. تلكَ التي نجترُّ أحداثها بتململِ قطّةٍ متطلَّبة. أمّا إنجازٌ كـ"الكوميديا" لا تملكُ عندهُ إلا أن تنفكَّ قهراً من عوالمك الرتيبة لتقعَ في ثراءِ عوالمه الآسرةِ وكثافتها وتباينها المدهشين. سيهبط بكَ دانتي من غفلةِ "اليمابيسِ" إلى منازلِ الجحيم. ...more
Diamond Cowboy
Feb 12, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best epic poems ever! I highly recommend everyone reads this, Homer's works, and Virgil's works. This was a great translation and a wonder forward and glossery.
5 huge stars!
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Diamond
James Capp
Feb 26, 2009 James Capp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this poem four years ago as part of a dare. And by “dare,” I mean a professor listed it on the syllabus and I had to read it and then write papers about it. The next summer, I wanted to read it again on account of the graphic imagery of Inferno and Purgatorio. The punishments/reparations are mindblowing, scary, and beautiful. Everyone should at the very least skim Inferno. Particularly in Inferno, the political references are funny and provocative, and the historical significance of ...more
Wendy
I finished it! Someone, bring me my medal...

the Inferno is Hieronymus Bosch with words
the Inferno is Hieronymus Bosch with words

A few caveats to this review: I am not a theologian, philosopher, medieval historian, Dante expert, nor astrologist. I am, however, a reader who wants to read "all of teh books" and I appreciate vivid imagery and interesting human interactions in fiction. I tackled the recent Clive James version of Dante's Divine Comedy--no footnotes or canto introductions here--because I just wanted to let the story wash over
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Lisa
Aug 19, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I once thought I'd write an essay on how long it takes a serious author (of fiction or nonfiction) before he or she inevitably quotes Dante. If I were to write a novel myself (this is a hypothetical grammatical construction!), I'd probably manage about a page before I'd exclaim that I am lost, and middle-aged, and in the middle of a dark forest. I'd try to kill off annoying acquaintances and punish them severely for their lack of admiration for me and my creativity (not to mention my sarcasm and ...more
Liz BooksandStuff
May 03, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“Through me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
Justice the founder of my fabric moved:
To rear me was the task of power divine,
Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.
Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I shall endure.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.”


There is no much one can say about this marvelous poem that has not been said before. One of the greatest epic poems to have been written, ever
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Sura  ✿
Feb 12, 2016 Sura ✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-شعر
الكوميديا الالهية هي ملحمة شعرية غنية عن التعريف , صادفتنا في المناهج الدراسية , في الروايات , في الافلام .
وهي جولة الشاعر والسياسي الايطالي دانتي اليجيري في العالم السفلي , حيث كان اعتقادهم في السابق ان مركز الارض هو العالم الاخر .
الملحمة تتألف من ثلاثة اجزاء , الجحيم , المطهر , واخيرا الفردوس و مجموع الابيات يفوق الـ اربعة عشر الف و ومئتين بيتاً و هذه الابيات تندرج في اناشيد , حيث يتالف الجزء الاول ( الجحيم من اربعة وثلاثون انشودة) بينما يتالف الجزأئين الاخرين من ثلاث وثلاثون انشودة .
الجزء ا
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Darwin8u
Mar 07, 2016 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aere-perennius, 2014
Plumbing the crucible of happenstance.

I should give a quick intro and say that I rarely EVER, EVER re-read a book. I should also mention that 3 years ago I had never cracked Dante's Divine Comedy. Now, I am finishing the Divine Comedy for the 3rd time. I've read Pinsky's translation of the Inferno. I've read Ciardi. I've flirted with Mandelbaum and danced with Hollander, but from Canto 1 of Inferno/Hell to Canto XXXIII of Paradiso/Heaven, I can't say I've read a better version than the Clive Jam
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Xime García
Dec 15, 2015 Xime García rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tengo dos razones por las cuales quise leer La Dinvina Comedia.

