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PostSubject: Divine Comedy   Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:07 pm

Any of you guys ever read it? I have Inferno. I tried reading it once but there was a lot of stuff I just couldn't wrap my mind around. I've read a modern interpretation of it, as well as owning 2 versions of Inferno on dvd. I've begun reading it again. I've got to make it through this time.

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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:52 am

I've read INferno twice, but the furthest I've made it is halfway through Purgatorio (which from what I've heard, isn't necessarily a bad thing).
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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:05 am

Yeah. I can't say that I'm entirely interested in Purgatorio or Paradiso. I just don't see how those could be interesting.

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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:16 am

they were pretty boring. Inferno is good though, if you can stand flipping back to the list of appendices every other line
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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:23 am

When you've got more time, mind telling me which version you have? I know some writers did better and easier to understand translations of it.

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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:28 am

translated by Allen Mandelbaum and it's part of the 'everyman's library.' ISBN is 0-679-43313-9. It's good because it has a whole shit ton of references in the back (the only bad thing, like I said, is you're flipping back and forth constantly). Or I was constantly flipping anyway. Mind you the last time I tried reading it was like 4 years ago, not that my knowledge of ancient italian history has improved since then but some other things might have.
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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:30 am

And the good thing is you cna kind of get away with not knowing all the references. It's more about how the language flows and the musicality of it and all that. It's like Paradise Lost in that sense (though Paradise Lost is better written imo)
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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:32 am

I also have a Mandelbaum translation but it's a Bantham Classic. It's got like 50 pages of notes about different parts of the poem in the back.

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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:32 am

I've never read Paradise Lost, either.

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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:34 am

Might be the same thing. I think there's close to 50 pages in my book, but I'll check tomorrow.

Paradise Lost is sweet. I didn't get most of the references (I don't have acopy with them in it) but what I read was awesome. Mind you I only read hte first book or whatever, but still.
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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:05 am

I have all of The Divine Comedy in a pretty schnazzy giant-sized hardcover book, with illustrations by Gustave Dore, but I haven't read it yet, lol. I tried reading it years ago, but it was from a college book of my dad's, and he underlined a lot of words and phrases, and that really ruined everything for me 'cos in my mind I kept emphasizing those words.

The translation in my copy is apparently the first ever English translation, where the guy decided not to go with the rhythm and rhyme of the original Italian and just went for solid, descriptive lines in English.

Anyway, the concept is interesting to me, 'cos Dante wrote it as kind of a speaking out against the Roman Catholic leaders of the day, whom he felt (and rightfully so) were using Christianity for political gain rather than being true believers preaching and upholding the faith.
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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:01 pm

I think solid and descriptive lines work. I mean, part of the appeal of the whole thing was Dante's use of words... but those same things don't work in English. So I'd just prefer something I can understand.

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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:43 pm

Paradise Lost and Divine Comedy are both essential works of art.
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PostSubject: Re: Divine Comedy   Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:53 pm

Oh... have you guys seen the 1911 film Inferno? I've got it on dvd with a soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. It's pretty interesting. I've only watched it once since getting it, but I wouldn't mind seeing it again sometime.

Also this paper puppet movie called Dante's Inferno that came out in 2007. It's a modern telling of it where Hell is like a major city.

Both of them are pretty interesting. I know I mentioned having dvds earlier in the thread, but have you guys seen those?

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