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on 20 September 2011
An excellent rendition into English prose of Dante's last Cantica, first published in 1939 but still an invaluable source of pleasure, especially if you also know some Italian and wish to taste the beauty of the poet's verse in the original text - which appears on facing pages, in parallel.

Funny however how many reviews and appreciations exist about his first two Cantiche (Inferno &Purgatorio), but not so for Paradiso: do I suspect that not many reach the end of Dante's supernatural journey? And yet, it's a wonderful Paradise that we encounter in the verses of this Cantica.

Many first time readers of the Inferno must have finished it in a few sittings; the Purgatorio continues the narrative interest. It can likewise be read quickly, in a few days, in the knowledge that the reader will return to master the identities of some of the characters, or puzzle out some of the more obscure points. The third section od the Divine Comedy is different. The Paradiso is a work of prodigious originality, where the effects achieved may be found in other artistic forms (i.e., painting and music, to name two), but not often in literature. Why?

Because Dante is going to achieve what the 4th Gospel (cf. int. al.,The Light Has Come: An Exposition of the Fourth Gospel) said it was impossible -- at the end of this Cantica he will see God, or at the very least, as words and vision fail, he will have come as close to seeing God as anyone else in literature. In fact, the Paradise is the boldest work of Western literature, since, if it achieves its effect, it will have ceased to be an imaginary narrative and will have led the reader to the vision experienced by the pilgrim-poet. Its aim is nothing less than to enable us to see God.
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on 30 November 2012
I had an edition of this book from a charity shop and wanted to find it again. Through amazon, i was able to find all 3 books of the divine comedy with translation and commentary by Sinclair. The fact that you have the original Italian opposite each canto is great for study and the cover is beautiful.
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on 20 February 2015
This is a very easy to read translation and contains very useful notes. It is the edition that i would recommend to anyone deciding to buy a copy of Paradiso. Having the Italian text is very helpful.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 1999
This final part of the Divine Comedy was very interesting and I enjoyed it a lot. However, I felt that it was too dogmatic and that Dante spent too much time considering doctrine problems in the Catholic Chruch. However, the ending was spectular!!! I felt like I was actually there and could see the faces of the angels and the blessed. If you are a fan of the Divine Comedy and Dante in general then please read this book. But I would not recommend it to the non-fan.
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