The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

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Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.
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  • Kenneth Ray
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Such a great book and a classic! If you haven't read this yet then drop what you are doing and read it right now! Highly recommend it."
  • Kyle Nichols
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "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."
  • Mildred Wheeler
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The is a great recommendation from Clifton Fadiman. I loved following the story of the poet's journey to salvation. This is an aspiring read and I recommend it to everyone."
  • Tyler McDonald
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "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."
  • Ann Bryant
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I like this classic. It endures the spans of time. It uncovers the mystery of the universe."
  • Ayaan Sengupta
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "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. "
  • Ni Zeng
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "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. "
  • Victoria Chen
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Ever read a book you just can't put down? I just did. The Divine Comedy is a book worth checking out."
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  • Kimberly Schultz
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "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."
    Pranav Nair
    Written on June 17, 2017
    "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."
    Austin Perez
    Written on March 19, 2017
    "Best books of all time, we hear that a lot, but are they actually good? Well, The Divine Comedy is pretty darn good. I was laughing the entire way and was amazed by the clever writing. A+ book in my book!"
  • Xu Chang
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "honestly, ive never read this even though its a classic supposedly. i keep meaning to but i just dont have much interest in it"
  • Raymond Franklin
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Divine Comedy is one of the best books ever to come out of olden times. Follow one mans travels in search of the meanings of life."
  • Justin Warren
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Divine Comedy is a perfect solution for best books about forgiveness, because it tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed."
  • Linda Munoz
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "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."
  • Judith Harper
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This book is a translation of another book. It is not the most influential book in history."
  • Joshua Boyd
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "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!"
    Daniel Davidson
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "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!"
    Sandra Ortega
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "The Divine Comedy is an excellent read and the journey this person goes through is spectacular."
  • Frank Dunn
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This thing has been a classic for hundreds of years for good reason. Very well written, very creative, interesting take on Christian theology and the human condition in general. I think everyone should at least give reading it a shot."
  • Christian Vargas
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "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. "
  • Alan Thompson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "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."
    Rachel Banks
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "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."
  • María Elena Blanco
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "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."
    Samuel Howard
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This is a must read book. It is free, so you can't go wrong. Almost everyone is sure to enjoy it."
  • James Meyer
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "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."
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