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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, excellent
easy to read translation without losing poetry, great intro to each chapter, and excellent notes, recommend one hundred per cent
Published 15 months ago by john charlesworth

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3.0 out of 5 stars the translation is super, quality problems with the edition
Quality problems with the edition. A few html tags just stuck in the text for no apparent reason - font tags.

Once again one has to break out Sigil to get a proper quality edition. The translation however is the only decent one in English. The choice of two rimes and not terza rima, which is impossible to do in English without compromises, is obviously right.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the translation is super, quality problems with the edition, 8 Aug 2013
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Quality problems with the edition. A few html tags just stuck in the text for no apparent reason - font tags.

Once again one has to break out Sigil to get a proper quality edition. The translation however is the only decent one in English. The choice of two rimes and not terza rima, which is impossible to do in English without compromises, is obviously right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, excellent, 23 April 2013
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easy to read translation without losing poetry, great intro to each chapter, and excellent notes, recommend one hundred per cent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divinely nasty, 14 Oct 2006
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Inferno (Mass Market Paperback)
"Midway life's journey I was made aware/that I had strayed into a dark forest..." Those eerie words open the first cantica of Dante Alighieri's "Inferno," the most famous part of the legendary Divina Comedia. But the stuff going on here is anything but divine, as Dante explores the metaphorical and supernatural horrors of the inferno.

The date is Good Friday of the year 1300, and Dante is lost in a creepy dark forest, being assaulted by a trio of beasts who symbolize his own sins. But suddenly he is rescued ("Not man; man I once was") by the legendary poet Virgil, who takes the despondent Dante under his wing -- and down into Hell.

But this isn't a straightforward hell of flames and dancing devils. Instead, it's a multi-tiered carnival of horrors, where different sins are punished with different means. Opportunists are forever stung by insects, the lustful are trapped in a storm, the greedy are forced to battle against each other, and the violent lie in a river of boiling blood, are transformed into thorn bushes, and are trapped on a volcanic desert.

If nothing else makes you feel like being good, then "The Inferno" might change your mind. The author loads up his "Inferno" with every kind of disgusting, grotesque punishment that you can imagine -- and it's all wrapped up in an allegorical journey of humankind's redemption, not to mention dissing the politics of Italy and Florence.

Along with Virgil -- author of the "Aeneid" -- Dante peppered his Inferno with Greek myth and symbolism. Like the Greek underworld, different punishments await different sins; what's more, there are also appearances by harpies, centaurs, Cerberus and the god Pluto. But the sinners are mostly Dante's contemporaries, from corrupt popes to soldiers.

And Dante's skill as a writer can't be denied -- the grotesque punishments are enough to make your skin crawl ("Fixed in the slime, groan they, 'We were sullen and wroth...'"), and the grand finale is Satan himself, with legendary traitors Brutus, Cassius and Judas sitting in his mouths. (Yes, I said MOUTHS, not "mouth")

More impressive still is his ability to weave the poetry out of symbolism and allegory, without it ever seeming preachy or annoying. Even pre-hell, we have a lion, a leopard and a wolf, which symbolize different sins, and a dark forest that indicates suicidal thoughts. And the punishments themselves usually reflect the person's flaws, such as false prophets having their heads twisted around so they can only see what's behind them. Wicked sense of humor.

Dante's vivid writing and wildly imaginative "inferno" makes this the most fascinating, compelling volume of the Divine Comedy. Never fun, but always spellbinding and complicated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dante - inferno, 20 April 2009
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Mr. Rt Johnson (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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A brilliant classic, the translation is excellent as are the notes which tke up almost half the book. This title deserves a place on any bookshelf, it gives a feeling of the 13th century and the heresy that dante must have been accused of.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceivingly not for everybody, but really should be., 21 Jan 1999
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Compared to most modern stories about the afterlife, Dante's "Divine Comedy" actually has some punch and originaity to it! The writing is also incredible and you could choke on the symbolism. If you can stand the heat, come on in the kitchen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ciardi's the Best, 23 Aug 1998
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There's no doubt about it...Ciardi's is the best translation of the haunting and powerful poem about the medieval view of God's divine plan. Ciardi dumps archaisms and goes for the throat of Dante's poetry and meaning. You'll never touch another translation after you read this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Check for yourself, 5 Feb 2006
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Dr. B. L. Lowe "Bethany Lowe" (Newcastle, England) - See all my reviews
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Just to say that Ray Thompson's review above does not represent the translation which is being sold on this page. Check for yourself using the 'search inside this book' function! The translation in the book is much more modern and comprehensible. I have not yet read it (note: I was obliged to give a stars rating anyway), but will order it as it looks very readable.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful translation of Dante's classic epic, 3 Jun 1997
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This review is from: The Inferno (Turtleback)
Although Dante has been translated into English by many scholars, John Ciardi's translation is uniquely sensual, evocative, and most importantly, poetic. Having read Ciardi's entire translation of Dante's Comedia, I can say that when compared with other works that try to incorporate literal word for word translation from the Italian, something is lost, particularly when the rhyme is sacrificed. Dante writes in Italian terzerima (3 verse rhyme), however, when translated directly into English the terzerima is lost. Ciardi has managed to maintain Dante's lyric beauty in English. Although many translations exist which are more true to the Italian original, please compare this wonderful translation for yourself with others. I promise you that the epic scope and feel of this masterpeice has been retained by Ciardi.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic that needs Modernization, 29 July 1999
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No doubt one of the best works of literature known to us. Although influenced by the events of his day, Dante would have made a great writer and thinker in our time. My dream is to write a follow-up to Dante's "Divine Comedy" using events since the time of Dante, and presenting more subjective views of religion and the afterlife. I plan to start this project in the near future and who knows how long before it's completion........could be years. I think this would be a novel idea and I have yet to see any other such modern day works.
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