Book Review: Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Title: Inferno
Author: Dante Alighieri
Published: 1314 (as a part of "The Divine Comedy")
Language: English
Pages: 208
Rating: 4/5

Dante takes a trip through Hell, with the poet Virgil as his guide. Here they meet all kinds of different characters from history, and learn of what punishment is dealt for different kinds of sins, from the unbaptized to treacherous.

First off, this was a difficult read for me. In some parts, I struggled to understand what was happening, and I didn't know half the people Dante and Virgil met. To understand better, I read the summary of each chapter on Sparknotes, right after I'd read it, so that I knew I was getting what was going on and who everyone was. This really helped, and made it much more enjoyable.

Hell in this story is very thoroughly thought out, and it is quite horrifying the deeper they descend into the depths. It is quite violent and I can understand that people freaked when it was first published. I found it quite fascinating to see the connections between this story and our modern view of what hell is like.

I would recommend this for those who feel like taking on a challenge and have an interest in history.
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