DANTE IN LOVE
"Despite the occasional awkward metaphor—e.g., Dante's "reworking of his own story is pregnant with dogs in the night-time who do not bark"—Wilson writes with crisp, conversational fluency. He's a fine tour guide, never failing to throw light on this dark wood."
"In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost." So begins Dante's Divine Comedy; for many modern readers, this trip through the afterlife never gets any straighter. Biographer, novelist and critic Wilson (Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II, 2008, etc.) aims to change this with his new book, intended as both an inducement and introduction to the greatest of all epic poems. Read full book review >