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La divina commedia: Paradiso

(La Divina Commedia #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  15,313 ratings  ·  540 reviews
Dorothy L. Sayers's landmark translation follows Dante's terza rima stanza's and brings his poetry vividly to life. Her work was completed after her death by Barbara Reynolds, who provides a foreword on the importance of the translation and an introduction on Dante's view of Heaven. This edition also includes a new foreword, updated further reading, notes, appendices, a ...more
Paperback, 601 pages
Published 1991 by Le Monnier (first published 1320)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Paradiso = Paradise = Heaven (La Divina Commedia #3), Dante Alighieri
Paradiso is the third and final part of Dante's Divine Comedy, following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. It is an allegory telling of Dante's journey through Heaven, guided by Beatrice, who symbolizes theology. In the poem, Paradise is depicted as a series of concentric spheres surrounding the Earth, consisting of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Fixed Stars, ... It was written in the early 14th
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Michael Finocchiaro
The journey with Dante and his spiritual guides through the afterlife concludes appropriately with Paradiso. Written around 1319 to just before he died in 1321, it is his ultimate vision of God and Heaven and a wild ride. The pace is much faster - or at least it seemed to me - than Inferno and Purgatorio and he and Beatrice fly through the Heavenly Sphere (yes, you need a lot of suspension of disbelief and lots of Scholastic philosophy - even Aquinas himself is a tourguide at one point), so it ...more
ἀρχαῖος (arkhaîos)
"What little I recall is to be told,
from this point on, in words more weak than those
of one whose infant tongue still bathes at the breast." Canto XXXIII

Note: When your eyes glaze over at any point while reading this review, simply skip ahead to the solid line __________.

Dante wrote his 'Divine Comedy' as a didactic poem. He wanted to teach his fellow citizens about what could await them after death - Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso. He also wanted to teach a lesson in Faith and Morals. He wrote
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William2
Mar 24, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm only reading the poems, and the preceding brief clarifying outlines, this first time through. I find the long critical sections to be almost wholly poem killing. I am not a Christian, so my view is literary and anthropological. All literature for me, the compelling stuff, delineates a lost or wholly imagined world or parallel sphere. (J.G. Ballard's off-beat work comes to mind.) The Divine Comedy wonderfully creates just such an imagined existence. It is, in fact, a dystopia, very ancient ...more
Manny
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My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.) He must surmount these propositions; then he sees the world rightly.

- Ludwig Wittgenstein
One by one, all the other animals had left the
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Sidharth Vardhan
As much as you have to admire Dante for his knowledge spanning over so many fields - philosophy, cosmology, history, theology, mythology, poets, politics, whatever is the word for the science of torture (Dante should be called father of that science), about local crimes etc - one can see why Borges considered it the best thing ever written; still I didn't particularly like Paradiso. It is mostly saintly souls in large groups moving in different shapes. And despite all those souls telling us ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
“Infinite order rules in this domain.
Mere accidence can no more enter in
than hunger can, or thirst, or grief, or pain.”

“Now comes this man who from the final pit
of the universe up to this height has seen,
one by one, the three lives of the spirit.”


I have been reviewing each canto separately, but that is not how the poem was constructed. Dante planned his timeless masterpiece to the last detail, leaving nothing to chance or improvization. His supreme deity is one of order and meaning, and only
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Piyangie
The Paradiso is the third and final part of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. As the name implies, this part contains Dante's version of Paradise.

Dante's Paradise is influenced by medieval views on Cosmology. Accordingly, it has nine concentric spheres that surround the earth. Above the spheres is the Empyrean which is where God resides.

In Paradiso, Dante journeys through Paradise. Here his guide is Beatrice. Virgil is no longer there and I missed dear old Virgil who guided Dante through
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Riku Sayuj
Paradise: Too bright and too noisy. Not my choice for a good retirement spot.
I have decided to settle for the Earthly Paradise atop Purgatory, with its meadows, light music and pleasant breeze. Seems like the best long term investment at the end of this cosmic tour.
Manny
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some concluding statements. I began reading Paradiso believing it was the weakest of the three canticas of Inferno, Pugatorio, and Paradiso. Such a notion was implanted from what I can only say are biased academics. Paradiso does not have the fanciful torments of Inferno. It does not have the bodily tensions of Purgatorio. But Paradiso is special. Perhaps it is the most theological of the three canticas—and that is why I think that academic biased developed. But the theology is dramatized in ...more
Shawn
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something about this passage gets me. I always come back to it. Sad and beautiful. Dante asks a woman in the lowest rung of Paradise - the moon - if she doesn't hanker to go higher:

"A smile at this
Lightened her eyes, and those who crowded near
Smiled with her. Then she spoke, and all the bliss
Of Love's first flame, it seemed, was hers to sing,
She was so joyous in her answering.

"Brother, the quality of our Love doth still
The impulse of rebellion; all our will
Being God's only. Here we rest
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Laurel Hicks
Beautiful! I need to read it a few more times to really own it, though. It is filled with music and smiles and light.
Helena
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dante's journey to enlightenment ends with Paradiso.
It was my least favourite part to be honest. I had hard time getting through the book and since I'm not into philosophy I didn't enjoy it as much. However, I'm glad I decided to read The Divine Comedy because, as a whole, it was worth it. Dante's brilliance cannot be denied.
Lau
3.5

This is the most difficult book I've ever read. And I still think Inferno is the most enjoyable part. Idk people, I like the damned.
Vanessa J.
That's that. It's over. And it all ended with God.

