Wednesday, October 4

Book Review: Paradise Lost by John Milton

Author: John Milton
Title: Paradise Lost
Genre: Classics, Poetry, Fantasy, & philosophy
Pages: 453
Published: 1667
Where I Got It: My shelf (School book sale)

John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle rages across three worlds - heaven, hell, and earth - as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge against God. At the center of the conflict are Adam and Eve, who are motivated by all too human temptations but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.

Been meaning to read this for a while since I got this at my old school book sale. There are so many people who rant and rave about this, so I had hope.

Well, this wasn't everything I hoped it would be.

The poetry was good and the concept was good. I found it very interesting how the writer portrays Satan. In a lot of ways, he made Satan a tragic hero in the beginning. He does turn more viperous as the story goes along which is to be expected because he is Satan after all and he has been banished for his rebellion. I also liked how nothing was black and white with the story and characters. It really was an interesting way to look at some big events of the Bible.

It never seemed to end. Pages and pages of long drawn-out verses. It took forever to make a simple point and progress the story. The footnotes were helpful in some spots, but sometimes overly explaining aspects that didn't need it. 

However....the poetry itself was BEAUTIFUL. The author really knows his way around a rhyme and a prose. Boring but beautiful. Can that even exist?

This was worth the read. Beautiful and really makes you look at Satan, God, Adam, and Eve in a different light. The author was a wonderful writer, but this was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to long. If you like the classics I do recommend this. I'll give this 2 stars. 

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