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Dante in Love by [Wilson, A.N.]
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"The most illuminating guide to Dante and his world I have read." --Sarah Bradford, author of "Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy" "The narrative is exceptionally lucid and the detail always vivid. This is biography as done by a novelist at the height of his powers." -- Jonathan Bate, "The Sunday Telegraph""" "If Dante gives us a universe, then Wilson provides a splendid survey of the world in which it was conceived . . . His criticism is generous, open-ended and patient." --Tom Payne, "The Telegraph""" "A thoughtful investigation . . . Wilson is an excellent 21st-century Virgil for anyone who has ever lost their way in Dante's dark wood, or who has yet to venture in." --Sarah Bakewell, "Sunday Times Magazine""" ""Dante in Love" is not just a thoroughly readable, illuminating story but, with its fascinating store of detail, a practical reference volume. It is a worthy vade mecum with which to explore Dante's masterpiece itself." -- Fiona Sampson, "The Independe

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"The most illuminating guide to Dante and his world I have read." --Sarah Bradford, author of "Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy" "The narrative is exceptionally lucid and the detail always vivid. This is biography as done by a novelist at the height of his powers." -- Jonathan Bate, "The Sunday Telegraph""" "If Dante gives us a universe, then Wilson provides a splendid survey of the world in which it was conceived . . . His criticism is generous, open-ended and patient." --Tom Payne, "The Telegraph""" "A thoughtful investigation . . . Wilson is an excellent 21st-century Virgil for anyone who has ever lost their way in Dante's dark wood, or who has yet to venture in." --Sarah Bakewell, "Sunday Times Magazine""" ""Dante in Love" is not just a thoroughly readable, illuminating story but, with its fascinating store of detail, a practical reference volume. It is a worthy vade mecum with which to explore Dante's masterpiece itself." -- Fiona Sampson, "The Independe

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2184 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050C8618
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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An erudite and yet easily readable book on a most complicate topic: Dante's genius.

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.
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I bought this in spite of Will Self's dyspeptic review.
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.
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Most entertaining in a roundabout, relaxed and erudite way.

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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I am no Dante scholar and bought this because I felt it might help me to understand and appreciate the Divine Comedy. I was right; good choice. A.N. Wilson's book is very readable. He writes with erudition and great enthusiasm about Dante's life and times, The Divine Comedy itself, and its place in world literature. I'm now reading a new translation of The Divine Comedy (by J.G. Nichols – also to be highly recommended) dipping occasionally into A.N Wilson for further enjoyment.
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An interesting introduction to the life of one of the world's greatest poets. The background given on some of the characters in Dante's Commedia is particularly valuable. Unfortunately Wilson then begins to take himself too seriously and gives the reader pages and pages of philosophising which, at best is mildly interesting and at worst pure self-aggrandisement on the part of the author. Given that fully one third of (the Kindle edition of) the book is taken up with an Appendix of reference works, this could and should have been a much weightier tome.
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