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The Inferno (Signet Classics) Mass Market Paperback – October 6, 2009
"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
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“It is Mr. Ciardi’s great merit to be one of the first American translators to have…reproduced [The Inferno] successfully in English. A text with the clarity and sobriety of a first-rate prose translation which at the same time suggests in powerful and unmistakable ways the run and rhythm of the great original…A spectacular achievement.”—Archibald MacLeish
“Fresh and sharp…I think [Ciardi’s] version of Dante will be in many respects the best we have seen.”—John Crowe Ransom
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For the serious student of Dante, this e-reader edition perhaps sets the standard for its ready access to the Italian and to the commentary. The default mode for each canto is the english text with links to the left for the corresponding original Italian. To the right are links to Hollander's analyses, line by line. Click on the link and the relevant Italian or annotation appears. Having read and studied the poem both with the Hollanders' hard-copy edition, the electronic version is far more user-friendly than scrambling back and forth through twenty or more pages to find an annotation and then return to the text, only to find another annotation in the next line or tercet.
It might be of interest to also view the youtube videos of two Robert Hollander lectures at the University of Dallas. He is complete FULL of Dante. His enthusiasm and humor are infectious while transmitting a scholarly approach. Hollander says that Dante only offends two groups of people, non-believers and believers! This highlights one important aspect of this great poet, Dante's statement that Commedia is theological, not poetic allegory. This means that the narrative is claimed by Dante as to be literally true.
This e-book is a gem and a bargain.
SO, MUCH LATER IN LIFE, WITH THE FULL REALIZATION THAT THIS IS DANTE'S OWN PERSONAL INFERNO (HELL), I HAD JUST FINISHED A REGULAR NOVEL THAT MADE MANY REFERENCES TO THE INFERNO AND I DECIDED THAT IT WAS TIME THAT I GET SERIOUS AND GO ON AND READ THIS, I MEAN, I AM A GOOD LITTLE CHRISTIAN GIRL; HOW BAD COULD THIS INFERNO BE? I TRY TO DO AS THE BIBLE SAYS, SO I HAVE NO REASON TO BE AFRAID OF HELL, ESPECIALLY A HELL AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THIS FELLOW DANTE.
WELL, THINK AGAIN, MY DEAR, I MENTALLY RELATED TO MYSELF. THE VIVID LAYERS OF HELL DESCRIBE IN THIS BOOK LEAVE ME TREMBLING, BECAUSE IT QUICKLY BECOMES APPARENT THAT THE WOES FOUND THEREIN COULD EASILY, EVER TOO EASILY, BE UNIVERSAL IN NATURE.
THIS IS WRITTEN IN CANTOS OR SONGS, SO IT WOULD BE EASIER FOR THE COMMON MAN TO MEMORIZE THE TEXT, THUS HAVING IT AT HIS HEART TIPS WHEN IN DANGER, TRYING TO GAIN UNDERSTANING, OR IN GAINING A GLIMPSE OF PEACE THAT OUR LORD HAD OFFERED US.
