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The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (The Divine Comedy #3)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  9,200 ratings  ·  274 reviews
Robert Durling's spirited new prose translation of the Paradiso completes his masterful rendering of the Divine Comedy. Durling's earlier translations of the Inferno and the Purgatorio garnered high praise, and with this superb version of the Paradiso readers can now traverse the entirety of Dante's epic poem of spiritual ascent with the guidance of one of the greatest liv ...more
Hardcover, 704 pages
Published January 5th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1321)
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Manny
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh versus The Divine Comedy
My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.) He must surmount these propositions; then he sees the world rightly.

- Ludwig Wittgenstein
One by one, all the other animals had left the Grea
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Algernon
“Infinite order rules in this domain.
Mere accidence can no more enter in
than hunger can, or thirst, or grief, or pain.”

“Now comes this man who from the final pit
of the universe up to this height has seen,
one by one, the three lives of the spirit.”


I have been reviewing each canto separately, but that is not how the poem was constructed. Dante planned his timeless masterpiece to the last detail, leaving nothing to chance or improvization. His supreme deity is one of order and meaning, and only
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Shawn
Something about this passage gets me. I always come back to it. Sad and beautiful. Dante asks a woman in the lowest rung of Paradise - the moon - if she doesn't hanker to go higher:

"A smile at this
Lightened her eyes, and those who crowded near
Smiled with her. Then she spoke, and all the bliss
Of Love's first flame, it seemed, was hers to sing,
She was so joyous in her answering.

"Brother, the quality of our Love doth still
The impulse of rebellion; all our will
Being God's only. Here we rest content
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Hend
الشاعر الايطالى دانتى يذهب فى رحله الى الدار الاخره حيث الجحيم والمطهر والفردوس الكتاب ملىء بالصور الخياليه الرائعه والعبارات الملفته منها ماكتب على باب الجحيم (يامن تدخلوا هذا الباب اطرحوا عنكم أى أمل)وغيرها
Melora
I'll admit I was relieved to reach the end of this one. There were some really Great parts, and I Loved the last canto, but... it dragged more than a bit in the middle. More than I needed to know about the arrangement of the planets and the orders of the angels, and Way more than I needed to hear about how Fabulously beautiful Beatrice is. I understand that she spends most of her time being allegorical, but still. Her heart is clearly in the right place, but she is a terrible nag. Even so, there ...more
محمد
ثلاثيه دانتي ذو الاصل الايطالي:
وهي الجحيم ,المطهر, والفردوس.,
التأثر بكتاب ابي علاء المعري ,رساله الغفران واضح تماما في الكثير من الصور الغريبه عن الثقافه اللاتينيه.,والفكره في حد ذاته هي تصور اصيل لمراحل البعث والحشر والصراط والجنه والنار.,الكتاب ذو لغه شعريه نثريه صعبه الهضم ربما لانها مترجمه عن لغه اخري وسبب اخر هي قدم زمن الكتابه (1308) م
., الانسياب الشعري والصور الخياليه افضل ميزه للكتاب والافكار مستوحاه من الاساطير اليونانيه والاغريقيع القديمه واشخاص تقابلهم في الكتاب هم ابطال في كتب الال
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Vane
That's that. It's over. And it all ended with God.

In Paradiso, Dante's journey is continued and brought to an end. Now, Dante's guide is no longer Virgilius (he stopped guiding him almost at the end of Purgatorio), but by Beatrice, who was introduced (by mention) in Inferno. In this one, just as in the previous one, Dante meets important figures, the difference being that in Paradiso they are mostly saints.

The Paradiso has also a structure, just this time, its division is according to virtues, a
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Michael
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Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Stare qui a provare a cucire addosso le stelline al Sommo Poeta, mi sembra quasi un'eresia e non vorrei ritrovarmi per questo in uno dei suoi gironi.

Mi sembra poi impossibile dire qualcosa che non sia già stato detto chissà quante volte, in tutte le forme e soprattutto da persone molto più competenti di me.

Dante Alighieri, uomo di immensa cultura, di elevatissima intelligenza e cuore appassionato., credo sia l'unico autore oltre a William Shakespeare a non aver bisogno di alcun commento. E' un
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Felonious
Jul 16, 2010 Felonious rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: topshelf
The Paradiso is the last volume of Dante's Divine Comedy (which includes The Inferno, The Purgatorio and The Paradiso). The Divine Comedy was written between 1308 and 1320. The Paradiso is Dante's ascent through heaven. Dante's vision of heaven (and God) is so poetically beautiful and well done that much of today's Christian belief is steeped in The Paradiso. In fact all the volumes of The Divine Comedy lends some basis for the Christian beliefs of the afterlife.

