Orlando Innamorato (Orlando in Love)
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Orlando Innamorato (Orlando in Love)

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Like Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, Boiardo's chivalric stories of lords and ladies first entertained the culturally innovative court of Ferrara in the Italian Renaissance. Inventive, humorous, inexhaustible, the story recounts Orlando's love-stricken pursuit of "the fairest of her Sex, Angelica" (in Milton's terms) through a fairyland that comb...more
Paperback, 633 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Parlor Press (first published 1487)
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Jim Leckband
If you are considering reading this book I feel you should be warned like many of the characters are warned in this book "Beware if you are not a honorable knight-errant! Turn back now if you do not possess the abilities to follow a Renaissance ADHD author through Canto Forests of Magical Jousts, Battles and Fairies!"

Of course that should have been in tetrameter and posted on a magical tree. But I digress. Speaking of which, does Boiardo ever digress. If you've ever wondered where soap operas go...more
Matthew
I like Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto better, but this book that inspired Ariosto's work is still pretty enjoyable. I would have been happy to read the whole thing except that I suddenly stopped caring about knights errant and their adventures, probably because that's almost all I've been reading for the last few months and I felt all of a sudden that I'd gotten what I needed to out of the genre. Another thing is that Orlando Furioso summarizes a lot of the events that take place in this bo...more
Albert
The story was great
I loved it.

Rinaldo, Orlando, Brandimart, Charlemagne and so on.

But the writer is so freaking bad.

This book needs to be severely edited, there are many completely unnecessary scenes and the stories that are sub stories have nothing to do and are completely uninteresting.

But the main story and the main actions that the paladins go through are beautiful!

I will never forget it! But is it tough to read? Yes. VERY VERY TOUGH

That's why I believe it should be trimmed and edited
A...more
Adam  McPhee
I think it's a crime that people still read and study the King Arthur mythos but the Chansons de Geste are more or less forgotten. I mean, I guess it's problematic and it encourages the wrong sort of right wingers when they fight Muslim caricatures in Chanson de Roland, but here he tames giants and travels the world. The Saracens aren't even evil so much as just on the other side, Boiardo and later Ariosto could admit that brave knights could serve either side. I don't it just stinks that no one...more
Hillary
Aug 01, 2007 Hillary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people with patience
If you want a thousand pages of Renaissance comedy, you might should read it. I liked Boiardo a lot, and I think more people should read it, especially people who are going to read Orlando Furioso (its sequel, which refers to it constantly). It's kind of like professional wrestling: drama with intermittent and less interesting fights. My other theory (this was read during a directed reading class in Comp Lit this summer on Renaissance Italian epics) about it has to do with its endlessness and th...more
Adamo Lanna
Prima che impazzisse di dolore per quella sciacquetta di Angelica, Orlando era un giovincello come si deve e faceva tante buone azioni. Certo, le faceva in una lingua che non tanto si capisce, però tutto sommato per un po' uno le riesce a seguire. L'errore da non fare è leggere questo dopo l'Orlando furioso, che quello è più bello e questo poi ammoscia. Poi è così lungo, non finisce più!
Amanda
A little long and a bit thick with bloody battles of solo knights v. armys of ten thousand. I like the story and the intoxicating sense of adventure, but the characters are a bit flat, which is why this earlier romance doesn't appeal as much to me.
Stefano
Orlando innamorato by Matteo M. Boiardo (1994)
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