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Traveling through Paradise with Dante


Maybe your time would be better spent, though, reading Dante himself?


But be sure to read the whole “Divine Comedy,” not just the Inferno.


I first read Dante (in John Ciardi’s verse translation) when I was a very young teenager and have loved the Commedia ever since.  My Italian’s not up to much, so I read it in translations — my current favorite being that of Anthony Esolen — though preferably with the Italian original on the facing page.  And I’ve read it quite a few times.


I was reading the Inferno for the first time while I was on a train traveling from Los Angeles to Provo.  I was going to visit my brother and his wife while he was doing his senior year — his only year — at BYU.  There was a distinguished looking black gentleman riding in same train car near me, and he was evidently amused by the weird Dante-reading junior high schooler.  We had a long conversation about the book.


For what it’s worth, I saw Louis Lomax on television a few weeks later, and I’ve always thought, though I’m not sure and can’t prove it, that that’s who my conversation partner was.


If it was Dr. Lomax, he had only a tragically short time left to live.  Nice man.  Fond memory.



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  • Kent G. Budge

    I’ve read “Inferno” several times, in more than one translation, but only part of “Purgatorio” and just the briefest excerpts from “Paradisio.” It seems to be a human weakness to find sin much more interesting than virtue.

    • DanielPeterson

      Look how short 4 Nephi is.

  • brotheroflogan

    I just finished Inferno (Dan Brown’s book). It was really fun. I recommend it. Two drawbacks though: sometimes it read like a travel-log or a history lecture and sometimes it became quite didactic about the evils of overpopulation. But still a fun book and I learned a lot about Dante and Italy.