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Traveller's Guide to Hell Paperback – November 1, 1998
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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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
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If I do end up going to hell, I hope it's this much fun.
Every body should read it.
This book was a superficial glitzy product that appeared thrown together.Read more