“I can understand why Paradise Lost is considered one of the greatest works of literature. Very powerful and evocative. My favorite portions are in the beginning when the fallen angels land with a big thump after being tossed out of heaven, Adam's description of his first being aware of being alive, and the argument between Adam and Eve as to who who is really responsible for eating the fruit. The last scene there is so true to life!”David the Librarian wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read half of this and listened to the other half read aloud on CD. I am not the biggest fan of epic poetry, and because of this I got confused and bored often. I recognize a lot of beauty and imagination in the story, but I am not the best at interpreting Middle English. If you are into this sort of thing, it would be great, if not, the time it takes to read it might not be worth it.”Joseph S wrote this review Saturday, February 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fantastic prose; intriguing evil character, and developed explanation to the story of Adam and Eve. There is so much to this book, from hierarchy to willpower to base emotional reaction. No longer are Adam and Eve and Satan such distant people to today; Milton has made them relatable and this, besides the lyric prose, makes the story so good.”lynneelu wrote this review Friday, April 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is a laborious read, but John Milton's Paradise Lost is worth it. First published in 1667, Paradise Lost remains, many contend, the greatest poem ever published in English, and Milton is deemed second only to Shakespeare among the pantheon of English writers. When reading Milton, be prepared for hundreds of references to Greek and Roman mythology that few of us (myself included) are familiar with as well as works saturated in biblical references and allusions and lots of obscure vocabulary. Happily, this Norton Critical Edition includes hundreds of notes -- footnotes, actually, so there is no disruptive flipping back and forth! This edition also offers dozens of critical essays on Paradise Lost, some dating back to its publication, a couple of Milton's prose works, and an extensive glossary. Whether reading for pleasure or for (school) credit, this NCE of Paradise Lost is a godsend. ”Rodney Wilson wrote this review Thursday, March 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book. Nothing compares to a good war and it consequences. ”Heather H wrote this review Friday, November 19, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the most glorious representations of the redeeming power of our God. Paradise Lost represents the Fall of Man in such a way as to bring conviction to the reader and highest praise to the Creator.”Queen wrote this review Thursday, September 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“an epic of the highest order”naini s wrote this review Tuesday, August 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved teaching this to my students, although their furrowed brows when confronted by the first page of the text were sufficiently deep for cress to be grown there.
Magnificent! that Satan is so tall, dark, and handsome, and very profitably read in conjunction with 'Wuthering Heights' too. The Gilbert and Gubar essay pointing up the interrelations between the texts is exceptionally interesting too.
Altogether, a splendid ur-vater of the Gothic genre.”