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Nabridged edition of Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato the first Renaissance epic about the common customs of and the conflicts between Christian Europe and Islam Having extensively revised his earlier translation for general readers Charles Ross has added headings and helpful summaries to Boiardo's cantos Tenses have been regularized and terms of gender and religion have been updated but not so much as to block the reader's encounter with how Boiardo once viewed the world Charles Stanley Ross has degrees from Harvard College and the Un I read a prose translation I should have tried to find poetry version Unfinished epic poem knights and enchantments etc but little of interest if you ve already read things like the Faerie ueen

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Orlando innamorato

Iversity of Chicago and teaches English and comparative literature at Purdue University Neglect of Italian romances robs us of a whole species of pleasure and narrows our very conception of literature It is as if a man left out Homer or Elizabethan drama or the novel For like these the romantic epic of Italy is one of the great trophies of the European genius a genuine kind not to be replaced by any other and illustrated by an extremely copious and brilliant production It is one of the successes the undisputed achievements C S Lewi So this is William Rose s 1823 translation of Francesco Berni s 16th century rewrite of Matteo Boiardo s 15th century Orlando Innamorato and a somewhat abridged translation if I understand the preface correctly It reads very much like a very flaggable wikipedia summation of the plot of a fantasy anime that ran for several seasons There are a zillion characters I highly recommend keeping a little list of all their names with a brief note of whose offspring or vassal they are because the narrator infamously and to great comic effect jumps wildly from one character to another usually breaking off at a climactic moment to resume the thread of some event you d all but forgotten in the deluge of information So it ends up feeling like an autistic superfan s description of a great epic than the actual epic itself Sometimes specific details of particular adventures are glossed over so uickly that it s impossible to tell whether Rose was summarizing something that was complete in the Italian or if one of the Italian authors was trying to be funny or what but it does successfully exploit the potential for humor in this scatterbrained style of narration that you feel in the presence of genius For example there s this knight Astolpho who is not good at fighting and gets soundly wrecked in a tournament at the beginning of the story Shortly after he fortuitously appropriates an enchanted lance that makes him an invincible jouster and he goes on a hilarious winning streak which goes uite to his head and eventually every other knight present including some bitter rivals have to suspend the tournament to try and get Astolpho to stop knocking people off their horses Later on he loses the enchanted lance is reverted to his former state of martial incompetence and gets imprisoned but when he gets out the narrator is all like Luckily Astolpho happened to immediately cross paths with the knight who picked up the enchanted lance so he took it back and started knocking dudes down left and right There seems to be an important detail or two missing in there right But the Innamorato ain t got time for that There s no ending the allegorical elements aren t particularly insightful and every adventure with startlingly original feeling elements is flanked by a few others that are basically fairy tale knights errant clich casserole but it s so fast and light that it s really hard not to feel charmed as hell by this thing I definitely intend to read the other recent translation that exists if only to see whether or not Rose was holding back anything in any of the conspicuous leaps

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Like Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered Boiardo's chivalric stories of lords and ladies first entertained the culturally innovative court of Ferrara in the Italian Renaissance Inventive humorous inexhaustible the story recounts Orlando's love stricken pursuit of the fairest of her Sex Angelica in Milton's terms through a fairyland that combines the military valors of Charlemagne's knights and their famous horses with the enchantments of King Arthur's court Today it seems than ever appropriate to offer a new u If you are considering reading this book I feel you should be warned like many of the characters are warned in this book Beware if you are not a honorable knight errant Turn back now if you do not possess the abilities to follow a Renaissance ADHD author through Canto Forests of Magical Jousts Battles and FairiesOf course that should have been in tetrameter and posted on a magical tree But I digress Speaking of which does Boiardo ever digress If you ve ever wondered where soap operas got the idea to leave a scene in the middle of the villian sneaking up on an innocent lady it is probably from this medieval romance You re getting into the scene knights jousting armies warring OrlandoRalando wandering Fairies ferrying yes the Fairies do a lot of ferrying don t ask and the narrator just effectively says Have you wondered what happened to AAAGGGHHHH Yes at one point I was wondering because YOU DID THE EXACT SAME THING 20 PAGES AGO Let s just say that editing is another invention that came with the modern age along with the busy signal traffic lights and sliced bread of things we take for granted but boy do we miss them when they are not thereGriping aside this is enjoyable if you just go for the ride In my dream edition this would have a cheat sheet in front of every canto saying whose side the knights are on knights switch between pagans and Christians at a disturbing rate which battle is raging which knights are out wandering about to run into some damsel bewitched giant ogre or dragon or magical fountain how King Charlemagne is doing it seems he is always about to be slain or sieged But for me the unsung hero for there are MANY MANY MANY sung heroes of this whole epic is Orlando s and Ralando s arr and shield maker Every joust battle and wandering giantogredragon seems to split the shield open crack the helm wide and break the lance But yet in the next joustbattlewandering the shieldhelmlance is back for the next splitcrackbreak That my friends is the real wonder of this epic the furious behind the scenes work of these armament laborers they are the true miracles in this poem If only someone could write their version of the epic


10 thoughts on “Orlando innamorato

  1. says:

    Those who like listening to cruel duelsGruesome assaults and massive strokesStep forward Some random things that occur in the work dis

  2. says:

    I like Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto better but this book that inspired Ariosto's work is still pretty enjoyable I would have been happy to read the whole thing except that I suddenly stopped caring about knights errant and their adventures probably because that's almost all I've been reading for the last few months and I felt all of a sudden that I'd gotten what I needed to out of the genre Another thin

  3. says:

    If you are considering reading this book I feel you should be warned like many of the characters are warned in this book Beware if you are not a honorable knight errant Turn back now if you do not possess the abilities to follow a Ren

  4. says:

    An abridged translation of a Renaissance Italian epic with lots of knights fighting giants and other monsters My favorite is a donkey whose ears will cut a person in half wizards enchanted castles and streams and lovely ladies both

  5. says:

    I read a prose translation I should have tried to find poetry version Unfinished epic poem knights and enchantments etc but little of interest

  6. says:

    2018 review Really glad I re read this I definitely got out of it this time There's a lot left out but that's going to happen in any translation of Boiardo or Ariosto So much plot But this time I made a bit sense of it all of the episodic stories are essentially re tellings of the Matters of France Britain or Rome but always with a reversal Charlemagne the conueror conuered stoic warrior Orlando falls in love ladies' man Rinaldo rebuffed

  7. says:

    So this is William Rose's 1823 translation of Francesco Berni's 16th century rewrite of Matteo Boiardo's 15th century Orlando Innamorato and a somewhat abridged translation if I understand the preface correctly It reads very much like a very flaggable wikipedia summation of the plot of a fantasy anime that ran

  8. says:

    I pretty thoroughly enjoyed this poem Yes it is long and it can get a bit repetitious at times but instead of sitting down and reading this like a modern novel I read a few cantos every night and found it never got stale It's really a great story it has battles and magic and romance and humor and sex and tons of over the top action

  9. says:

    I had only read this in the abridged version before and gave it 4 stars Oh my goodness the unabridged is so much better

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