Paradise Lost (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Paradise Lost (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

by John Milton, David Hawkes
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Paradise Lost (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by John Milton

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411432871
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 58,096
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

As a young student, John Milton (1608-1674) dreamed of bringing the poetic elocution of Homer and Virgil to the English language. Milton realized this dream with his graceful, sonorous Paradise Lost, now considered the most influential epic poem in English literature. In sublime poetry of extraordinary beauty, Paradise Lost has inspired generations of artists and their works, ranging from the Romantic poets to the books of J. R. R. Tolkien.

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Paradise Lost Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Lockhart7 More than 1 year ago
It's an utter classic, and I'm so glad it's offered as a reasonably-priced Barnes & Noble Classic. The story, drawn directly from the Christian bible, is obviously not original, but Milton turns it into an unbelievably beautiful drama with astonishing characters, and a writing style to match. No matter your religious or spiritual beliefs, this is a story of powerful emotion--for all characters, including Satan--and offers multiple perspectives on the same argument. It's all about cause and effect. The book is challenging yet satisfying. If you have the patience, it's worth the experience.
isaacman101 More than 1 year ago
This book is simply astounding. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys classics. The only detracting factor from the book is the English. It can be a bit of a struggle to read for some, but if you can push through it, the rewards are far worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a view of creation and salvation. This is a very difficult book to read but well worth it. It really takes two readings to get the most out of this book because it requires the reader to work through several chapters before becoming accustomed to the style of writing. However, the insight into God, Jesus, Angels, Satan and Mankind is very powerful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is not my intention to review Paradise Lost - which needs no further approval from me - but rather the recent hardcover classic edition published by Barnes & Noble. As a collector of Milton editions, I could not be more impressed by the quality of the book itself. A sturdy cloth spine which superbly binds the text. The simple, yet beautiful stamped boards. Deckled edges. A clear text with a classical, yet eye-pleasing font. Useful notes and a helpful introduction. This edition is now one of my texts of choice when I settle down and return (as I often do) to Paradise Lost. Congratulations, Barnes & Noble, on a well-crafted edition. I should say, also, that I am not an employee of B&N -- but actually work at a rival chain.
rpina More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. I liked it so much I placed a special order to get a Spanish print to give it to my mother as a gift. She also loved it and read the entire book in less than two weeks. This book was recommended to me by a few of my professors... I love it!
butterflybabe23 More than 1 year ago
At first, Milton's writing style is very hard to read and to understand, but once you've entered his world you'll never want to leave. It is an amazing story that really makes you question and think about creation and salvation. The characters are so dynamic, even so you'll find yourself feeling sympathetic and care for Satan. I strongly recommend this book. It is INCREDIBLE!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful classic that will never loose its integrity. Should be read by all of mankind for it hold great examples of life in which you should follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very intense book, although it did take time for me to completely understand it. After it all soaked in, it was indeed well worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A simply amazing book, whether your a power christian or a satanist you'll love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't event put what I feel about this book into words. It's just so remarkable. Everyone who reads this book loves it. This book is by far the greatest book I've ever read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Similar to Shakespeare’s writing style, it is Milton’s choice of words that makes Paradise Lost a beautiful piece of literature. If you are familiar with the bible stories and scripture , particularly the story of the Adam and Eve, you will very much enjoy reading Paradise Lost. Compared to the story written in the Book of Genesis, Milton’s version lets you visualize this story even better. Although, he did not change the storyline he did however add beautiful smiles and puns that emerge all your five sense while reading his long epic poem. If you are not familiar with Bible scripture and Greek mythology, you will be a little confused with Milton’s writing. He emphasizes and compares a lot in his writing. The best part of Milton’s long epic story is the addition to Satan’s Betrayal to God. By doing so it explains not only who and how Satan came about but also his point of view, his thoughts, his feelings, and why he tricked Adam and Eve in the first place. Milton even explains the type of relationship Adam and Eve had, even their different personalities, in which the Bible text does not include. By adding these extra details it helps to understand the creation of man even more.
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