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« on: June 17, 2014, 01:27:03 PM »


Somehow, the book titled "Devil's Laire" ended up on my iPhone Kindle.  It is loosely based upon Dante's Inferno.

These 4 people manage to find the entrance to Hell and travel through all the various 'levels' in order to reach the very bottom and save the Holy Grail from the Devil.

I have never read the Inferno, only leafed through the pages and the images alone gave me the creeps.

Having read much of the same imagery represented in the Inferno, via this book, which does openly state that the characters are following Dante's route through Hell....it left me really uncomfortable.  Those poor souls stuck in all manner of torture and pain.....the utter hopelessness...... 

I almost wish I hadn't read it.  The imagery lingers.....

What are your thoughts on Dante's Inferno?
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2014, 01:48:14 PM »

It was O.K.  The imagery didn't really get to me, since the version I read was arranged poetically and ended up sounding like Yoda-speak.  I liked Dante and Virgil's moments, though.  They were kind of funny together.  Virgil was a strange character.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 03:28:31 PM »

The Inferno is certainly a masterpiece and it is supposed to make us feel sad and very uncomfortable. But do yourself a favor: read Canto XXXIII - when Dante and Virgil meet Count Ugolino. It is difficult to read, but it is very powerful. I have never read this Canto without tears.

Oftentimes, people only read the Inferno. If you read Purgatory and Heaven, it will be a much more rewarding experience - the Inferno will make much more sense. The very last Canto of Heaven is divine (pardon the pun).

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2014, 03:35:34 PM »

I have read the first two parts. Still haven't read the Paradiso.
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2014, 05:26:00 PM »

The Divine Comedy is a masterpiece of literature.  It is a shame that only part 1, The Inferno, is really studied and taught, and though the other two parts are not as popular nor on par poetically with the first, the whole thing should be appreciated and read in toto. It's even better in the original Italian!
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