Tag Archives: Italian

The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri

Given the magnificent structure of the work, and the quality of the poetry in Italian, I have to wonder if it’s worthwhile to read The Divine Comedy in translation…

Orlando Furioso
Ludovico Ariosto

Without a doubt, Orlando Furioso is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. From start to finish, it’s all action, and all awesome…

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
Italo Calvino

The book starts out in second person (you are told that you’re about to start reading Italo Calvino’s novel If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler), and then you get the next chapter, which is the first chapter of a fictional book. In the third chapter, the “you” that isn’t you is dismayed to discover that the rest of the pages of the book you’ve (he’s? she’s?) been reading are blank…

La Bohème
Giacomo Puccini

What a stupid, stupid libretto…

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi

What a weird freaking book…