Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Seven books about being stuck in Hell

Claudia Lux is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and has a master’s in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sign Here is her first novel.

At Electric Lit Lux tagged seven "books that address Hell as any lack of escape, which, when combined with the tedium and terror of being left outside of time, sharpens into a pain even the most skilled torturer could never inflict." One title on the list:
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Jitterbug Perfume is an absolute feast for the senses, due to both the drive of the plot and Robbins’ visceral, whacky, and ultimately perfect metaphors. The book follows multiple perspectives, all of which are centered around the search for immortality, this time through scent. Among others, there is a couple who have been evading death for centuries alongside the disappearing goat-god named Pan, who is often mistaken for the devil due to his sulfurous smell and proclivity for wantonness, and an evasive smooth-talking con-man who hopes to profit from it all. This novel captures just how long immortality lasts and what can happen to a soul if the body never gives it up, but the world keeps on changing without them anyway.
Read about another entry on the list.

Jitterbug Perfume is among the top ten books about New Orleans.

--Marshal Zeringue