Inferno (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions) [NOOK Book]

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Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

With these words, Dante plunges readers into the unforgettable world of the Inferno-one of the most graphic visions of Hell ever created. In this first part of the epic The Divine Comedy, Dante is led by the poet Virgil down into the nine circles of Hell, where he travels through nightmare landscapes of fetid cesspools, viper...
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Inferno (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

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Overview

Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

With these words, Dante plunges readers into the unforgettable world of the Inferno-one of the most graphic visions of Hell ever created. In this first part of the epic The Divine Comedy, Dante is led by the poet Virgil down into the nine circles of Hell, where he travels through nightmare landscapes of fetid cesspools, viper pits, frozen lakes, and boiling rivers of blood and witnesses sinners being beaten, burned, eaten, defecated upon, and torn to pieces by demons. Along the way he meets the most fascinating characters known to the classical and medieval world-the silver-tongued Ulysses, lustful Francesca da Rimini, the heretical Farinata degli Uberti, and scores of other intriguing and notorious figures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435141131
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 38,577
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy in 1265, the oldest son of a prominent Florentine family. Dante studied Tuscan and Latin poetry in his youth and, in 1293, published La Vita Nuova, a book of poems on the theme of courtly love. It was followed by Convivio, a book on his philosophical beliefs. A dispute between the White and Black factions of the Guelphs in 1301 lead to Dante’s exile from Florence for life. Over the next few years he hade his home in Verona, Lucca, and, finally, Ravenna. By 1310 he had written Inferno and Purgatorio, the first two books of his Divine Comedy. He wrote the third and concluding book, Paradiso, in the years after he found sanctuary in Ravenna in 1318.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2005

    You can see why it is a classic

    Yes, once again, Aaron actually reads a classic. The last time this happened was, ummm..., a few years ago. Anyway, this time I tackled the famous recounting of one man's journey to Hell. The version I read used the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation from the nineteenth century, which might have made things harder then they needed to be, as there were definitely some archaic words used. Not that the subject wasn't hard enough, considering that the book was written around 750 years ago. What I wasn't prepared for was how personal everything would be (for the author, not for me). See, Dante used this book (and most likely all of the Divine Comedy, of which The Inferno is just the first part) to take some rather serious pot shots at various people he didn't like, as well as showing favor to people that he did like. For example, many of Dante's political enemies find themselves in some rather interesting situations in hell, undergoing some rather perverse tortures for their sins in life. A number of classical philosphers and poets show up in Hell, too, which only makes sense considering that they died without acknowledging the Lordship of Jesus Christ. However, because Dante likes these guys, they are only in the first circle of Hell, where things relatively aren't all that unpleasant (like Judas Iscariot, who gets eaten by Lucifer for all eternity. Lovely.). Lastly, I would like to note that the preface, the footnotes, and the endnotes were very helpful in getting a proper understanding for what was going on and putting it in the proper context. Props to whoever put that all together.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    JUST READ IT

    If your looking at this as a possible book to reread, get it. If you've never read The Inferno, BUY THIS COPY. Its the greatest poem in history, arguably the greatest work of art in history. It is epic, beautiful, amazing, and stimulating, intellectualy and emotionally. In ways, it is beyond flawless. Everything about this work: the writing, the story, the characters, the presentation, eben the preface is masterful. Buy it, and never sell it unless you can get another copy cheaper.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

    Excellent

    The writing in Dante¿s Inferno is beautiful, powerful, and effective. It was a little hard to comprehend, but I understood much of it. I thought the book was very excellent and fun to read. I would recommend it to anyone who finds fantasy interesting. The way God/Dante punishes the people in Hell is weird/interesting, but I loved it.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Very intellectual

    Dante takes a journey through the 9 levels of hell with incredible dipictions of the tortures of each level... yeah if you can understand it. This was written in 1300 so obviously the writting is much different. I found it incredibly hard to read and if it hadnt been for the endnotes i would have finished and had no idea what i just read. The idea behind the book is briliant, i loved it, i just couldnt follow along very well. I learned a lot and it was interesting enough, but it is just a tough book to follow along with. If you have lots of time, READ IT, and good luck.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    Great book......

