Dante's Inferno: A Retelling in Prose [NOOK Book]

Overview

This is retelling of Dante's "Inferno" in novel form.

Chapter 1: The Dark Wood of Error

Just before Good Friday, April 8, 1300, Dante woke up to find himself in a dark wood. How he got there he did not know because he had wandered from the correct path little by little, not realizing for a long time that he had wandered from the straight path and was instead on the path of error. But midway in the threescore and ten years allotted to human ...

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Dante's Inferno: A Retelling in Prose

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Overview

This is retelling of Dante's "Inferno" in novel form.

Chapter 1: The Dark Wood of Error

Just before Good Friday, April 8, 1300, Dante woke up to find himself in a dark wood. How he got there he did not know because he had wandered from the correct path little by little, not realizing for a long time that he had wandered from the straight path and was instead on the path of error. But midway in the threescore and ten years allotted to human beings in the Bible, the 35-year-old Dante had finally awoken to find out that he was not on the path he wanted to be on. Instead, he was in a dark wood in a dark valley, far from the light he wanted to see. And he felt fear rather than the reassurance he wanted to feel.

But Dante looked up and saw the light shining on the top of a hill. Light shows human beings the correct path to take, and light calms fears. A swimmer who has escaped dangerous waters will take a look at the waters when he is safe on shore. So Dante, who felt safer but still had a long way to go before he reached the light, looked at the dark path and the dark valley while resting before he attempted to climb the hill and reach the light.

The climb was harder than he expected because of Dante’s weakness—one foot dragged behind the other. Worse, Dante was not alone. Just as he began the climb upward, a leopard blocked his path. Everywhere Dante went, the leopard went. Dante was unable to climb upward. Just when Dante thought that he could get past the leopard, a lion appeared and blocked his path. And then still more trouble! A she-wolf appeared, and again Dante’s path upward was blocked. Dante was unable to climb upward; instead, the she-wolf, hungry, walked toward him, forcing him down the hill into the dark wood and the dark valley.

If Dante were to ever climb upward, he needed help. Some things cannot be accomplished alone. Some things require help in order to be accomplished, and some things require divine help in order to be accomplished.

Just then, Dante saw a figure coming toward him, and he cried out, “Whoever you are, have pity on me, whether you be a man or a spirit!”

The figure replied, “I am no longer a living man, although I lived in Rome while Caesar Augustus ruled, in a time when the wrong gods were worshipped. I was a poet, and as a poet I told the story of Aeneas, a refugee who survived the burning of Troy. But why aren’t you climbing toward the light? This dark wood is no place to be.”

I know why you can’t climb toward the light, the figure — Virgil — thought. You have sinned, and you are in the dark wood of error. Your sins are keeping you from climbing toward the light. The leopard is a manifestation of the sins of incontinence, the lion is a manifestation of the sins of violence, and the she-wolf is a manifestation of the sins of fraud. Sometimes, sins take on material form. Dante, I am aware that you have messed up your life so much that you need help to reach the light. Fortunately for you, help is here.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940032807704
  • Publisher: David Bruce
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 215,673
  • File size: 234 KB

Meet the Author

David Bruce is an anecdote columnist at "The Athens News" in Athens, Ohio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!!

    Loved it couldn't put it down - definitely a must read!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Easier to understand than orginal version.

    Great reading, easier to comprehend than original.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Too easy

    I got this book thinking it would be good...and don't get me wrong it is, but I like a challenging book that makes me think. This retell in prose is too flat out and obvious it' s like reading Dr. Suesses 1 Fish 2 Fish Red Fish. Did I mention i'm only 14? Now do you get it?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Best version

    In my opinion this is the best version avalible anywhere. It is hard to read unless you enjoy such topics as hell or religon, and it is also written in older English. Still the best translation out there.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Good but hard.

    You must know alot of vocabulary to understand. Might even brush up on your roman gods otherwise you will be lost in this book. But i must say it has great grammar.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Dantes infurno

    It is supposed to be scary as crap

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Dante's Inferno for the common man!

    Read in my youth but better understood with your book in my later adult life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Love it

    Good read

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    Posted May 27, 2013

    Read This

    I bought the free sample, read it, then bought the full version. But when the full version loaded and I read it... It was a sample! I basically bought two samples, one was free and the other wasnt I want a refund!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    It Was Good It Was Good

    It Had It's Flaws Like Every Book But It Was Good

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