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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (12 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199540381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199540389
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 May 2009
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Written in 1532, Orlando Furioso is a wonderful Italian Renaissance chivalric romance, taking inspiration from the Arthurian cycle as well as classical Greek and Roman epic and romance (Homer, Vergil, Apuleius etc.), but which is uniquely itself. Set vaguely during the time of Charlemagne and the Saracen invasion of France, it really inhabits a mythic world full of errant knights, distressed damsels, wicked enchanters, marauding monsters and not a few female knights who are quite capable of being the rescuers rather than the rescued.

Itself an inspiration for Spenser's The Faerie Queene (Penguin Classics), this is crucially central to European literature, spanning a variety of genres.

Some reviewers have hated the prose translation, but personally I prefer it to the Penguin verse translation which feels quite contrived to me. Rich, witty, exciting, moving and absolutely never dull, this is a wonderful and very accessible read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2004
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There is barely a plot to this, but don't let that put you off! Instead, its really a series of legends or legend-like stories that concern knights during some crusade-like period. But again, don't be too put off! Unlike say, King Arthur or The Lord Of The Rings, there are female knights central to the action and Muslims are dealt with quite sympathetically for the time, and are real characters, not simple "baddies" - the heroine marries one, even if he does convert to christianity. Coupled with this is Ariosto's imaginative brilliance in using fairy-tale constructs to make history legendary.
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Written in 1532, Orlando Furioso is a wonderful Italian Renaissance chivalric romance, taking inspiration from the Arthurian cycle as well as classical Greek and Roman epic and romance (Homer, Vergil, Apuleius etc.), but which is uniquely itself. Set vaguely during the time of Charlemagne and the Saracen invasion of France, it really inhabits a mythic world full of errant knights, distressed damsels, wicked enchanters, marauding monsters and not a few female knights who are quite capable of being the rescuers rather than the rescued.

Itself an inspiration for Spenser's The Faerie Queene (Penguin Classics), this is crucially central to European literature, spanning a variety of genres.

Some reviewers have hated the prose translation, but personally I prefer it to the Penguin verse translation which feels quite contrived to me. Rich, witty, exciting, moving and absolutely never dull, this is a wonderful and very accessible read.
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