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Not for me,
This review is from: Dante: Inferno (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy (before Purgatorio and Paradiso).
In this book, we follow Dante as he visits Hell, walking down its nine consecutive Circles accompanied by the poet Virgil, and meeting old acquaintances on the way.
This should not become a habit, but I intend to stop after the first volume and not finish the trilogy. First, I realize I'm simply not sensitive to poetry. Then, there are too many references to public or mythical figures of the Antiquity and 13th-century Florence, and I'm not sufficiently educated in History and Biblical Lore to enjoy this book.
Still, Sisson's modern English translation is good and reads easily. The notes at the end of the book are well-done and help understand what Dante is referring to, but I was too lazy to constantly check back and forth. I'm wondering if it would have been a better choice if they'd been placed in the margin.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2012 10:59:26 BDT
This review is not in fact of Kirkpatrick's (Penguin) translation, but of that by C.H. Sisson (OUP), as is clear from the last paragraph.
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