In Paradiso, Dante's journey is continued and brought to an end. Now, Dante's guide is no longer Virgilius (he stopped guiding him almost at the end of Purgatorio), but by Beatrice, who was introduced (by mention) in Inferno. In this one, just as in the previous one, Dante meets important figures, the difference being that in Paradiso they are mostly saints.

The Paradiso has also a structure, just this time, its division is according to virtues,
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Galicius
There are some 1200 entries in Sinclair’s index at the end of "Paradiso" to names of places and people to the entire "Divine Comedy". The Comedy is a liberal arts encyclopedia of the Medieval mind.

This edition has the original text with facing page translation. The footnotes and translator's notes after each canto are very helpful. This text is recommended by Yale University for it's Dante course that is available on line free.

Alireza Nejati
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfectly-written story and a true masterpiece, everybody should read this series because it's the story of us people and what creatures we are!!
Brian
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right behind the Bible on my list. That's not to say the book is perfect, but this is a book to break one's heart, mind, soul, and imagination.

Update:
There will be better books two thousand years later. For now, we need to make do with this.

I’m sorry to say that this was the hardest of Esolen’s translations to follow. Like Perelandra, the Paradiso has lotsa dialogue, much of it metaphysical, which is again probably why people do not usually like it. Certainly, I cannot blame some readers for not
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Melora
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit I was relieved to reach the end of this one. There were some really Great parts, and I Loved the last canto, but... it dragged more than a bit in the middle. More than I needed to know about the arrangement of the planets and the orders of the angels, and Way more than I needed to hear about how Fabulously beautiful Beatrice is. I understand that she spends most of her time being allegorical, but still. Her heart is clearly in the right place, but she is a terrible nag. Even so, there ...more
Julie Davis
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dante
This time through I was much more engaged in Paradiso than the first time I read it. Perhaps it is because of the commentaries I'd read ahead to prepare myself. Perhaps it is simply because the second time I was readier for this part of the journey.

Whatever the reason, I found myself very moved by the Empyrean (the celestial rose formed by Mary and the saints as they gaze on the face of God, with angels fluttering back and forth like bees) and the rainbow spheres of the Holy Trinity with the
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Jon
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished my slow reading of the Paradiso on the last day of the year, which somehow seems appropriate. The Hollander translation seems excellent, and the notes, while far too detailed in their summary of all earlier commentaries, pretty much answer most of my questions. Now to go back to the Inferno and start my repeated rereading of the Commedia, this time in this translation. Somehow I remain convinced that if I just read it one more time, I'll understand everything, if only for 15 minutes.
Matt Pitts
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This was easily my favorite of the three books of Dante's Divine Comedy. It is more beautiful of course than the Inferno with its lex talionis inspired vision of hell and (for me at least) much more interesting than Purgatory . I'm a Protestant, so there were necessarily many things Dante described with which I do not agree, but from a broad Christian perspective there was also much to agree with and for a Christian interested in the classics much to appreciate and admire.
sarah massoni
May 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thinkers, poets, armchair philosophers
this book is incredibly intimidating. but after reading the vita nuova and the other two books in the divine comedy, paradiso is literally the coup de grace, in the most beautiful and beatific way possible.
Michael
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Felonious
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: topshelf
The Paradiso is the last volume of Dante's Divine Comedy (which includes The Inferno, The Purgatorio and The Paradiso). The Divine Comedy was written between 1308 and 1320. The Paradiso is Dante's ascent through heaven. Dante's vision of heaven (and God) is so poetically beautiful and well done that much of today's Christian belief is steeped in The Paradiso. In fact all the volumes of The Divine Comedy lends some basis for the Christian beliefs of the afterlife.

Like the first 2 volumes Dante
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Kyra Boisseree
I GET ETERNAL BRAGGING RIGHTS. Okay, I'm actually amazed and relieved that I managed to stick to my reading shcedule and finish this because I was three weeks behind at one point, and I do have a final paper to write. I was planning on giving this canticle 1 star because it's significantly less interesting than Inferno and Purgatorio AND Virgil isn't even there to make up for it (and I got more pissed off reading this one than the other two), but near the end....it got to that point....the same ...more
Ashley Adams
There is a lot of light and philosophy in Paradiso. The dialogue certainly begs a re-read, and gave me a lot to think about language. Even in translation, Dante's stylistic and linguistic choices have changed dramatically through this journey, the art in the language is beautiful.

*The Mandelbaum translation is very readable. Probably better suited to a second reading as the notes are separate from the text.
Sunny Houk
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have already read the whole divine comedy but this book was on my shelf and I am not disappointed in Dante. Not one bit.
Baal Of
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eggplant
Fuck this book.

What a bunch of tedious, overblown bullshit. Heaven sucks.
John Pistelli
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, medieval, religion
Here is what you've heard about the Divine Comedy: the
Inferno
, with its poignantly vivid tortures and its cacophony of wicked voices is the most entertaining canticle, beloved of various and sundry; the Purgatorio , with its wistful focus on the lives and ambitions of poets and its chastened mundanity, is of special interest to writers and artists; and the Paradiso, with its saints in chorus, its mystical refusals of imagery, and its long disquisitions on Scholastic philosophy, can be
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