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The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso (John Ciardi Translation)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful, But....

We are reading this translation of The Inferno in class (translated by J.C.), and it is wonderful.

However, I am confused Barnes and Noble......

Are you allowing for the same comments that are posted on one translation to be automatically posted on all the other vers...
We are reading this translation of The Inferno in class (translated by J.C.), and it is wonderful.

However, I am confused Barnes and Noble......

Are you allowing for the same comments that are posted on one translation to be automatically posted on all the other versions? This isn't helpful, because readers may wish to compare one translation to another by reading the reviews...... That's what I was trying to do, to see which version of The Divine Comedy I wished to buy, but couldn't. I realize that I should probably post this in some forum online, and I will eventually. And of course, what I could be seeing is the result of spammers, but I don't think this is likely.

Anyway, I absolutely believe that this is a wonderful translation and would highly recommend it.

posted by 10775544 on May 11, 2012

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9 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

dante is great, ciardi is not

i have read a different translation of dante's inferno and found it to be nothing short of amazing. this translation, however, is nothing more than a glorified 'spark notes' translation. much is lost in ciardi's extremely over simplified translation. i would suggest th...
i have read a different translation of dante's inferno and found it to be nothing short of amazing. this translation, however, is nothing more than a glorified 'spark notes' translation. much is lost in ciardi's extremely over simplified translation. i would suggest this to a high school freshman who just wants to get though it. to a well-read student of literature, though, this reading is unfulfilling and meaningless.

posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2006

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