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What the community says about The Divine Comedy
- "This is one of the most known and popular stories of all time, let alone from the medieval period. It tells the story of a man's journey through the layers of hell. It is referenced so often in popular culture that everyone should have read this at some point. Definitely take the time to read this story."
- "The Divine Comedy is definitely Dante Alighieri's magnum opus and is one of the absolute best books in the entire Western canon - you seriously must read it at some point. The work itself is basically unimpeachable - any criticisms of it from readers here basically take issue with technical problems in this particular edition, including potential problems and ambiguities involving translations. I am not sure if this is the definitive edition of the book - it is not necessary to learn Italian to read the book, obviously, but you have to experience it in some form if you are at all a fan of literature."
- "An amazing interpretation of Dante Alighieri's work. Of all of the Dante books, this one made the most sense to me considering its writing style. I would suggest doing your research and finding the version that best provides for you the interpretation and readability that you may want. "
- "One of the greatest works of literature ever that has managed to transcend time. His allegories are more relevant today than ever and had a lasting impact on me. Of course, the book is highly faith based and could get quite boring in the middle but I assure you the journey is worth it. "
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- "One of a handful of classics that open the mind, in my opinion. Quite frankly, this should be required reading regardless of background. This classic was one of the building blocks of my learning to love literature. The world would do well to offer this as a must-read in any literature course.""When reading a list of the all time best books, The Divine Comedy is amongst them. Discussing all things afterlife like Hell, Paradise, and Purgatory, Dante Aligheri's search for meaning is detailed in great specifics. This book will grab your attention and harness it in until the very end."
- "Dante was minor royalty but lived a sad life. He depended a lot on the kindness of strangers as he wondered through the streets of Italy. Perhaps that is how he came to write The Divine Comedy giving us our best description of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise that we will never see. A lot of soul and searching went into this book and perhaps writing it helped to keep the author sane. What privilege to be granted such insight."
- "I suppose to be "nominated" for one of the "best books you've ever read" says something for this. But really, think about all the books that exist in the world. Notwithstanding how subjects the category is, what are the odds that this book is one of the best? Pretty slim I'd say unless you best list has thousands of books on it! But hey, for only $1 on Kindle, you can judge for yourself!""The Divine Comedy is a classic and a must read for anyone that thinks they're well-read. Very old, but still very pertinent and amusing. Great read!"
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in What are the best poetry books"I read an article in the Telegraph that called The Divine Comedy one of the best poetry books. I have to agree with that, The Divine Comedy is the perfect example of a long epic poem. It can still be read for enjoyment, even to this day. It's a classic for the ages. "
- "I wanted to read this for a while. Before I bought it though I looked at a lot of copies, even free. A lot of reviews said that this translation by John Ciardi was one of the best. I found it easier to read than the free version I had also downloaded. It also has notes inside of it that helps to explain some of the things that happening in case you get confused. I really appreciated John Ciardi's beginning section, "How to read Dante", in the book. It helped me to catch on to things quicker. I also liked that Ciardi explained his translation process. It made it easier to read in a way. I have not made it through all of it, but I have enjoyed all that I have read. I have also understood it. For comparison, I could not follow the other versions I downloaded. Their Cantos were in paragraphs and sometimes the wording made no sense. Overall - If you want to read The Divine Comedy... I would suggest this version translated by John Ciardi.""This is an interpretation rather than a translation. Explanation is inserted into the verse in lieu of footnotes. This will surely drive the purist wild and certainly this is not the version to read is you want unadulterated Dante. (Singleton is that, although then you must give up the verse). But James gives you much of the poetry and a reasonably faithful approximation of Dante and he is intermittently able to hit the grandeur as well. But his singular achievement, which as he says in his intro was his goal, is his readability. This Dante begs to be read aloud. Gone the terza rima but a propulsive quatrain scheme is substituted with plenty of internal, alliterative rhyme. And he is able to achieve mostly full rhyme without the clangy fall into limerick, a danger full rhyme is prone to."
- "The book is available in many different formats making it accessible to all in many settings as well. As well the commentary in the book makes it understandable and great to read. The price is affordable too with many reading options."
- "The Divine Comedy is one of the most well known works of literature throughout history for a reason. Just a great, creative, thought provoking book. It blows my mind how such quality could have been written so long ago and translated to modern language and still read so amazingly well."