John Milton's Paradise Lost In Plain English and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $11.99
  • Save: $0.84 (7%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

John Milton's Paradise Lost In Plain English: A Simple, Line By Line Paraphrase Of The Complicated Masterpiece Paperback – March 10, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0963962157 ISBN-10: 0963962159

Buy New
Price: $11.15
25 New from $9.42 16 Used from $7.35
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$11.15
$9.42 $7.35
Best%20Books%20of%202014

Frequently Bought Together

John Milton's Paradise Lost In Plain English: A Simple, Line By Line Paraphrase Of The Complicated Masterpiece + CliffsNotes on Milton's Paradise Lost (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides)
Price for both: $20.07

Buy the selected items together
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle Edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Hero Quick Promo
Year-End Kindle Daily Deals
Load your library with great books for $2.99 or less each, today only. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New Arts Library (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963962159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963962157
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

It was quite helpful in understanding the original version.
prazebe
They seem to be assuming that people are JUST going to read the "plain English" portion.
Rick Brenner
I read the prose on the left and after read the summary translation on the right.
Somang Im

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rick Brenner on October 8, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I do not agree with the one star reviews, although I understand their point. Dumbing down great poetry is a slippery slope, but I think it has it's place. They seem to be assuming that people are JUST going to read the "plain English" portion. No. The point is to read the real thing on the left and if you have trouble comprehending a particular section, you can read the right hand "plain English" side and then go back, read the real thing and learn how to read Milton's language. Very useful.

BUT I don't know what Lanzara was up to with his "reader's digest" version. That knocks this work down at least a peg or two. Far too many of the "plain English" verses are missing key information. He not only translated it from the old language to modern "plain English", but also left out a lot of the poem; imagery and information for some reason (laziness?). I wanted a simplified version to help with difficult passages, not a "reader's digest" version.

Just for a few examples, see passages 44, 60, and 73 in Book One. With 60 he turns ten lines into one! That's not translation, that's butchery.

But I'll still give it three stars because it still helps with the difficult passages, just not nearly as good as it could be if he took a little extra time to not eliminate so much of the poem.

UPDATE: I reconsidered; lowered to 2 stars. This is just plain laziness. Lines 550-559 in Book One. If the reason this got the "dumdown" award is because it's pathetically dumb, then I can get behind that.
Recommendation to the author: check out the "No Fear Shakespeare" series. That is exactly what is needed for Paradise Lost. A plain English version that isn't chopped to pieces and destroyed.

Check out page one of Book III (Chapter 3). It's a laugh riot!
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G.C.B. on September 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Translations in this volume are oversimplified and do not follow the original verse with sufficient rigour. I purchased this e-book hoping it would help illuminate some of the syntactically more challenging or serpentine passages. Unfortunately, it gives only blunt approximations of the text's meaning, boiling down lines and lines of imagery and detail to banal summary that I can only surmise most university readers could have guessed at on their own. As one of the previous reviewers mentioned, this volume ultimately does little in the way of actual translation. It bears a greater resemblance to a digest or a drawn-out synopsis. Did I mention it frequently mangles the tone of the poem with jarring uses of colloquial idioms? For example, it renders lines 539-46 in book 2 as: "Others let off steam by tearing up the rocks and hills."

Based on these remarks, my recommendation must be to avoid this work. Opt rather for /Paradise Lost in Plain and Simple English/ (Cap Books), which, while not perfect - indeed it gets several of the more difficult passages wrong - is at least an assistance to readers trying to make sense of Milton's difficult syntax and language. Buy Joseph Lanzara's version only if you want a quick, easy-to-read, condensed version of the plot of /Paradise Lost/ and are not interested in pursuing literary studies at a moderate or advanced reading level.

Lanzara's version, I suppose, might be good enough for undergraduate students who are too much pressed for time to actually read the poem and who find the recommended translation by Cap Books still too lengthy for them to get through.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on March 30, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You'll finally understand this old poem. Sure, it may not encompess EVERYTHING the original poem has to offer, but you can get the basic jist of it. And if you need to delve deeper, it comes with the original as well.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Somang Im on December 8, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed reading this book. I must say the English literal translation is not really that good though. It's just a summary of each verse but it DOES help in reinforcing if you read the prose.
I read the prose on the left and after read the summary translation on the right. It was very very beneficial. Milton's paradise lost is just a great. And surely only Smart people can read this book or anyone willing to read it.
If you decide to read just the summary on the right it will be good but you will miss on all the details and the juicy meat. So i advise to read both sides.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Caleb Sannoh on September 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Read Paradise Lost in college years ago. It was hard to understand but did manage to get the general sense of what was taking place. Always wondered why no one undertook the task of writing the greatist epic story ever told in simple English. Now there is one. I hope they make the movie too. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlene on August 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great Book! This is good for kids in school because it is written in very easy to understand,simple language :)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prazebe on August 24, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my son's summer reading to go along with the Old English version. It was quite helpful in understanding the original version.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well, I suppose I should be ashamed that I actually need this book to follow the story, but Milton's English is simply so highly ornamented that it becomes hard to follow. This book has been a trusty friend for me, and I find I can actually enjoys Milton's flights of language when I'm not trying so hard to tease the meaning out of them.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?