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Where does How Dante Can Save Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This book is read by someone who sounds very similar to the author and that makes is so easy to assimilate. The account is very compelling.
What was one of the most memorable moments of How Dante Can Save Your Life?
The author explains the moment his life course changed forever: At 14 he had tried so hard to please his parent, but his parent was blind to the sensitive nature of the son. Without foreseeing the damage, an epithet is used that was considered innocuous but because of the grief of the moment and the stress of trying so hard to be pleasing, it was a sharp barb that stuck deeper than all could have predicted.
Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?
This is a memoir so there aren't "characters", other than that of Dante and his book as its being used to change the life of the author. So my favorite is the author. His story is compelling and I recognize the struggles he had growing up in the South because I am from the South.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It did make me cry and empathize. If anyone has every been misunderstood by their parents or picked on because they don't fit in with their surroundings, they will love this book. Or if you just enjoy observing human nature and the power of transformation in a person's life.
Any additional comments?
The book is so well written, so well constructed. You will get an education on Dante, his grand poe, and an experience on human nature and the power of transformation. It is not hard to follow, but sometimes you will want to stop what you are doing to write down what you just heard, it is so well said, so poignant, so wise and touching. I loved this book, and I loved specifically listening to it.
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I suppose I should have expected a religious conversion considering the title, and I did bear witness to the author’s personal transformation. But i was not inspired to experience my own. Reading this, I felt as if I was in the presence of someone sobbing at my Father’s funeral; it was a curiosity but didn’t help me work through my own grief.
I struggled with his harsh judgment of others, especially his parents. Being a grandparent, I see his criticisms in a different light. Parents do the best they can and of course we all fall short. I would hope my own children cut me a bit of slack and take responsibility for their issues. I struggle to sort out my choices and the impact of my nuclear family; I a person in my own right.
I sped the book to 1.25 halfway through, just wanting to be done with it. I was tired of listening to the reader’s whining voice. Seriously! Grow up.
I would have liked more of the poem. I read this to introduce myself to “The Divine Comedy” from a fleshed out perspective. I did not expect the story to be about trading one black and white vision of the world for another. I am sorry if this sounds unfair. I am moving on to C.S. Lewis’s Novel, “Til We Have Faces”.
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