Dante’s Inferno by Dante Alighieri – Review (Book)

I thought seeing as I was looking forward to playing the game of Dante’s Inferno (which arrives in February 2010) I maybe ought to check out the literary classic that it’s (loosely) based on.

Being honest I was a little nervous upon seeing the size of the hardback book and the fact it was a poem didn’t inspire confidence either.

But how wrong I was.

Of course the subject matter is dark and twisted (it is a journey through hell after all 😆 ) but it was a very pleasurable read.

The fact it is a poem didn’t hinder my enjoyment and the entire thing weighed in at around 200 pages.

Written in the early 14th Century, Dante’s Inferno tells the story of a man (Dante) who finds himself lost in a wood on Good Friday of 1300 with seemingly no way out. Then a spirit called Virgil comes and explains he can help him but the two of them will have to travel through the nine circles of hell: Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Avarice (hoarding of material possessions), Wrath & Sloth, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treason.

Virgil acts as the man’s guide on behalf of Beatrice – a beautiful goddess who wants an audience with the man.

Beatrice is believed to be Dante’s real life childhood sweet heart, who lived next door to him but died aged only 24 years old. 😦

And so begins their descent through hell, meeting lots of well known historical figures and also some of the people from Dante’s life (presumably those who really annoyed him :smile:)

This really was one of those books that I couldn’t stop reading. Don’t let the fact that this is classic literature put you off, it’s a great read.

Now I’m looking forward to playing through the nine circles of hell in the new year!

Rating: 8/10

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  2. i really love this book i havent read the original version of the poem but everything that tell something about it make me feel excited to read the poem.. can somebody help me get a copy of the book pls email me at maryglaizecarpe21@yahoo.com thanks,, i would really appreciate it..

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