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Review of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

The Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you squint real hard and read The Divine Comedy as an allegory for improvement through mastery of virtue where one may substitute rational self-interest for God’s will, then you weren’t paying attention. Still, for a 14th century translated text, there’s an awful lot to enjoy.

I should note that I was often bored; Purgatorio and Paradiso have all of the structured tedium with much less of the eyebrow raising depravity. For mostly that reason, I almost gave Dante’s masterwork a four (as if it matters what I think), but I find my head too full of ideas, images, and lines to consider rating the epic anything less than a five.

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