Hatcher McCord is an evening-news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. He's not the only one to suffer this fate - in fact, he's surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters, including Humphrey Bogart, William Shakespeare, and almost all of the popes and most of the U.S. presidents. The question may be not who is in Hell but who isn't.
McCord is living with Anne Boleyn in the afterlife, but their happiness is, of course, constantly derailed by her obsession with Henry VIII (and the removal of her head at rather inopportune moments). One day McCord meets Dante's Beatrice, who believes there is a way out of Hell, and the next morning, during an exclusive on-camera interview with Satan, McCord realizes that Satan's omniscience, which he has always credited for the perfection of Hell's torments, may be a mirage - and Butler is off on a madcap romp about good, evil, free will, and the possibility of escape.
Butler's depiction of Hell is original, intelligent, and fiercely comic, a book Dante might have celebrated.
©2009 Robert Olen Butler (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"[Butler] captures stream-of-consciousness in delicious, unleashed rhythm." (Publishers Weekly)
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"What a piece of literary genius."
Not only do we see an update of Dante here, we get to meet the denizens up close and personal. To paraphrase Walt Kelly
The part I tell everyone about is the visit to Satan's hunting lodge. To say any more would suck the fun right out of the experience.
Who can pass up a succubus ?
Thank You for Burning.
A must read for all who believe in hell, and a must read for all who don't. If you think you are going to heaven, you have another think coming.
I would love to see the movie, but I am sure only HBO could put this together.
"was good story idea"
liked this book, interesting topic.enjoyed listening to this book, but did not like the ending.
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