Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Paradise Lost": Angels n Demons n nudies, oh my!

"Paradise Lost" is an epic poem written by John Milton a million years ago, or at least, so it sounds. It was actually written sometime in the 1660s, I believe.
If you have ever been to a church or synagogue even once in your life, then chances are you know the plot of PL. Basically, it's about Satan. When God announces that He's gonna make a species of people called humans, and give them free will over their entire lives (as well as their own personal paradise on earth), Satan gets pissed. Green with envy, he starts a rebellion of angels, but gets his ass kicked and then is subsequently banished to hell. So he hatches an elaborate plot to mess with the humans. If you know the story of Adam & Eve, then you'll know that he succeeds, thus boning the human race forever.
Since everybody pretty much knows this story, there's not much in the book to shock or surprise. Even if M. Night Shyamalan had written this, he'd be hard pressed to find a way to add any kind of twist at all. But Milton told the story in a very cool way. I bet if this were a movie, the visuals would be fantastic. Since this book is actually one ginormous poem, I'd reccomend reading it out loud for maximum enjoyment.
"Paradise Lost" gets a 79% in my Good Books.


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