Like the first 2 volumes Dante us
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Jon
Finished my slow reading of the Paradiso on the last day of the year, which somehow seems appropriate. The Hollander translation seems excellent, and the notes, while far too detailed in their summary of all earlier commentaries, pretty much answer most of my questions. Now to go back to the Inferno and start my repeated rereading of the Commedia, this time in this translation. Somehow I remain convinced that if I just read it one more time, I'll understand everything, if only for 15 minutes.
C. Maria
This is the third and final part of Dante's Divine Comedy, following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. It is Dante's journey through Heaven, guided by Beatrice.

The Spheres of Heaven
First Sphere (The Moon: The Inconstant)
Second Sphere (Mercury: The Ambitious)
Third Sphere (Venus: The Lovers)
Fourth Sphere (The Sun: The Wise)
Fifth Sphere (Mars: The Warriors of the Faith)
Sixth Sphere (Jupiter: The Just Rulers)
Seventh Sphere (Saturn: The Contemplatives)
Eighth Sphere (The Fixed Stars: Faith, Hope, and Lo
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sarah massoni
May 20, 2007 sarah massoni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thinkers, poets, armchair philosophers
this book is incredibly intimidating. but after reading the vita nuova and the other two books in the divine comedy, paradiso is literally the coup de grace, in the most beautiful and beatific way possible.
Scot
I actually read the version annotated by Walt Whitman which meant that the notes were just as fascinating as the text. Of the three parts of the Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso), I found this one the most dense and difficult to penetrate and therefore was my least favorite of the three. I am not sure what that says about me. Part of the change in feeling for it was the shift from Virgil to Dante's fantasy woman as guide - Beatrice. This felt like as much an ode to her as it was t ...more
Joshua
To sum up how I feel about Dante's Divine Comedy can only be summed up through a quote from the last canto:

Oh quanto è corto il dire e come fioco
al mio concetto! e questo, a quel ch'i' vidi,
è tanto, che non basta a dicer "poco."


Or, translated by Allen Mandelbaum:

How incomplete is speech, how weak, when set
against my thought! And this, to what I saw
is such–to call it little is too much.
David Withun
Many modern readers of the Divine Comedy arrive at the false conclusion that the Paradiso is the book of the Divine Comedy into which Dante put the least effort and for which he had the least passion. It is common in literature courses today to read only the Inferno and ignore the Purgatorio and the Paradiso altogether. It has commonly been described as too medieval, too pious, and not of the same quality as the other two books. To the modern reader, it appears especially weak when compared with ...more
Alexis Neal
Dante continues his journey with Beatrice as his guide (Virgil having returned to Limbo). This paradise is a series of concentric circles corresponding to various heavenly bodies--the moon, the planets, the fixed stars, etc. This ascent is a bit trickier than the progress in Inferno and Purgatorio, as all the souls in heaven are supposedly perfect. It becomes problematic, therefore, to categorize them by what would normally be considered flaws (inconstancy, ambition, intemperance, etc.). The ide ...more
Matthew
I'm sure everyone has their opinions on Dante and "The Divine Comedy" and I now so humbly offer up my own.

Much like Dante writes in "The Paradiso" that it was impossible to describe the indescribable sights and revelation of heaven, so it is as a reviewer trying to do so with "The Divine Comedy." I will say that reading all three canticles together as one is quite possibly one of the greatest journeys a person can undergo.

As far as the translation is concerned, John Ciardi is the authority whe
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Bruce
The Paradiso is the last part of the Divine Comedy, and this is the best translation of it to its date. Dorothy Leigh Sayers is better known to most readers for her series of mysteries featuring Lord Peter Wimsey and his man Bunter, that servant greater even than P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves. Those who have read only these know little of Sayers' depth. She was a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford University, with first-class honors in medieval literature; wrote advertising copy for a time; and i ...more
Bev
I have now made the journey to Hell and back and up to Paradise with Dante. Just finished the last volume of Dorothy L Sayers' translation of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. This is a beautiful journey that takes the soul from the confrontation of sin (Hell) to remorse, repentance, and penance for sin (Purgatory) to absence of sin and ability to enter into the divine presence (Paradise). This final installment of the Comedy was both a quicker read and a bit of a disappointment. There were long ...more
Alex Telander
Released in hardcover in January of 2011, Robert M. Durling and Ronald L. Martinez present their translation and editing of the final volume in the epic trilogy of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, with Paradiso. After the success of the first two volumes – Inferno and Purgatorio – with readers and scholars alike, fans will now be able to complete their collection.

After reuniting with his love, Beatrice, Dante now travels with her through the heavenly spheres, experiencing “the state of bless
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Sørina
Jul 26, 2007 Sørina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: classics
Exalted to the fifth heaven, Dante wrote:
And here my memory defeats my wit:
Christ’s flaming from that cross was such that I
can find no fit similitude for it…
my seeing Christ flash forth undid my force.

