User Profile

CrustaceousCrab

CrustaceousCrab@bookwyrm.social

Joined 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Fantasy, sci-fi and non-fiction enthusiast. Commute is my reading time

This link opens in a pop-up window

The Divine Comedy (Barnes & Noble Omnibus Leatherbound Classics) (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) 3 stars

Review of 'The Divine Comedy (Barnes & Noble Omnibus Leatherbound Classics) (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection)' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

The Divine Comedy was a very interesting read. It's the kind of story you see return in some form in movies, books, games or music, particularly Dante's Inferno. I was mostly interested in reading it because I wanted to see what The Divine Comedy is all about and why it was so influential. However, Longfellow's translation was definitely the wrong choice for me. It felt like a very literal translation of each canto and it just didn't work for me. I can see the worth in having a literal translation of each Canto, a kind of "preservation across languages", but I feel like it just loses the spirit of the text for a lack of a better word. I wish I would have read a more poetic translation than a literal one.

I also would have liked an explanation at the end of each canto, which I know certain editions …