1. Pretendo leer Inferno de Dan Brown en algún momento de mi vida y me parecía irrespetuoso (¿?) no leer la obra en la que fue basado antes.
2. Porque soy una friki cuasi gamer y sí, me gusta Devil May Cry *la echan de GoodReads*

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Resulta que en la saga de videojuegos hay bastantes simbolismos con respecto a La Divina Comedia, y cada uno de los nombres de los personajes se corresponde con alguna que otra aparición dentro de la novela.
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Marvin
Nov 12, 2011 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written for the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament

(sung to the tune of "Minnie The Moocher")

Folks, heres a story about Winnie the Pooh-cher
He was a chubby Pooh-chie-koocher
He was fat and loved his honey
but he was sweet and his heart was sunny

(chorus)
Hunny-Hunny-Hunny-hi
Hundee-hundee-hunndee-ho
Pigletee-pigletee-hee
Tiggery-Tiggery--Ho

He met a dude whose name was Virgil
who hung around in hellish circles.
He took the bear to hell for a match
where he planned to kick Pooh's ass.

{chorus)

Pooh saw t
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Fernando
Mar 03, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Símbolo inequívoco de su época, esta obra de arte inmortalizada en letras, es un legado universal que Dante nos dejó para siempre. Clásico de proporciones épicas que disfruté de principio a final.
Algunas consideraciones:
Mucha gente lee La Divina Comedia interesada solamente por el Infierno, y no es para menos. Si alguien tiene la inmensa suerte de leer la edición ilustrada por Gustave Doré, llega al Paraíso como si acompañara a Dante buscando a Beatriz.
El Purgatorio es tan, pero tan bueno, qu
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Manny
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, The Divine Comedy versus 1984

Gabriel, Michael and Raphael
Celestial Architects
Eternity

Dear Mr. O'Brien,

Thank you for your response to our recent tender. After due deliberation, we must regretfully inform you that we have decided not to implement your interesting plan for restructuring and downsizing the afterlife.

Our accounting department confirms your statement that it would be more cost-effective only to retain Hell and wind up operations in Purg
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Caris
May 29, 2011 Caris rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2011
By the time I entered twelfth grade, I knew that public school had failed me. I don’t know what your high school was like, but mine was fermented shit on a stick.

I’ve always loved reading. In English class, whenever we started a new unit, I was thrilled. Because that meant we were going to read a new book. Never mind that the books were pretty much guaranteed to suck ass, the allure of an unread text is just too much for me.

Inferno was no disappointment, even then. This poetic vision of Hell ha
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Sue
I am so glad for the Divine Comedy and Decameron group for providing the structure and encouragement which provided the impetus for my finally reading this classic! I am also very pleased that I decided to read John Ciardi's translation as his synopsis and notes added immeasurably to my reading.

While personally I found Dante's travel's through Hell occasionally difficult, the Purgatorio and Paradiso (except for the first few scholarly cantos) flowed with beautiful poetry. And through it all, Da
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Fran
Nov 28, 2015 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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El autor manda a todos sus enemigos al infierno, conoce a su ídolo y la chica que ama finalmente lo pesca. Lejos el mejor fanfic que he leído. 100% recomendado.
Teresa
May 07, 2014 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How in the World (or Inferno or Purgatorio or Paradiso) am I supposed to review this work?

I could review the edition and translator, though I have nothing else to compare them against. Ciardi's notes at the end of each canto are always illuminating, sometimes funny and occasionally self-deprecating. I chuckled at his humor (sharing those particular notes with my husband) and was appreciative of Ciardi's honesty whenever he used a rhyme-forced addition, as well as the instance or two when he ask
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ايمان
Mar 30, 2012 ايمان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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الجزء الأول من الكوميديا الالهية:دانتي انطلق من مفهوم الجحيم في الميثولوجيا الاغريقية و التصور المسيحي بمعنى ان الجحيم يوجد في العالم السفلي تحت الأرض....تبدأ الرحلة بدخول دانتي غابة سوداء قادته الى مدخل الجحيم ليبدأ رحله تستمر عبر تسع دوائر و اربعة و ثلاثون نشيدا يقوده فيها ملهمه الأول فرجيل صاحب الانياذة..فيبدأ دانتي رحلة تشبه لحد كبير الأساطير و المعتقدات المسيحية هناك مزج غريب بين ماهو ديني ووثني في الشخصيات و انواع العذابات..تصنيف المعذبين تأثر فيه دانتي بكتاب ارسطو في الأخلاق فنجد اغلب الم ...more
Solomon
Sure--why not write a trite, pithy review of one of the great works of Western Literature? Fuck it! Yes, it's beautifully poetic, but Dante is also intolerably self-righteous and hilariously bitter in it, skewering, roasting, and tearing to pieces (quite literally) his detractors, enemies, and some people that he maybe just didn't like much. The tortures are sometimes hilarious and in no way biblical...it is disturbing to think that people used to believe a lot of this silliness...oh, and that s ...more
Poncho
Dec 28, 2015 Poncho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can one say about The Divine Comedy that hasn't been said? An analysis? Many scholars have already done that — and quite outstandingly, I must say, to a degree that I would never achieve. A funny meta review of sorts? It's already been done. So I guess it's like Solomon said and there's no new thing under the sun about this masterpiece: it needs no explanations about its grandeur and it does itself justice.

