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Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto
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May 14, 2010

really liked it
Read from May 14 to July 24, 2010

Delightfully wacky "translation" of a classic text. This is the book that drove Don Quixote mad. Slavitt's outrageously wacky, anachronism filled, verse translation is a joy to read. Not sure how "faithful" it is, but it's a lot of fun.

I might have given it 5 stars (it *is* a classic), but it's missing a large chunk of the original. Now, abridging a looong medieval romance like this with short summaries to fill in where necessary is arguably a good thing; but that doesn't seem to be what's going on here. There's almost nothing missing until the last 10 percent of this book (more like the last third of the original) and then large chunks are summarized sortof randomly. Why? I suspect Slavitt planned a two volume complete translation (or something of the sort) and ran out of time or was overruled by his publisher, or both. So, as much fun as this book is, I felt a little unfulfilled at the end. Maybe Slavitt will go back and finish it someday....
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05/14/2010 page 200
29.76% "Wacky verse translation of this influential classic. A blast so far." 2 comments
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