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Graywacke
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Pickpick

The best of the (now 4) Dante overviews I‘ve read. The Divine Comedy plot line is packed and overviews can be overwhelming. Writing on themes, shaw manages to cover a ton while keeping her essays paced and interesting. It works. Recommended for anyone looking for an intro.

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Graywacke
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in Kuala Lumpur again. (Waving across town to @batsy 👋) During my 30 hours of travel I got 11+ hours of reading in, most of it spent here with this book. Now, just need about 30 hour of sleep.

Cathythoughts Oh I‘ve been in Kuala Lumpur airport a few times when my daughter was in Sydney... I didn‘t know @batsy then though. I hope you get some sleep 😁😴 (edited) 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Well hello 👋! I‘m here too! Hope you‘ll get a good rest. 💤 3mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts Sydney sounds nice. I hope I get sleep too, but probably I‘ll spend the night lying in bed wide awake. 😐 3mo
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Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm didn‘t know you were here. Thanks (but see previous comment). Hi 👋 from KLCC. 3mo
batsy Hello! 👋🏽🙂 Another fab pic. I hope you manage to get some sleep and rest. 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts To think you've passed through at our airport! So cool 😁 3mo
Tanisha_A That's a lot of time on the plane. Hope you get some rest. 3mo
Graywacke @batsy thanks. Four hours last night of real sleep. That‘s a success. !! 3mo
Graywacke @Tanisha_A thanks. Do it again in about 24 hours. But with a different book... or books. 3mo
Suet624 Why so much flying? It must be exhausting! 2mo
Graywacke @Suet624 trying to be a good employee, I guess. We had a mission... (ok, I‘m about to fly far away again, but this time with family on vacation. Better!) 2mo
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Graywacke
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Thanks libraries. Started this one and it‘s really nice early on. (And the cover goes well with German Shepard coats and dainty paws)

batsy Aww 🐶 3mo
Graywacke @batsy 🙂 she‘s a good 🐕 3mo
Suet624 What a regal looking pup. 2mo
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vumblereads
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Look what I got in the mail today! 📦🖤

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Palimpsest
Dante: The Divine Comedy | Robin Kirkpatrick
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1. Reading tagged, Marcus Aurelius Meditations and The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
2. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse, but before that was the BBC version on Pride & Prejudice.
3. Tea. If I‘m feeling fancy then a soy chai latte
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Graywacke How are the Meditations? 11mo
Palimpsest @Graywacke I finished it the other day. I loved the book. I recommend it. He wrote to remind himself to stay in the present, he knew he couldn‘t live in the past or the future. He wrote that whatever anybody does against you they are accountable and you shouldn‘t bother yourself with it. Also things that happen in life leave impressions but our interpretation of it is what makes it appear good or bad. I read the intro in my copy, glad I did. 11mo
Graywacke Thanks for that. I looked at it once, a library copy I picked up, and got intimidated. But I might try again some time. 11mo
Palimpsest @Graywacke I got the translation with intro by Gregory Hays. The intro is long but a nice intro for stoicism. The Meditations themselves are divided into twelve books which where again divided by numbered sections. Felt very much like reading daily affirmations or advice for living. One of my favs was “think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what‘s left and live it probably.” Id definitely encourage you to give it another go! 11mo
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vivastory
Purgatorio | Dante Alighieri
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It is impossible to overstate the importance of a good translation in literature, especially poetry. This is no less true for epics, which tend to be more narrative driven. It is unfortunate that Purgatorio has been overshadowed by Inferno. WS Merwin's version contains heart stopping lines of lyrical elegance & emotional profundity, on par with the riches that Inferno provides. There is, sadly, no masterpiece translation of Paradiso. 👇

vivastory I'm still #waiting for a great version. In the meantime I have Robert Pinsky's translation of Inferno & the Merwin to reread. #MusicalNewYear @Cinfhen 13mo
the-flashley I have a really beautifully bound version of the Divine Comedy. Now I want to go find out who the translator is! 13mo
vivastory @the-flashley Let me know if you check. I've read 4 different versions of Inferno. 13mo
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saresmoore Well, gee, I suppose you‘ve convinced me! 13mo
vivastory @saresmoore It is brilliant. I love Merwin's poetry & his translations are fantastic. 13mo
the-flashley I just found my book and looked at who the translator is! Have you read the translation by John Ciardi? 13mo
vivastory @the-flashley Yes. That was the first one I read. I remember it was good & the notes were helpful. 13mo
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BrenaJo

Been enjoying this gem, deep dive into Dante‘s Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise

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Lalaomi
Dante's Paradise | Dante Alighieri
Pickpick

Dante‘s finally in heaven, third and final book of The “Divine Comedy” saga. Really good out of the Saga I believe this is my favorite. Must read definitely

CometReadings Inferno and Paradise are definitely my faves. But it's a long time since the last time I read both. 14mo
Lalaomi @Comet_Readings yes! Paradise is my favorite but you need to love the first! I started reading it because I loved the idea or just go to the end of the world (or hell) for the person you love, with no really good plan just because you‘ll do anything for the person you love. I think this is a classic everyone should read. 14mo
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Lalaomi
Pickpick

A really good book to read. I read it about 3 years ago, love it! Fantasy Christianity all together. This is the following book (sequel if you must) of inferno, right after Dante leave Inferno he makes a stop to the purgatory.

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tournevis
Curiosity | Alberto Manguel
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It took forever to finish this, on account of my brain not braining for nearly a year. I had bailed on it, but I got to the last third finally.

For me, this is a pick, BUT YMMV.

This is an academic book. It's great but so *dry*, and if you have not read Dante's Divine Comedy, this book will make no sense to you, because it's a collection of reflections on its three books.