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The Divine Comedy, Vol. 2 by Dante Alighieri
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Aug 27, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: world-literature
Read in August, 2011 , read count: 1

I first read excerpts from Inferno when I was a freshman in high school, and I finished Inferno when I was a senior. I was spellbound by its graphic imagery and the compelling story of a man's journey through Hell to purge himself of earthly sins. Due to my positive experience with Inferno, I became interested in someday finishing the Divine Comdey. I decided to do that this school, since I will teach excerpts from Inferno.
Dante' Purgatorio is an allegory that examines, among other ideas, the concept of divine justice. However, I was not nearly as enraptured with the storyline of Purgatorio. In fact, the more I read the footnotes, which were extensive, the less I liked about the story. By the time I would finish reading about the journey through Purgatory, I would lose the plot. I did like the images Dante's creates, but unfortunately, I didn't find them nearly as fascinating as those in Inferno.
I do have Paradiso left to read. I think that my admiration will always be with Inferno, but I will try to approach the last part of the triology with an open mind.

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