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  • A Guide for the Spiritual Journey
  • By: Mark Vernon
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  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

Dante Alighieri was early in recognizing that our age has a problem. His hometown, Florence, was at the epicenter of the move from the medieval world to the modern. He realized that awareness of divine reality was shifting, and that if it were lost, dire consequences would follow. The Divine Comedy was born in a time of troubling transition, which is why it still speaks today.

Dante’s masterpiece presents a cosmic vision of reality, which he invites his readers to traverse with him. In this narrative retelling and guide, from the gates of hell, up the mountain of purgatory, to the empyrean of paradise, Mark Vernon offers a vivid introduction and interpretation of a book that, 700 years on, continues to open minds and change lives.

“Just as Dante had Virgil, we have Mark Vernon: the perfect guide to Dante’s epic and fantastic journey. This is not just a description of what happens and who we meet, it’s an invitation to read The Divine Comedy as a way to change our own consciousness and embrace a more spacious reality: everything is bigger on the inside. I started highlighting sentences I wanted to think about, but ended up with yellow stripes everywhere: there are insights on every page. A marvelous book that blew away a lot of my assumptions about The Divine Comedy." (Susanna Clarke, author of Piranesi and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell)

"There has long been need for a scholarly but deft guide to Dante’s masterpiece, not just as a literary curiosity but as a profound examination of the meaning of life in a world less material than ours. Here at last is one for which we can be grateful. Like Virgil guiding Dante, Vernon accompanies the reader on the fascinating journey from hell through purgatory to paradise; he is a delightful companion, and I for one learnt a great deal from the experience.” (Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and His Emissary)

“As late modern readers and writers, we live at an unfortunate remove from much of the greatest literature of earlier epochs principally in thinking of it solely as literature, whose chief meaning and value can be exhaustively described in strictly critical categories. We scarcely remember how to see poetry—or any of the arts—as belonging to a fuller vision of reality, with spiritual as well as purely aesthetic dimensions. This is an unfortunate state of affairs in regard to any literary text of consequence, but in regard to a work of the magnitude and splendor of The Divine Comedy, it is tragic. An approach like Mark Vernon’s is precisely the remedy required if one wants truly to see the poem for what it is, and to see through the poem to what it adumbrates.” (David Bentley Hart, author of Roland in Moonlight)

“Dante’s spiritual pilgrimage through hell, purgatory, then up through the seven heavens to a vision of the Mystic Rose is one of the masterpieces of human imagination. Mark Vernon guides us through the great poem, giving light, gathering insights from other commentators, granting us a sensitive, fresh perspective. Whether the Comedy is a familiar favorite or forbiddingly foreign, readers will here find companionship, nourishment, and assistance as they traverse the Dantean soul-scape.” (Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis)

©2021 Angelico Press (P)2021 Mark Vernon

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A hugely illuminating work

I highly recommend this book - quite inspiring.
I have not been able to "get into" Dante's Devine Comedy directly - I have the audio book and a written version, translation by (I can't remember the name and can't look for it without losing this review again)..., but struggled. This however, is so illuminating and clarifying.
Thank you Mark Vernon, for the immense amount of time and effort that you must have put into this work.
I shall try and get a copy of the translation by D. L. Sayers, as I suspect that she would have been best able to grasp both the scholastic and Christian elements better than most.

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A masterpiece on a masterpiece.

Absolutely loved listing to this audiobook. Mark Vernon's passion is apparent and contagious. His insights are rich, deep and often revelatory as he dives into Dante's genius. Wonderfully written, accessable, delightfully thought provoking and inspiring.

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Dante's inferno!!

loved it. really intriguing read. 10\10
those 7 circles & virgil.couldnt put it down. 10\10

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Fascinating and passionate guide to a complex work

Dante may have Virgil and Beatrice to guide him but the listener has the privilege of having Mark Vernon as their expert guide. I’ve never managed to get into The Devine Comedy (or at least stick with the journey) but in Mark I found an author with great knowledge and insight and a narrator who brings out his genuine passion and admiration for the work. This is no easy listening guide - something to put on in the background - but if you give it your full attention you will find the exploration on offer is not really Dante’s but yours and your own sense of consciousness and meaning.

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The best guide to The Divine Comedy

I knew Mark Vernon previously from YouTube, through his erudite commentary and storytelling of the Divine Comedy, elucidating historical, metaphysical and spiritual topics.This audiobook is at no point dull.
I consider Markl the greatest guide to Dante's Divine Comedy at the moment.
Mark Vernon's voice is also pleasant to listen to.

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The only book that could make me a christian

The only book and author which could actually make me consider becoming a christian

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Mark Vernon is an incredibly informed companion

Mark Vernon makes the text accessible. He gives detailed descriptions and explanations of what’s happening and who’s doing what and why. Brilliant.

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