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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 1961)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195004132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195004137
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new edition provides a powerful example of how a sensitive handling of the material can enhance our reading of the poem, rather than entice us with the illusory prospect of fully grasping its meaning. The book's great virtue is that its focus is the poem itself, in the original. (Matthew Treherne, Times Literary Supplement)

Durling and Martinez handle the scholarship with just the lightness of touch that is required. Nowhere is this clearer than in their treatment of the theology of the Purgatorio. (Matthew Treherne, Times Literary Supplement)

... this book makes the case that we should approach the poem in the spirit of the Italian word "peregrini", as travellers in meaningful search. We are richer for it. (Matthew Treherne, Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) was an Italian Florentine poet.

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To course over better waters the little bark of my wit now lifts her sails, leaving behind her so cruel a sea, and I will sing of that second kingdom where the human spirit is purged and becomes fit to ascend to Heaven. Read the first page
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This translation is easy to read and contain very useful notes. It is particularly useful in that the an Italian text is included with the translation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Billy on 15 Jun. 2011
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This epic poem is unlike anything else. Fascinating read, it encorporates everything it is to be human: the struggle, determination, love, fear the list goes on. I primarily selected this poem for my Italian and English exams at A level, although when I finished the book I realised I should have read it ages ago! Over the summer I'll definitely read the other two parts to the Divine Commedy, although this poem stands alone in my opnion. The english translation on opposite sides of the page to the original italian is very helpful and obviously a necessity if you can't speak old italian. I would highly reccomend reading the commentary after every Canto as this helps to understand the meaning behind the metaphors. Great read, definitely reccomend it to everyone!
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J .Skerrett on 8 Sept. 2002
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From the trilogy 'The Divine Commedy', this is undoubtedly my personal favourite. After the drama and power of the Inferno, and before the ethereal, dogmatic Paradiso comes this wonderful transition. Dante celebrates the human spirit, with its faults but mostly its hope, and human fraternity.
The subject is treated with gentleness and tenderness, despite the fact that the souls there are being punished. I found in it the most moving moment of the whole Comedy, when Virgil leaves Dante. It is then, in the last few canti, that Dante meets Beatrice and must turn his focus to more heavenly matters.
John D. Sinclair recognises this human poignancy throughout and since Sinclair treats the whole Comedy as personal to Dante, and his life, in his commentary, this edition is particularly suitable for an appreciation of Dante's ideas in the Purgatorio - 'the reordering of love'.
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SINCLAIR'S TRANSLATIONS ARE EXCELLENT; BUT THE BLURB IS OF MANDELBAUM'S 28 Mar. 2014
By Gavin Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach Dante, on occasion, for a living. Sinclair's translations are my favorite because he provides the facing-page Italian and a brief 3-4 page explanatory essay after each canto. If you are reading Dante on your own, this is the best translation, IMHO, because of these brief essays. However, I was prompted to review this text because, at the time of writing this review, the blurb on the Amazon site describes Mandelbaum's translation, but the item seems to be Sinclair's. These are two very different editions/translations of Dante. Amazon needs to resolve the error.
excellent 29 May 2014
By s. berger - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read many of the different translations, but the Sinclair translations, with the original Italian on the opposite page, is my favorite. Dante is almost impossible to translate with all the subtlety of the original, but Sinclair gives a good sense of the original. There is also a synopsis and footnotes to help guide the reader.
Recommended highly.
but I was extremely disappointed that I did not receive the standard Oxford jacketed ... 6 April 2015
By AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA - Published on Amazon.com
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I kept the copy I received (at the time I did not have the time to return it), but I was extremely disappointed that I did not receive the standard Oxford jacketed hardcover edition that I ordered but a cheap gloss-laminated library edition that does not match the other volumes of my complete set of the excellent Durling translation.
Must read classic 11 May 2015
By William Litherland - Published on Amazon.com
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Great plot. Really enjoyed. Translation was excellent. I had no problem following along and notes at the end of the books helped.
Five Stars 25 Aug. 2014
By Brandon Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fast shipping. Description was accurate.
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