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Summary

In this new edition Musa views Dante's intention as one of cruel and comic commentary on the shallowness and self-pity of his protagonist, who only occasionally glimpses the true nature of love.

"...the explication de texte which accompanies [Musa's] translation is instructively novel, always admirable..." his present work offers English listeners a lengthy appraisal which should figure in future scholarly discussions." (Choice)

©1973 Indiana University Press (P)2013 Redwood Audiobooks

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What a love poem!!

What made the experience of listening to Dante's Vita Nuova the most enjoyable?

Dante's verse is, as always, a joy to listen to. While it may be inaccessible in many cases, on the face of it alone, to have such passion with which to dedicate such a volume of work to one person is quite a thing in itself. So the shear magnitude of the writing process, the significance of what Dante went through to write this book, made it a compelling book.

What did you like best about this story?

There are many ways to see and feel love. Dante shows us how to 'live' love. These were, of course, different times, but everyone has experienced the emotional turbulence of trying to obtain the attention of the one you love, and therefore, one finds relevance in every poem.

What three words best describe Tim Lundeen’s performance?

Cold. Unenthusiastic. Effortless

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love is life

Any additional comments?

This is clearly a classic book. Dante is obsessed with Beatrice and this is the published pining affection he holds for her. While that might not sound particularly appealing, remember that Dante is a master of verse and rhetoric. This captivating look into the process of desire may be much more than you bargained for.

The narration lacks the passion that is evident in the book. This is always going to be a difficult endeavor, but it sounds like Lundeen is simply reading the words, rather than being part of your journey.

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  • Mr. Bojangles
  • 18-12-14

Good classic; totally misleading description

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Great classic if you're looking for it (and you know what you're getting in to—otherwise it may be monotonous). However, Audible's description mentions the author's commentary on the text as being particularly good, but none of it is even included. That's why I bought this! Disappointed. Plus, the narrator really sounds like he's reading—not as good as most of the audiobook readers I'm used to, but acceptable nevertheless.

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  • MissJane
  • 13-11-17

A Classic

I love the drama and performance of this. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of classic literature. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry