Divine Comedy - The Inferno
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Dante's Inferno is one of the grandest visions ever conceived of a frightening world beyond our own. What does the underworld look like? Who ends up there? What happens to these unlucky souls? Dante's picture of hell is vivid and relentless, straight out of our worst nightmares. His Inferno is composed of nine vast circles, each with a more devastating punishment than the previous one. Each level of this realm features a torture specifically tailored to the nature of the sin being punished. Those who were materialistic or greedy on earth are doomed to push massive boulders back and forth, nearly breaking under the strain of the heavy objects. The lustful swirl about in a horrible cave of winds, never resting. Born out of a medieval sensibility about virtue, sin, heaven, and hell, Dante's work survives today, a rich and detailed work of literary art: both dark and brilliant, wondrous and terrifying.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
TRANSLATED BY THE REV. H. F. CARY, M.A.
Renews, in bitterness not far from death.
All else will I relate discover'd there.
Who leads all wanderers safe through every way.
All of that night, so pitifully pass'd:
With purpose to retrace my steps I turn'd.
Impell'd me where the sun in silence ...
Reviewed by cgarri on Nov 18, 2012
I need a modern day Virgil
This bread wasn't fun, it was work. In the story, Virgil leads the author through and explains hell. I needed a modern day Virgil to interpret the work. At least now I know from where comes the quote "Abandon all hope ye who enter here".
Reviewed by Kafcaliber on Oct 25, 2009
1 down 2 to go
Wow! I can't wait to read the next two books.
Reviewed by Lockjaw on Jul 1, 2009
Essential & Amazing
Essential to basic literacy. Read it or die uninformed & incomplete.
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