Reader reviews for Inferno: Star Wars (Legacy of the Force)

The four and 1/2 stars is for the translation, not the work itself which is a five star world masterpiece. Although Dante can drag here and there in his philosophical asides, no other artist has attempted to do what Dante has done in this work: take an almost universally held belief-in this case the afterlife, and more specifically here, hell, and completely realize it. In fact, his hell was so convincing that for many people it STILL is what they believe hell to be. Ciardi's translation is a good one and one that is used in schools; however, it does not keep the terza rima rhyme scheme, and its explanations and notes are not the best. I personally think Dorothy Sayer's translation is better.
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More a commentary on 14th century Italy than anything else, "The Divine Comedy" details three spheres of the afterlife, and the first volume of Dante's "Divine Comedy" is the decent into the Inferno. In understanding the works of Dante one must understand the man himself. A devout Catholic, he wrote the work as a commentary on the political, economic and social happenings of his city. He strongly believed that his own city was on its own decent into darkness. The Inferno gave Dante a chance to punish his enemies, etc, for eternity in one of the most graphic depictions of Hell. Composed of 34 Cantos, the Inferno takes us through the nine rings of Hell. Dante, along with his idol and guide Virgil, make the decent into Hell ring by ring. From the lustful, the wrathful, the violent, to the betrayers, the reader is given a detailed look at the idea of "punishment fitting the crime". Indeed the genius of Dante is not just in the poetry or the detail in the description, but his construction of the entire idea itself; his anti-trinity found in the devil and among others the parabola nature of his travel through hell. It is an important work in understanding the history of Hell's development, but to learn about Dante's world, his views, and his biases. This particular edition allows the reader to view not only the English translation but the original Italian. Robert Durling also provides extensive notes on each Canto which can illuminate the reader on the deeper meaning and hidden contexts in the work. All in all it is one of the classics of literature and will continue to be a captivating work about man's greatest question. What happens to us when we die?
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Dante's journey through Hell ranks in my top 5 favorite books. I especially like this translation, as it keeps the language modern enough to be readable, but is still beautiful. Also, there are plenty of foot and end notes to explain middle age-phrases and historical references many people may not be familiar with.
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I must admit I read this because of a class however I really enjoyed itThis is not a light reading it is dry and slow at times but I felt it was very interesting when you read it and connect it to other global ideas such as politics and religion
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Poetry like this touches your soul Dante was a lot like Mozart a daring rebel and a genius
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The best description of Hell ever.
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Without understanding who all these people are and why Dante wanted to see them suffer, this books is a very painful, difficult read. It really requires a companion book to make sense of the scenes.
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It's interesting but I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. The morality seems rather heavy-handed, maybe I'm not digging deep enough into it.
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I read this when I was 13 or 14, and I really didn't like it. The only reason I got to finish this was because the required us to read it and pass a book report. The reason for my disapproval for this book is partly because I do not believe in Hell (yes I believe in Heaven but in Hell, hell no!). The second reason is because I'm not the least attracted to Dante's writing style.
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i had trouble with this one. i did not know who many of people Dante wrote about seeing on his journey, and if it were not for the notes in the back i would not have understood much at all. if you really want to experience this book as it was meant be, be prepared to do some research.
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