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The Book of Life

Upton Sinclair

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Faith and reason, love and virtue, morality and mortality! In these two short volumes the famous novelist, essayist, and playwright, Upton Sinclair, confided his most prized worldly wisdom for generations to come. His kind and witty personal advice both provokes and enlightens page by page.

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. . . their fellows and exploit them and draw their substance from them without return—that this habit is destructive to all civilization, and is incompatible with any of the higher forms of life, intellectual, moral or artistic. He has come to the conclusion that there is no use attempting to build a structure of social life until there is a sound foundation; in other words, until the capitalist system has been replaced by cooperation. But in his youth he was, or thought he was, a poet, and touched upon that strange and wonderful thing which we call genius. He saw his own consciousness, as it were a leaf driven before a mighty tempest of spiritual energy. And he believes that this experience was no delusion, but was a revelation of the hidden mysteries of being. He still has memories of this startling experience, still hints of it in his consciousness; something still leaps in his memory, like a race-horse, or like the war-horse of Revelations, which "scenteth the battl. . . Read More

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A fantastic representation of Dante's Inferno - Nine Circles of Hell as divined by divine Lego artist, Mahai Marius Mihu. This is as close as I hope to get to understanding the Nine Circles according to Dante Alighieri.

i. LIMBO - A place of monotony, here the souls are punished to wander in rest...more

The other day, in the comment thread to her review of The Aeneid, Meredith called The Divine Comedy "lame": specifically, she objected to the fact that Dante put all the people he didn't like in Hell. Well, Meredith, you're perfectly welcome to your opinions - but I'm half Italian, and I've been...more

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT HOW HELL IS GONNA SUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

Inferno (La Divina Commedia #1) = The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Volume 1: Inferno, Dante Alighieri
The Divine Comedy is a long narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320, a year before his death, in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work in Italian li...more

An excellent translation--even better than John Ciardi. Like Ciardi, Pinsky is a real poet and makes Dante the poet come alive. His verse has muscularity and force, and his decision to use half-rhyme is an excellent one, since it allows us to attend to the narrative undistracted.

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But the stars that marked our starting fall away.
We must go deeper into greater pain,
for it is not permitted that we stay.

|جای مردان سانسور بنشانید درخت تا هوا تازه شود|
سانسور میکنم پس هستم

گفت:شنیدی دوزخ رو سانسور کردن نه! همهش سانسوره دیگه چیزی نمونده ازش این مرور مختصِ سانسوره. دو نکته بگم قبل از اصلِ داستان: اولاً ترجمه ذیل رو از یک سایتِ آموزشِ زبانِ ایتالیایی پیدا کردم زبانشون سرخ و سرشون سبز باد! ثانیاً آباژور...more

One of the great classics that everyone should attempt reading once. For Walking Dead fans, had there been no Dante, there could never have been a Kirkman. There is incredible violence and suffering (it is Hell after all), but the relationship between Virgil and Dante is a beautiful one that evol...more

Dantes Inferno - the first book I was assigned to read in my high school World Literature class. Back then I couldnt get over how much the emotion of fear set the tone as I read each page. I recently revisited this classic. Rather than a more conventional review after all, there really is nothin...more

I just want to start off by saying that "Through me you enter into the City of Woes" would make an EXCELLENT tramp stamp. Jump on it!

Being that I am an atheist living in the "Bible Belt," I was certain that reading this would lead to some sort of goodreads tirade, which can at times feel about as...more

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