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The Divine Comedy (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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42 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful edition

The nicest English edition of the Divine Comedy I've seen in a long time. The translation is Longfellow's - a classic in its own right, though not to everyone's taste: blanc verse (not terza rima), ponderous, antiquated vocabulary, tortuous, baroque sentences. It takes ...
The nicest English edition of the Divine Comedy I've seen in a long time. The translation is Longfellow's - a classic in its own right, though not to everyone's taste: blanc verse (not terza rima), ponderous, antiquated vocabulary, tortuous, baroque sentences. It takes getting used to, but it's worth the effort. The translation is happily matched by a complete set of Gustav Dore's engraved illustrations - there is one per every 3 or 4 pages, sometimes more. Again, Dore's illustrations are not to everyone's taste - some would find them classicistic, cold and a little boring - but it remains one of the most celebrated masterpieces of the 19th century most celebrated illustrator, and as such, worth perusing. The quality of reproduction is surprisingly good for a mass edition. To find imperfections one really has to squint and look very closely. The book, therefore, is very Victorian, very 19th century in spirit. It strives to be so in appearance as well - handsome red (bonded) leather cover, spine with heavy bands, gold lettering, all edges gilt, yellow silk tassel marker. The cover is embossed with beautiful design, rather 1930th in style. The paper is good quality, the type is easy to read. The book is a pleasure to hold and leaf through - not too heavy or oversize, like so many gift editions of classics that are literally unsupportable - one cannot hold them in hands long enough to read. It would make a beautiful gift, but I bought it for my own library.

posted by Anonymous on April 21, 2008

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12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

A must have for Dante fans...........but!

This is extremely hard to read. I was able to keep up with the plot through about the first half of purgatory, but only because I have read the inferno and purgatory with other Dante translations. By the time I reached the tenth canto of paradise I was so sick of trying...
This is extremely hard to read. I was able to keep up with the plot through about the first half of purgatory, but only because I have read the inferno and purgatory with other Dante translations. By the time I reached the tenth canto of paradise I was so sick of trying to figure out what was going on that I just stopped. I really wish the publishers of this book would have gone with another translation. Nevertheless, this is a very nice copy of the Divine Comedy for a Dante fan to have. I would not however recommend this to someone who has not previously read Dante.

posted by ElwynMartin on March 27, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    Boring

    I found this book to be uterly boring and slightly offensive with all the pictures. Not a book that children should ever be aloud to see. If you have children keep book out of reach.

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    Posted January 8, 2010

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