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Traveller's Guide to Hell Paperback – November 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Cadogan Guides
  • Paperback: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Cadogan Books (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860119107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860119101
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,121,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I've always loved Facaros and Pauls' travel guides to Europe, and now they've given hell the same treatment. Funny, tongue in cheek, yet full of fiendishly good scholarship to boot, it's a great someone who has everything. I loved the bits about Chinese hell and the big chicken that punishes people who are cruel to animals, as well as the updated version of Dante's Inferno by a southern minister whose car fell on his head.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph E. Vaughan on March 17, 2014
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Though many many people have told me to go there, I don't think I'm going to end up in Hell, but I've been wrong before, and, besides, it never hurts to be prepared. Also, I have several dozen guidebooks to places I've never been, and probably won't go, so what's one more? This very funny riff on guidebooks in general and Dante's seminal guidebook in particular, draws from myriad sources, both modern and ancient, to create a work that you'll want to read aloud, if only to annoy all those people who wish you would shut up and just go. Beginning with how to get there (traditional vs modern vs classical [the last one gives you a chance of coming back]) to what to see and who' who in the Infernal Realm, no topic is left untouched. Along the way, you learn many things, such as don't plan on sending your friends any post cards (unless you go to Hell, Mich) because the postal system in Hell is so bad only one letter has ever got out. And don't just pack Bermuda shorts and sunscreen because some of the circles of Hell are quite chilly. Also, make sure you have cash for the ferry across the Styx because Charon doesn't take plastic or IOUs, and don't even try to trade a pig for passage; miss the boat, so to speak, and you'll spend a long time playing solitaire, or tic-tac-toe if you find another lost soul, in Limbo. It also takes a gander at the visions of Hell from other religions, past and present. It's a very humorous and mostly informative look at what happens to wayward souls after they've had their fling on Earth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don Kidwell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 23, 2014
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Book was both funny & informative! I got a kick out of passages like this "Code of Conduct for Guests (of Hell)...'no soliciting of any kind will be tolerated', 'no leaflets of any kind may be distributed', and 'groups of four or more teenagers will be incinerated." As humorous as the book was at times, I was also impressed with the depth of knowledge imparted regarding topics as varied as the Seven Deadly Sins, Hell as depicted in different religions, and descriptions of numerous demons which had me itching to verify much of the book's content. At the end of the day I took up the author's advice and downloaded Emmanuel Swedenborg's "Heaven and its Wonders and Hell from Things Heard and Seen" to read at a later date as book most definitely piqued my interest. All this material and illustrations as well made for a very good book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom S. on March 24, 2014
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...Heck that is. No one wants to deal with it, and that's the point Facaros makes throughout this quick read. She put enough research into it to make it interesting, added a dash of humor to make it a bit more palatable, and there you have it. I read it on my phone whenever I had a few spare minutes. Don't expect to get the real deal on Hell in this piece. We're supposed to read the Bible in order to avoid it.
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Facaros’ and Paul’s The Traveller’s Guide to Hell is an amusing but not overly informative read.

There is a strong anti-religious bias runny through the background of the text. Not simply Christians come in for a lambasting but also Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, etc. Much of the humour is good-natured in the beginning, but slowly as the satiric slights pile up it becomes mean-spirited but never vicious. The underlying thrust of the argument is just how odd world myth and religions are regarding the underworld. Whether or not this was intentional on the part of the authors is unclear, but the implications are that the intent was negative.

This being said, the book was well written and funny.

The general purpose of the book is an examination of Hell and the Underworld from the emergence of the concept/experience to our post-modern and perpetually ironic self-reflexive posturing of the early 21st century.

The Traveller’s Guide to Hell was fun and frustrating, but it is still worth a read by those who want ammunition to hit the faithful with [and that is a petty hobby] and for those that have a more relaxed attitude to the underworld and what may or may not be waiting for them after reading such a book and supporting the authors with your hard earned cash.

Read this book; buy this book and you will be burning in Hell. But, then, this is where all the most interesting people will end up…as well as all the best strippers and bar girls.

Sign me up for some prime beachfront property on the burning lake of fire.

Recommended for the irreverent and the damned.

Rating 4 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 25, 2014
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I expected this book to be set up like a travel guide, with the typical TripAdvisor or Fodor's style organization into restaurants, accommodations, things to see, and so on. Turns out this book is a great deal more, and is much more entertaining and interesting than that old gimmick would have been.

The authors start with a sort of travel guide structure, but then take us on a global and cultural and time travelling tour of a multitude of stories, speculations, reports and conjectures regarding Hell, Lucifer and sin. There are some very sharp throwaway lines, some nice set pieces and lists, and some fascinating stories and descriptions drawn from the literature. Some bits here and there drag a bit and not everything hits the mark, but that is really not surprising given the nature of the project.

The authors have a nice, rather than smarmy or condescending, touch and aren't driving home a specific agenda so much as having fun with the way Hell has been addressed over the centuries. Think of very erudite scholars with a flair for storytelling who have prepared a light entertainment about Hell and you will more or less get the flavor of this book. A very nice and entertaining find.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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