One of the greatest works in literature, Dante's story-poem is an allegory that represents mankind as it exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice. A single listen will reveal Dante's visual imagination and uncanny power to make the spiritual visible.More
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It's the Divine Comedy. Its extremely well translated, I don't know how much is lost in translation. Certainly the rhyming structure so it stops being a poem and becomes prose but I didn't care about that.
He doesn't really have characters, just Dante and he did a good job, if a tad monotone.
Laugh and go how the *beep* did he get that past the pope.
Extremely frustrated with the canto structure. Explanation of the canto then the canto then another explanation. kills the momentum. but stick with.
- Alistair Shaw
A roller coaster of scenes and language
The first part really put down the groundwork and was so good I could listen to the last two much slower parts
The obsession with Beatrice and describing her "divine beauty" every other canto would have helped. Some phrases or states of mind got very repetitive
I think that would be too much, at least split it into three parts and only listen to the last two if you really really enjoyed the first one (Hell)
Somewhat split emotions when it comes to this book.
First part (Hell) was absolutely amazing, it was so gripping I got several chills down my spine. Would give it 8/10
Second part (Purgatory) was slow and repetitive, felt like Dante collected names just to spread their word once he returned. Would give it 4/10
Third part (Paradise) was very geometrical and complex, lots of patterns and angels who emerges from pure light. Little to the trippy side and enjoyable. Would give it 6/10
Overall all three books would get a 6/10 and I could only recommend all if you really enjoy the first part.