My only remaining words would be an endorsement upon this edition published by Oxford
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Ben
Sep 21, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have travelled a goodly distance since I last read the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, and what a long strange trip its been. So, it was with an introspective bit of drollness that I embarked on this reread.

I was fascinated with Inferno as a teenager and between Dante Alighieri and Robert Smith/Rimbaud it is, frankly, nothing short of a miracle that I didn't put enough reasons together to wind-up as a fleshy tree with harpies perched in my branches somewhere in the lower circles of hell--if
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Antonomasia
[Clive James translation]

At the mid-point of the path through life, I found
Myself lost in a wood so dark, the way
Ahead was blotted out. The keening sound
I still make shows how hard it is to say
How harsh and bitter that place felt to me—
Merely to think of it renews the fear—
So bad that death by only a degree
Could possibly be worse. As you shall hear,
It led to good things too, eventually,
But there and then I saw no sign of those,
And can’t say even now how I had come
To be there, stunned a
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Kalliope
I just read the introduction of this edition. It is not very long and very good and with an excellent discussion on the difficulties of translating the terza rima into English.

I particularly enjoyed the discussion of the structure of the Commedia as a cathedral.

I shall read Dante's text in a different edition.

And I have about at least two more introductions from other editions.
Tempo de Ler
Jul 28, 2016 Tempo de Ler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Divina Comédia é, sem dúvida, um dos expoentes máximos da literatura internacional. Tenho que admitir no entanto que, apesar do enorme prazer que me deu lê-lo, foi também um processo bastante cansativo e demorado. Embora tenha um enredo relativamente simples, A Divina Comédia constitui uma alegoria bastante complexa e profunda, cuja compreensão exige a nossa completa concentração no texto e algumas consultas paralelas.

Acompanhamos Dante na primeira pessoa através da sua jornada pelo Inferno,
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Yani
Jan 03, 2016 Yani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval, poesía
Me gustó mucho más de lo que esperaba, porque cuando lo empecé creí que me ganaría y lo odiaría. Es una lectura ardua e intensa que merece la pena, siempre y cuando uno esté algo acostumbrado a esta clase de libros. Al empezar a leerlo ya induce a pensar que no será fácil, que hay detalles que uno lee y pierde al mismo tiempo y que Dante Alighieri no tenía ganas de que entendiéramos ni un pedacito del libro. Pero poder, se puede.

Dante se construye como protagonista en este recorrido por el Infie
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David
Oct 16, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dante's Divine Comedy is the story of the soul’s journey from the depths of despair to pure enlightenment, and you don't have to be a Catholic or even religious to be awed and inspired by it. If you ignore all the academic dust that has settled on this astounding creation over the seven hundred years since it was written, and imagine it more as an adventure movie with better special effects than The Matrix and with a deeper message than The Seventh Seal, you'll set off on a journey across space ...more
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Dante Alighieri, or simply Dante (May 14/June 13 1265 – September 13/14, 1321), is one of the greatest poets in the Italian language; with the comic story-teller Boccaccio and the poet Petrarch, he forms the classic trio of Italian authors. Dante Alighieri was born in the city-state Florence in 1265. He first saw the woman, or rather the child, who was to become the poetic love of his life when he ...more
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La Divina Commedia (3 books)
  • Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)
  • Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy, #2)
  • Paradiso (The Divine Comedy, #3)

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