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This is the first part of the "The Divine Comedy". The poet Virgil is sent by Beatrice to rescue Dante, a soul lost in the gloomy wood of spiritual torment. Dante's journey is the journey of "this our life". The reading is supplemented by Renaissance dance music and Gregorian chant.
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Durante degli Alighieri, simply referred to as Dante (1265–1321), was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called La Comedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.
In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet") or just il Poeta. He, Petrarch and Boccaccio are also known as "the three fountains" or "the three crowns". Dante is also called the "Father of the Italian language".
He entered into Florentine politics in 1295, but he and his party were forced into exile in a hostile political climate in 1301. Taking asylum in Ravenna late in life, Dante completed his Divine Commedia, considered one of the most important works of Western literature, before his death in 1321.
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 and died in 1321.
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Be ready to be moved... Feb 12, 2009
This story is a very moving, very disturbing story. But worth hearing (or reading). The audio version is nice since you don't have to struggle with the names, etc. This rendition is good.
Needs better voume leveling Sep 26, 2008
There are many positives to this product; good transitions between cantos, clear articulation, and excellent liner notes. For me though, there is one huge negative that out-weighs them. When the reader takes the role of the cast of tormented souls, he yells. The difference in volume between the narrator and these characters is so great that I have to keep adjusting the volume. And being damned creatures, the yelling is very harsh and guttural. Constant volume adjustments while driving is not enjoyable.
I have stopped listening and am looking for another version to continue.
Wonderful! May 13, 2008
I had trouble with some of Dantes english translations of the book when I was reading them. And some parts were hard to understand. But this audio book is the absolute best I have heard. I can easily understand and the special effects of the people in hell talking and the demons are wonderful. At the begining of each canto there is a musical theme that sets the person in the mood before the canto starts. Heathcote Williams voice is a delight to hear because it is so articulate and scholastic. Wonderful audio book of The Divine Comedy who want to bring the book alive and suspensful. At times I was very emotionally effected by the certain sinners in hell and how they suffered. I myself am a Catholic(which Dante was a devout Catholic), and I could see where some people would disagree with parts of the book (In the Inferno if you are not baptized you have no chance to goto heaven according to Dante, but the unbaptized don't suffer the way worse sinners would). But it the same time it shows the importance of Baptism, which some Christians today seem to ignore and just take as a "symbol". Either way for christians and non-christians alike this audio book is wonderful.