    I really enjoyed this book. It was great I L.O.V.E a book with symbolizism in it. This book is always misrepresented as one thing when its talking about something else. Dante biography is amazing. N his L.O.V.E for Beatrice was incredible. I had decided to do farther research on his life. From start to finish the book his life....both very wonderful. I enjoyed it...it is a MUST READ!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Difficult to get through,but rewarding none the less

    It probably took me a month to trudge through Dante's Inferno. That being said, it was probably one of the best books i have ever read, and I really wish there was a modern text version of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    Inferno is a Must

    The Inferno is an epic poem, rather than a novel. Written in the first person, Dante takes the reader through his version of Hell. As he descends, the sins become increasingly catastrophic. Comical at times, serious at times, but all around a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Only canticle 1

    Don't get this version. There is only a tiny fraction of the poem here. What a rip off!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Good

    Good soo mch fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    great book

    i have the Dantes Inferno video game which is based on this and i really wanted to read this and i thought it was really good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    an excellent book

    i don't particularly like poetry, but this book is incredible. though the first canto is a little boring, it grabs you from the second canto all the way through to the 34th. the book can be a little hard to understand due to the translation by Longfellow into the older English of the time, but if you switch the words around a little bit, it tends to make better sense. this is a very gruesome, gorey, and depictive book of how Hell is. i recommend this for everyone who would like to see into the "9 levels" of Hell as portrayed by Dante.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    There is a reason this book has stood the test of time.

    The Inferno is one of the best books I have read. Once I began reading it, I could not stop. Normally books written in this time period do not hold my interest, but Dante did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    AHHH!!!!!!!!!! SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Made You Look.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    From the fiery pits of the Wrathful, to the bitter, glacial tomb

    From the fiery pits of the Wrathful, to the bitter, glacial tombs of the Traitors, Hell has a torturous domicile to accommodate sinners of all kinds for eternity. Dante Alighieri is considered by many to be one of the most brilliant writers of all time, and is credited with the transformation from Middle Age literature to the masterpieces of the Renaissance. The pinnacle of his writing career was “Dante’s Inferno”, which was published as part of his “Divine Comedy” in 1314. Dante’s brilliant epic poem explored the faults of humankind through the journey across Hell and the shortcomings of the main character. 
    The protagonist of the story is Dante, who is a poet that must pass through the nine circles of Hell in order to achieve salvation. He must cross over the circles of Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Avarice, Wrath, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery/Betrayal, each more detestable than the last. Fortunately, Dante is guided by his perspicacious guide, Virgil, who comes to him as he is being attacked by animals and has lost his way – both literally and figuratively. As he traverses through the underworld, the faults of human civilization are exposed by each of the nine circles.
    To give example of each of these faults, Alighieri includes notable figures from history, literary works, and mythology, such as Alexander the Great and Helen, by placing them in the circle that they supposedly belong. In the novel, Dante frequently converses with these support characters in order to elucidate how to alleviate his sins. Additionally, these conversations provide insight as to the sins that each of these people represent and which human fault they symbolize. Furthermore, it can be argued that the character Dante does not wholly represent the author, but rather mankind itself, while Virgil represents God, as he guides Dante to salvation, which is similar to how God guides people to that same result. 
    These colloquies are pretty common and somewhat predictable (although the content and messages are not), as the poem follows a generally linear plot in which Dante enters the next circle, talks with the damned souls, deals with the challenges of the current situation, and moves on to the next circle. Consequently, the linear plot doesn’t build much suspense and the poem is met with a very anticlimactic end when Dante meets Lucifer. 
    The barren ending was a shortcoming of the book; however, it was still a brilliant work of literature. The clever symbolism in the book, such as when the punishment for avarice is pushing a boulder against another boulder, which is pointless like wealth, is particularly impressive. Additionally, the dark and hopeless atmosphere of the book is held throughout the book, as it never fails to remind the reader that he/she is in Hell. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Better Reading On Nook Than The Book

    It's much faster reading the Inferno on the Nook than the paper book because of the footnote links. But all around a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    This bok is amazing

    Omg good bok who ever wrote this book is a gen gen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    I wrote the comment "excellent read my review"

    Oh too continue on my last review saying its great, mark up the text, add notes etc. I'm 14 so if i can read and decipher it you can...just rememer everything has symbolism usually not many things are literal. Everything idripped alot of details if yiu can decipher taht you can read this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    It was bad

    Not good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Interesting book

    I had to read this as a summer reading assigment. This is a book i would of never have read, but i had to. Goes by really fast and its really interesting. Its.kinda repetitive. Overvall a decent book.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    great translation!

    always wanted to read this book, but was always abit out of my price range. but this made it all simpler affordable and easy to understand with a grea t introductionary

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