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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Reader's Diary #1846- Dante Alighieri, translated by Henry Francis Cary: The Divine Comedy

Entire courses have been taught on Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy so I will not attempt to even approach such a lengthy intelligent discourse here. 

Instead, I'll simply recount my own feelings reading through a man's journey into hell, purgatory, and heaven. 

I started off quite enjoying it. The imagery was dark and psychedelic, reminding somewhat of the Book of Revelations. I also began to see it as a metaphor for a man weighing his options regarding a difficult decision. 

Unfortunately, it went on for a long time and I began to grow bored. I suppose a course might help draw out some of the scientific themes or historical references and therefore maintain my interest, but as a pleasure-read not so much.

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