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Would you listen to Dante's Divine Comedy again? Why?
Yes I will definitely listen to this again. Its chalk full of information on the symbolism, characters, and political climate that existed in Italy around the time Dante wrote the Commedia. The first listen has given me an over view of the work. I will go back to fill in the details with my own copy of the translation so that I can experience the work as it was meant to be experienced.
What did you like best about this story?
Dante's "Divine Comedy" is a classic that is somewhat inaccessible to many readers today who don't have a degree in Italian history, politics and art. This presentation cuts through all that and allow everyone to access the themes and meanings in the work. The poem is presented line by line with descriptions of every line and character. Its provides an excellent way for a modern reader to enjoy this extraordinary work.
What about Professor Ronald B. Herzman and Professor William R. Cook ’s performance did you like?
The performance is presented in a clear and easy to listen to lecture format. Its broken down into 30 minute sessions which are excellent for the drive into work so its easy to bring Dante along.
26 of 26 people found this review helpful
I was really caught off guard by how enlightening this course was. The authors immediately dispel the common perception of the Comedia as some kind of poetic revenge fantasy and break through to the core of Dante's vision. Introducing the readers to a bit of the necessary history, the course is then able to spring board into Dante's perspective on sin and virtue. One warning, this course necessarily only skims the surface of what is to be found in The Divine Comedy. Nevertheless it is a great first step for anyone seeking to understand the great Florentine poet!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Excellent teaching. Easy on the ear and a wonderful way in to this classic text. Full of interesting explanations and new thoughts for me on Dante
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This lecture series gives you exactly what it says. The tag-team lecturers take a few minutes to get used to, but its unnoticeable once you get going. It helps if you've read at least a synopsis of the poem and have a cursory understanding of Italian history, but they go pretty thoroughly into everything, so you could probably survive without any background read.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I must confess that I had absolutely no background, or even interest in classic readings prior to this audio book. The reason for the purchase was to broaden my reading, as it was limited to say the least. I have since listened to this audio in its entirety about 5 times - This is a first! I would probably say that aside from the text the presentors are the reason why it is so amazing. The two presentors are so well versed in the text and so engaging at the same time, which makes it so fascinating. I particularly like it when they crack little scholar "in house" Dante jokes throughout their lectures. These two are without doubt two of the best lecturers I have heard to date. They bring an understanding that is quite remarkable. In short, I can not recommend this enough - congratulations and thak you.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful