Monthly Archives: August 2010

Starting our Book Club Blog

We have spent the summer reading the Inferno and Purgatorio of Dante’s The Divine Comedy.  As you can see on our “Current Book” page, we are in the midst of the Paradiso.  It has been interesting to see through the eyes of a man from the 14th century, particularly his classification of vices and virtues.  His familiarity with the constellations and knowledge of mythology and ancient history seem vast (thus the need for the notes).  We’ve been amused by all the people from Tuscany, many of whom he seems to know, who turn up in Hell and in Purgatory, seemingly way out of proportion to Earth’s population.  And we’ve enjoyed his vivid language and swift pace.