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The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
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Feb 26, 09

Read in October, 2008

I first read this poem four years ago as part of a dare. And by “dare,” I mean a professor listed it on the syllabus and I had to read it and then write papers about it. The next summer, I wanted to read it again on account of the graphic imagery of Inferno and Purgatorio. The punishments/reparations are mindblowing, scary, and beautiful. Everyone should at the very least skim Inferno. Particularly in Inferno, the political references are funny and provocative, and the historical significance of this epic poem is right up there with the Bible and Paradise Lost for me. Paradiso is far more abstract and sappy than the other books.

I re-read all three last Fall because I’ve always felt attached to this work, and I figure you gotta read something at LEAST three times before you say its your favorite book. But yeah, this is my favorite book. It makes me want to learn Italian and read Dante’s Italian (and the whole part about him writing it in Italian instead of Latin pissed off so many people—again, the history of this piece is great). It makes me want to visit Italy. It makes me want to write something worth reading!
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Mari Loved this review... Now I must read this book.


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Sarah Furey definitely, cant wait to read it!


message 3: by Linda (new)

Linda Diaz Makes me want to read now. This review made me get book today,


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary Learn Italian and visit Italy! You'll love Dante even more, as that history still lives and, unlike Shakespeare, whose English is pretty challenging for us, the Italian of Dante still comes close to its 700-year-old ancestor.


Samantha Dann van niekerk Nicely put!


Samantha Dann van niekerk Nicely put!


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