Thursday, December 15, 2011

Five top books on hell

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five books on hell:
by Chuck Palahniuk

An overdose delivers the 13-year-old narrator of Palahniuk's latest novel straight to perdition, where she finds a veritable Breakfast Club of cohorts (cheerleader, jock, nerd, punk rocker) to cavort with in the maze of eternity, making prank calls and avoiding demons while searching for an exit. By turns hilarious and disturbing, Palahniuk's vision of Hell isn't filled with flames and brimstone so much as dandruff and toenail clippings -- and the nature and meaning of his heroine's journey takes its cues from the distinctly impious attitudes of the author.
Read about another book on the list.

Also see John Mullan's list of ten of the best visions of hell in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue