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Review:

"Prolific Pulitzer — winner Butler features a colorful cast of underworld dwellers in his latest novel, and, as in Severance and Intercourse, captures stream-of-consciousness in delicious, unleashed rhythm. On the downside, Butler pushes his love for thematic concept to new levels of explicit puppetry (read: gimmick). Hatcher McCord, an anchorman on the Evening News from Hell, reports on hellishly banal traumas while real-life persons suffer hilarious punishment: Adolf Hitler is repeatedly executed, only to be reassembled gruesomely, his face like a stitched football. All are ruled by a smarmy, Armani-clad Satan who smells noxiously of Old Spice aftershave, is only reachable by voice mail and blames everything on his 'father issues.' But when McCord discovers that Satan can't read his mind, McCord becomes a vehicle for free will. Newly empowered, he attempts sexual and emotional relations with the love of his afterlife, a headless Anne Boleyn who gives great (if terrifying) oral sex. Butler's lust for the tabloid romp and his stream of the never-ending punch line both irritates and illuminates. The reader's taste will have to be the final arbiters of worth. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Hatcher McCord is an evening news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. Hes not the only one to suffer this fate—in fact, hes 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 isnt. 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 Dantes 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 Satans omniscience, which he has always credited for the perfection of Hells torments, may be a mirage—and Butler is off on a madcap romp about good, evil, free will, and the possibility of escape. Butlers depiction of Hell is original, intelligent, and fiercely comic, a book Dante might have celebrated.

Synopsis:

The new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain" is set in the underworld. Its main character, Hatcher McCord, is an evening-news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune.

Synopsis:

Hatcher McCord is an evening news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. Hes not the only one to suffer this fate—in fact, hes 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 isnt. 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 Dantes 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 Satans omniscience, which he has always credited for the perfection of Hells torments, may be a mirage—and Butler is off on a madcap romp about good, evil, free will, and the possibility of escape. Butlers depiction of Hell is original, intelligent, and fiercely comic, a book Dante might have celebrated.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802119018
Author:
Butler, Robert Olen
Publisher:
Grove Press
Author:
Butler, Robert Olen
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Hell
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover, Deckle Edge
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13.5 oz

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Product details 240 pages Grove Press - English 9780802119018 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Prolific Pulitzer — winner Butler features a colorful cast of underworld dwellers in his latest novel, and, as in Severance and Intercourse, captures stream-of-consciousness in delicious, unleashed rhythm. On the downside, Butler pushes his love for thematic concept to new levels of explicit puppetry (read: gimmick). Hatcher McCord, an anchorman on the Evening News from Hell, reports on hellishly banal traumas while real-life persons suffer hilarious punishment: Adolf Hitler is repeatedly executed, only to be reassembled gruesomely, his face like a stitched football. All are ruled by a smarmy, Armani-clad Satan who smells noxiously of Old Spice aftershave, is only reachable by voice mail and blames everything on his 'father issues.' But when McCord discovers that Satan can't read his mind, McCord becomes a vehicle for free will. Newly empowered, he attempts sexual and emotional relations with the love of his afterlife, a headless Anne Boleyn who gives great (if terrifying) oral sex. Butler's lust for the tabloid romp and his stream of the never-ending punch line both irritates and illuminates. The reader's taste will have to be the final arbiters of worth. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Hatcher McCord is an evening news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. Hes not the only one to suffer this fate—in fact, hes 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 isnt. 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 Dantes 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 Satans omniscience, which he has always credited for the perfection of Hells torments, may be a mirage—and Butler is off on a madcap romp about good, evil, free will, and the possibility of escape. Butlers depiction of Hell is original, intelligent, and fiercely comic, a book Dante might have celebrated.
"Synopsis" by , The new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain" is set in the underworld. Its main character, Hatcher McCord, is an evening-news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune.
"Synopsis" by ,
Hatcher McCord is an evening news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. Hes not the only one to suffer this fate—in fact, hes 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 isnt. 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 Dantes 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 Satans omniscience, which he has always credited for the perfection of Hells torments, may be a mirage—and Butler is off on a madcap romp about good, evil, free will, and the possibility of escape. Butlers depiction of Hell is original, intelligent, and fiercely comic, a book Dante might have celebrated.

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