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The Traveller's Guide to Hell

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A modern update on Dante's Inferno, which covers how to get to hell, and what to expect on arrival.
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Published November 1st 1998 by Everyman Publishers
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Theresahpir
Apr 02, 2014 Theresahpir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, despite it not being exactly what I thought it was going to be...

It's advertised as being a fun little travel guide formatted book, taking you down through the depths of Hell itself. I was expecting something very humorous and honestly, something that was probably going to be poorly written and not very factual. However, I found just the opposite--almost.

This is still a comical look at Hell, from its history to its geography to its inhabitants and literally everyth
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David
Facaros’ and Paul’s The Traveller’s Guide to Hell is an amusing but not overly informative read.

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 th
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Ralph
Mar 17, 2014 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Though many many people have told me to go there, I don't think I'm going to end up in Hell, but I've been wrong before, and, besides, it never hurts to be prepared. Also, I have several dozen guidebooks to places I've never been, and probably won't go, so what's one more? This very funny riff on guidebooks in general and Dante's seminal guidebook in particular, draws from myriad sources, both modern and ancient, to create a work that you'll want to read aloud, if only to annoy all those people ...more
Bob
Jun 29, 2014 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
this book was not what i expected. not that i knew what to expect when i picked it up. what it IS, is a rather scholarly look at the concept and occupants of hell as seen by different groups throughout history. well, it was potentially scholarly anyway. all the facts are there, but they're presented in such an entertaining way, you lose all sense that you actually may be learning stuff as you're reading. want to know what the egyptian, jewish, christian, buddhist, hindu, etc. ideas of hell are? ...more
Anthony
Feb 10, 2009 Anthony rated it it was amazing

A fun book with a surprising amount of research and source citations.
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Dana Facaros wrote her first guide book the Greek Islands at age 20 in 1977, and husband Michael Pauls joined her a few years later in penning guides to Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. Along with Turkey, these books became the genesis of the first Cadogan Guides in 1985. These were a little revolution at the time: guides ‘for the independent traveller’ as the old slogan put it, with a rich and thoro ...more
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