by John Milton
Published in 1674
Thibault's Score: 2/5
When I picked up Paradise Lost I had no idea what to expect - I had heard of the book but didn't have the faintest clue what it was about. I didn't even realize that John Milton was a poet and that Paradise Lost was a poetry book.
Paradise Lost is an epic poem in the style of the Odyssey about Lucifer tempting Adam and Eve, and their subsequent banishing from heaven. The poem is organized into twelve books, with the narratives alternating between Adam and Eve, and Lucifer.
I found the writing style to be very boring and difficult to follow. The topic wasn't very interesting to me either - the book is about Christianity, not about the philosophy of Christianity.
After reading the first three books, I decided that Paradise Lost wasn't for me. I don't understand why it has survived as a classic to this day.
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