The Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri


Day two of Dante Fest! Dante continues his quest toward divine love by climbing Mount Purgatory, and taking a nose-dive in plot. I’m sorry if anyone else out there feels differently, but this is just not as interesting as The Inferno. Sure, the concepts of forgiveness and punishment are as clearly thought out in this as in the previous volume, but this felt more like a trudge to get to the end. (Maybe because Dante was going up hill this time? Eh? Eh?).

While I love the beautiful use of language, especially metaphor, it wasn’t enough to improve the score of this book. A good read, but it was not as good as the first one.

Once again, I read the John Ciardi translation, and again I appreciated the notes and summaries included.


AND WHAT ABOUT THE MOVIE? No movie for this one either.


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