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Inferno by Larry Niven
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Nov 15, 2011

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Recommended to Angela by: someone in Bookish
Read from October 06 to 15, 2013

It's telling that Niven's version of the Inferno doesn't include that famous inscription, "Abandon hope all you who enter here". Because the premise from the very beginning is that it is possible to escape. Which makes for a fun read, but completely misses the point of Hell, in my opinion. If you can leave, then it's not Hell, it's just a not-very-fun place. Or possibly it's a place where you can work through your weaknesses and slowly transform yourself into someone who can escape. But Dante had one of those too - it's called Purgatory.

(I'm definitely glad I read this right after reading the Inferno section of Dante's The Divine Comedy though. There are a lot of parallels I would have missed otherwise.)

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10/06/2013 "Having recently finished Dante's Inferno, it seems like a good time to knock this one off my to-read list."
10/06/2013 page 5
2.0% "heh - "I certainly wasn't in Heaven, and it was too lonely to be Hell.""

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