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Orlando Innamorato by Matteo Maria Boiardo
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Aug 01, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: people with patience
Read in July, 2007

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 the relationship of infinite narrative to the putting off of death. It didn't work, though. He died with the poem unfinished.

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