- Series: Cadogan Guides
- Paperback: 123 pages
- Publisher: Cadogan Books (November 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: #2,405,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Traveller's Guide to Hell Paperback – November, 1998
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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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The humor in this book is so dry you could blow dust off of it. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
If I do end up going to hell, I hope it's this much fun.
The book is very interesting and there has been lots of research done on it. It is a fun book.
Every body should read it.
This was supposed to be fun, it was, it was tedious, it was boring, if you want to read something fun go for The Infernal Series by Edward Lee. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Gregory Smith
I got this book because of the title. I sounded funny. Some of it was, but it was not what I expected. Sorry.Published on March 14, 2014 by pennyann
This is a dandy read and quite amusing. Of course, it is not my idea of Hell or beyond, but still it is a fun read.Published on March 11, 2014 by Three Bears
I was looking for popular culture takes on the seven deadly sins and Dante's "Inferno".
This book was a superficial glitzy product that appeared thrown together. Read more