(Paradiso XIV: 103-105, 108)
This is the central contradiction of Paradiso and other visionary works: the supra-sensory vision of Christ is beyond language, yet the mystic poet inscribes ineffability.

Ecstatic experience is beyond comprehension. The utterly inexpressible—God the Son, glorified—is
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Kelsey Hanson
Paradise is boring. Sorry to say it and I know that I don't have the right to criticize one of the greatest poets ever, but darn it all of the aspects that I enjoyed from the other two installations are gone... and that includes Virgil. I miss that guy. Why does he have to live in hell it wasn't his fault he was born too early. It uses a similar method with different spheres of heaven but it is so full of religious philosophy and history about Florence for me to fully comprehend.
Lily
I finally finished The Divine Comedy. Actually I enjoyed Inferno more than Purgatorio and Paradiso. Everything about The Divine Comedy is incredibly creative and I understand why it's a masterpiece but after Purgatorio it kind of started being dull and boring. So I can say that Heaven is my least favorite one of the three books. But The Divine Comedy, in general, was a great inside look into ones fantasy about three heavenly stages and I would give Inferno is 4/5 stars but then it's seriously do ...more
Al Maki
I think this is my third time through the Comedia - Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso - and I've found that I am most struck by Paradiso this time. Since I'm not a Christian, it's not the theology that I'm responding to, and I'm surprised to find a bunch of angels and saints more interesting than those villains down in hell, but of course it's not them, it's Dante: the conception and the execution. Because the story is so simple, his brilliance stands out clearly. If there's a better capolavoro f ...more
Mohammed Mokhallalati
For me, Paradiso is anticlimactic and uneventful. The tesxt is heavy with boring Christian dogmas- to the point of falling into didacticism. Beatrice adds insult to injurt with her vague sophism that is jarring compared to the wittines of Virgil. I really miss Virgil in paradiso. I think Inferno and Purgatorio are superior in style and themes than Paradiso.
Azar Hoseininejad
سرود چهارم
اگر خاموش ماندم، خویش را از این بابت نه ملامتی می کنم و نه می ستایم، زیرا که در آن حال در میان دو تردید سرگردان بودم و بدین الزام داشتم.

زیرا که آن اراده ای که پایدار است، سر فرود نمی آورد، و اگر هم هزار بار دست تعدی و اعمال زور به زانو در آید، باز آنچنان کند که آتش به مقتضای طبیعت خویش می کند.
سرود هفدهم
درباره ی آینده ی من سخنانی سخت به من گفته شد، هرپند که من خویش را همچون هرمی در برابر ضربت های تقدیر استوار می یابم.
لاجرم شوق من وقتی ارضاء خواهد شد که بدانم چه سرنوشتی در انتظار من
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Ahmad Sharabiani
سرود اول بهشت
جلال ِ آن کس که گرداننده ی همه چیز است، سرتاسر جهان آفرینش را به فرمان خویش دارد. ولی در اینجا (آسمان) بیشتر، و در جاهای دیگر کمتر متجلی است. بدان آسمانی رفتم، که بیش از هر آسمان دگر از فروغ او بهره مند است، و چیزهایی را دیدم، که آن کس که از آن بالا فرود آمده باشد، نه میداند و نه میتواند باز گفت. زیرا که حس ادراک ما، با نزدیکی به مایه ی اشتیاق خود، چنان مجذوب میشود، که حافظه ی ما را یارای همراهی با آن نمیماند. با این همه، آنچه را که از قلمرو مقدس (بهشت) در گنجینه ی اندیشه، جای توانس
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Sunny
Thought this was ok overall and lots of references to saints and people from around Dante's time which was hard to follow if you don't know
Much about that period. Again will bring certain references into my own book set in heaven but have to be honest I wouldn't have read this Apart from research purposes as it was quite a hard read
. Thank god I for mark musas notes.
Diego Hernández
No me gusta escribir cosas negativas de los libros que leo.
En general, La Divina Comedia no es mala pero debo aceptar que de las 3 partes esta es la mas aburrida y la más pesada.
Mi parte favorita fue el Purgatorio; el Infierno es medio grotesco.
No sé, siento que debes ser un sabio en cosas como la Geografía, la Historia Universal, la Literatura, la Poesía etc. Para que puedas entender las MILLONES de referencias que tiene La Divina Comedia.
En fin, sólo puedo decir que me costó mucho trabajo term
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Divine Comedy (3 books)
  • Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)
  • Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy, #2)
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“Love, that moves the sun and the other stars” 107 likes
“ma gia volgena il mio disio e'l velle
si come rota ch'igualmente e mossa,
l'amor che move: i sole e l'altre stelle
...as a wheel turns smoothtly, free from jars, my will and my desire were turned by love, The love that moves the sun and the other stars.”
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