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Dante in Love Kindle Edition
|Length: 401 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Age Level: 7 - 9|
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T.S. Eliot stated that "Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them, there is no third." Wilson tackles with the first, and the task is herculean. However, he's no stranger to feats of this genre, having written a very interesting book on Jesus (which, strangely enough, he later recanted - possibly due to his "re-acquired" faith).
But back to Dante.
With Italian as my father tongue - my mother tongue being semitic - I was quite curious to see how an anglophone would perceive the Supreme Poet's poetical universe and his paramount craftmanship. Having just read another brilliant book on Dante (Dante's Invention by J. Burge), I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one as well, mainly due to its excellent portrait of the Florentine juxtaposed with his contemporary society, since without an understanding of medieval Florence, it would be impossible to grasp the meaning of Dante's great poem, the Divine Comedy.
So, notwithstanding the difficult problem of making people appreciate a masterpiece in translation, Wilson succeeds in doing it and presents a pleasurable work of high biographical/critical standards, interspersed with acute references to modern literature and its profound debt to the Tuscan Poet.
Now go back to the Comedy and re-read it: you'll enjoy it much more after this book, I'm sure.Read more ›
It is a fascinating book which opens up insights into Dante's world and thought.
For me it brought me back to a re-reading of the epic poem with fresh eyes; and that can only be a good thing I think.
My grandson is thoroughly enjoying it now and if it inclines his scientific mind even slightly toward reading in the arts for pleasure I will feel well rewarded.
I recommend this as a non-threatening starter to understanding Dante's world.
Wilson writes with evocative eloquence on the poetic influences on his humanist hero, Dante. He brings alive passages from the near-universally unread Divine Comedy - showing the passion and strong sense of personal injustice which animated this remarkably self-concerned poet, who managed to turn his own traumas and desires into a Christian and yet very personal fabular story.
Don't expect a conventional biography or vague semblances of chronology. Wilson is weak on the politics and history of the period, though he is good on minor details with an artistic bent.
Where he is magnificent is as a subtle aesthetic critic, for example when he describes the revolution in Western painting wrought by Giotto.
You have to surrender yourself to the somewhat capricious but startling intelligence of this writer, but it is worth it.
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brillant, on level with Prue Shaws Dante book,even if looking at Dantes work from another perspectivePublished 4 months ago by Benny, Copenhagen
Most entertaining in a roundabout, relaxed and erudite way.
Wilson writes with evocative eloquence on the local and poetic influences on his humanist hero, Dante - not... Read more
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