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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard work, but rewarding, 11 Mar 2009
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This review is from: The Divine Comedy (Everyman's Library Classics) (Hardcover)
Reading Dante is never going to be easy. The book is 500 years old, written in a world very different from ours and for a very specific purpose and audience. Considered by many scholars to be the most brilliant book ever, bar none, it has a lot to live up to. And Dante delivers. His incredible knowledge of the classics and contemporary Florence mean you will have to look up many names and references in the notes at the back, and elsewhere -thank the lord for Wikipedia with all its faults. His erudite style and profound subject matter force you to take it slow, and this translation which appears both scholarly and artistic to someone unfamiliar with Italian or Latin has all rthe hallmarks of an almost impossible job well done. So yes, if you want to know why this work is ranked up there with Da Vinci and Michelangelo: take the time to find out. You will not be disappointed as you improve your acquaintance with heaven, hell and purgatory. And this particular edition is well presented, nicely bound and very fairly priced.The Botticelli drawings that are also included deserve better paper but are a welcome extra. For anyone with more than a passing interest in the renaissance, Dante is a must-read, and this edition should provide hard-back enjoyment at a paperback price.
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Initial post: 2 May 2010 12:28:17 BDT
When did you need to turn to Wikipedia? The notes in the back are superb and I haven't had to look anywhere else (yet, I'm almost in Paradise...)
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