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It sounds beautiful... but hard to read,
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This review is from: The Divine Comedy (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) (Paperback)
I'm educated to a normal level - I have a degree, but it's not in English literature. I don't profess to be a linguistic master, so this book is perhaps a little out of my depth in comparison with some scholars out there.
Nevertheless, I was very interested in reading this book - mostly because of the grim fascination about the tale of someone who gets to visit the 7 circles of Hell. Although I found it hard-reading at times, I was also blown away by it. I fully expected to not understand the text at all, and must admit I was pleasantly surprised. There was the odd bit I had to read twice to process, but in general, it was nowhere near as complex as I imagined.
Although controversial, perhaps in several eras, the tale and style is provocative and I always found it difficult to put down, even when I was struggling to fully understand.
I would certainly recommend this to someone looking for an enriching challenge.
I was most drawn to religious iconography and just the general lavishness of the whole text, but even on a much shallower level, it's a very interesting narrative.
Be confident, is the key! It's not as laa-dee-daa as you might think (although it is very long).