jessica glass, May 11, 2008 (view all comments by jessica glass)
This is a hip, modern, easy-to-read translation. It’s as easy to understand as the “No Fear Shakespeare” translations. In other words you’ll understand this translation without having to refer to any notes or study guides. It’s as clear as a bell, as easy to read as Hemingway or, for that matter, your morning newspaper. Plus it adds some funny contemporary references to make up for all those old-fashioned outdated references Dante slipped into his poem. I’m a Dante aficionado and have read almost every translation and also the original Italian, and, in my opinion, this is the best English translation. Not that I don’t love the John Ciardi translation (I do; it’s terrific.), but this baby tops them all for clarity and concision. This is a hot (pun intended) translation! A winner on all counts. You won’t be disappointed.
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guydick, May 10, 2007 (view all comments by guydick)
I have not read this book but I am very interested in reading it. I loved the translated version of the Divine Comedy and have become rather obsessed with the story. I have been working on writing my own version of this story.
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by Publishers Weekly,
"[Birk and Sanders's] sophisticated Valley-speak ('the ghosts approached us, all totally deadpan, with zero emotion') may not be for everyone, but it is in synch with Dante's vernacular masterpiece."
by Library Journal,
"[Birk and Sanders] offer a modern twist on Dante's poem by updating the illustrations and settings to the current slices of hell we experience everyday....Perhaps a bit way out for some but pretty cool nonetheless."
This modern adaptation is for fans of the traditional translations and a new generation alike.
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