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Divine Comedy

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Atlantic Books
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Ian
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I had to describe The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine in one word, it would be “unflinching”. The cover depicts a close up of a male face, in hyper-real, high definition close up, and this is a sign of things to come. The Divine Comedy is a challenging novel from an author best known as a poet. Its structure is unusual – there is a plot, though this unfolds only periodically and probably occupies less than half of the text. The remainder is a series of digressions, reflections and anecdotes whic ...more
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Although ostensibly presented as a novel, The Divine Comedy is not your common garden piece of fiction.

There is a indeed some sort of story, threaded through the book, that focuses on the relationships of two couples. A mere device, however, for there is much else besides.

The book is a collection of recollections and ruminations that owe more to the scrapbook and the memoir than the novel. As if the reader were invited by Raine to partake in a well-oiled dinner party during which a voluble rac
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Poet and critic Craig Raine was born on 3 December 1944 in Bishop Auckland, England, and read English at Exeter College, Oxford.

He lectured at Exeter College (1971-2), Lincoln College, Oxford, (1974-5), and Christ Church, Oxford, (1976-9), and was books editor for New Review (1977-8), editor of Quarto (1979-80), and poetry editor at the New Statesman (1981). Reviews and articles from this period a
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