IN CANTO ONE, DANTE IS LOST IN A DARK WOOD WHERE HE IS FOUND BY VIRGIL WHO PROMISES TO TAKE HIM ON OTHERWORDLY ADVENTURES.. CANTO TWO: DANTE SEEKS TO BE ASSURED THAT HE IS STRONG ENOUGH TO PASS INTO THE WORLD OF THE DEAD, WHILE YET A LIVING SOUL. BEATRICE, A BLESSED WOMAN OF HEAVEN COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO GIVE HER ASSURANCE. DURING THIS CANTO, DANTE GLIMPSES LIMBO, BUT DOES NOT YET VISIT IT. CANTO III: VIRGIL AND DANTE ENTER THE GATES OF HELL ON WHOSE ARCHWAY IS INSCRIBED"ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE." DANTE WAS AFRAID THISTATEMENT ALSO REFERRED TO HIM, BUT VIRGIL TOLD HIM TO PUT HIS FEARS ASIDE AS HE WAS STILL A LIVING BEING CREATED BY GOD WHO RETAINED HIS INTELLECT, WHILE THOSE ALREADY ABIDING IN HELL, WHILE STILL A PART OF GOD'S CREATION, HAD GIVEN UP THE ABILITY TO THINK AND REASON; THUS, TO CHOSE FOR GOD, SO WITH NO RECOURSE, THEY WERE TRULY LOST. PRIOR TO ENTERING THE GATES OF HELL IS AN ENTRY WAY WHERE FOREVER SHALL RESIDE THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO WERE NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD; THAT IS, THOSE WHO COULD NOT/WOULD NOT CHOSE FOR OUR LORD, OR FOR THE EVIL ONE. ALSO, HERE RESIDE THE ANGELS WHO DID NEITHER REBEL WITH SATAN; NOR, DID THEY CHOSE TO GO WITH GOD. INSTEAD THEY CHOSE TO GO THEIR OWN WAY...A WAY THAT SUITED THEM.....
AND IF WE WILL NOTE IN OUR WORLD TODAY, THAT IS OUR GREATEST AND MOST FEARED SCOURGE: THOSE WHO WILL GO THE WAY WHICH TO THEY, THEMSELVES, SEEM THE RIGHT WAY. THEY WILL NOT REPENT AND TURN BACK TO GOD FOR THE INSTANT FORGIVENESS OF SIN WHICH HE OFFERS. AND YET AGAIN, THEY WILL NOT CHOSE THE WAY OF THE DEVIL. IT IS THIS OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO RAN TO CHURCH FOR A WEEK OR TWO AFTER 9-11, BUT THEN FADED BACK TO THEIR OWN PATH WHICH SEEMED TO THEM THE BEST WAY. THESE PEOPLE REFUSE TO REPENT AND THOUGH WE PURPORT TO BE A CHRISTIAN NATION, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH OF US WHO DO PRAY AND SEEK GOD'S WISDOM TO P.REVENT THE CONTINUING PUNISHMENTS UPON OUR REBELLIOUS NATIONTHE SECOND PUNISHMENT CAME WHEN THE STOCK MARKET FELL, AND AS IN ANCIENT TIMES, AS CALLED FOR BY GOD, ALL MONEY, ALL GAIN, AND ALL LOSES WERE WIPED OUT WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO BUY OUT, OR STAND BEHIND, THOSE STOCK TRADING COMPANIES WHICH WERE SO DEEPLY IN DEBT THAT THEY COULD NO LONGER FIND FUNDS TO BAIL THEMSELVES OUT. NO LONGER WERE THEY STRONG ENOUGH TO REBEL AGAINST GOD AND SAY "WE SHALL TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN PROBLEMS; THEREFORE, WE DO NOT NEED YOU GOD" INSTEAD NEITHER THE GOOD NOR THE BAD WAY WAS CHOSEN BY THEM. OUR GOVERNMENT, STILL IN REBELLION DID NOT TURN TO GOD EITHER, BUT SAID "WE, THE GOVERNING POWER BEHIND THESE PEOPLE, WILL CHOSE FOR THEM." AS YOU MIGHT GUESS, GIVEN THE DOWNWARD HURTLING EVENTS OF THE TIME AND THE REFUSAL TO SEEK GOD'S WISDOM, THEY CHOSE POORLY.
WITHOUT REPENTENCE, THERE IS ONLY A YEAR REMAINING UNTIL ANOTHER JUDGEMENT FROM GOD WILL FALL UPON THE UNITED STATES. AS THE BIBLE STATES, AND AS WE CAN SEE FROM DANTE'S INSIGHTS INTO HELL: "THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN!"
VIRGIL AND DANTE REACH ACHERON, THE SHORESOF HELL, WHEN IN A BOAT ROWED BY CHARON, THE TWO WILL CROSS OVER TO THE WORLD OF THE DEAD......
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