Belonging in the company of the works of Homer and Virgil, The Inferno is a moving human drama, a journey through the torment of Hell, an expression of the Middle Ages, and a protest against the ways in which men have thwarted the divine plan.
Very Difficult to Know How to Review this Classic
I first downloaded a free Inferno without knowing who translated it. It turnout that the translation had been done by H. W. Longfellow, and was very difficult to enjoy. I remembered reading the Chiardi translation in college so I bought this version. Indeed, Chiardi's translation is wonderful and the Inferno a fabulous and influential work. I like Chiardi,s introductions to each Canto & his footnotes following each Canto as well. The typographical errors are ludicrous, however. Some words make no sense and very frequently words ending in "l" end with a capital "L" for some unknown reason. For instance, "HelL." Other randomly selected howlers--yourg for your, one becomes onel, she becomes obe, wanton becomes warton, and fire becomes firel. Then there is "divine paternity of Chritt.". No exaggeration, there are hundreds of these errors. These translations need to be plain as to who the translator is before one is able to choose a book and the terrible typos tarnish a wonderful thing.
This book is great! I'm not surprised since it is written by the GREAT poet Dante. Buy it, it's totally worth it!!!:)
Nothing against Dante but...
The story and book itself is great, but is poorly edited. I don't think the editors have heard of spell check.
If I'm going to spend the money, especially for this particular book, I need to know who translated it. All versions of this are not created equal and I think John Ciardi, by far is the best.
Allowing only the introduction to be read in the sample is not going to entice anyone to purchase this book, given that the preface has next to nothing to do with the main story.
Want see examples of illustrations. All we get is the preface
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