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Abandon Every Hope Paperback – August 5, 2002
Be comforted in believing a terrible justice awaits the wicked...a place for stealers, murderers, betrayers. But what shall become of the annoying...the appalling...the villain picking his nose at the next table? The clueless wench who's cut you off in traffic? The neighbor whose cat has befouled your tires relentlessly, repeatedly? They'll get theirs, and it won't be pretty. Take a journey through a comic underworld where the rude and crude pay for their sins in the bowels of poetic justice. This high-language, lowbrow saga squats on the shoulders of Dante's Inferno, using classical verse to besmirch everything deserving. From these pages, the gross have nowhere to hide. Abandon Every Hope is for classics and comics readers alike. It is painstakingly written poetry that reads easily. But danger lurks for those who are vile and who cannot laugh at themselves. They will know what place awaits, and knowing, must Abandon Every Hope.
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- Publisher : PublishAmerica (August 5, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 135 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1591296919
- ISBN-13 : 978-1591296911
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.32 x 8.5 inches
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 23, 2015
Having visited New Orleans, I was able to visualize the scenes depicted in this book, but I'm sure they could be applied to other cities as well. Anyone with a sense of humor will enjoy the read. I was awed that the author was able to punish today's vexations with such humor while still mimicking Dante's writing style in dealing with transgressions in The Inferno. Dante would get a good laugh and would definitely approve!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 12, 2000
This is one of the most exciting new reads of the year! A deft, masterly portrayal of a greeting card writer at the epicenter of the swirling, chaotic absurdity that is modern American life, Abandon Every Hope is a pirandellian filibuster of a novel. During the first few chapters, I was a bit skeptical about the use of iambic pentameter---a stylistic tribute to its literary antecedent, Dante's Inferno---but once I got used to the rhythmic pull of the prose, I was laughing out loud at the depiction of the self-important, jejune cast of characters caught in a downward spiral of a comic-hellish New Orleans. I recommend this book if you have ever shook your head and wondered what happens to boorish, narcissistic people who go about their lives oblivious to their effect on others, but beware, in this novel's highly polished prose you may find yourself staring back.
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