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Milton In Purgatory

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Milton Pitt leads an uneventful life, with a dull job and a secret longing for adventure. One morning, after he is hit by a speeding car, he suffers an out-of-body experience and awakens back in his bedroom. Everything is just the same – that is, except for the bloody footprints leading to the chimney…

Is this his chance to lead a better life? Was it just a dream? Or is he
Published August 1st 2019 by Fairlight Books
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The afterlife is a fascinating topic in literature. In fact I would say that it’s a total creative playground. Since we do not know what happens after, it gives authors the opportunity to let their imaginations run like an escaped beast.

Such is the case of Milton in Purgatory.

The plot itself is simple. Milton Pitt dies in a car accident and then has to experience the trials faced in the afterlife. Trust me, it is bizarre.

Vass presents a creative view of Milton’s journey into the different stages
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a bit of a romp, imagining what the afterlife might hold for one man and, by extension, all of us. I enjoyed many of its ideas, not least the character of the narration, recording one life after another for eternity - now that’s what I’d call purgatory - and to make matters worse he has to endure a continual commentary from three ‘observers’ he acquired over the years. Milton (and therefore we) can’t see or hear these three so we can only follow their conversation from the narration’s ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
What does Life have in store for us after Death? Or, let me rephrase that… What does Death have in store for us after Life?

It is a question which the world’s greatest religions have grappled with, which the earliest myths and foremost philosophers have pondered upon, and which has inspired great art, music and literature. It is also an enigma which is unexpectedly thrust upon twenty-six year old Milton Pitt, hit by a car on his way to the work.

Milton leads quite a boring life, alternating
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
What a fantastic story, a proper adventure through the afterlife. Milton is our main character, he wakes up one morning after a night out drinking and fighting, incredibly hungover....he even threw up on a book....shocking! His journey to work is like any other day, except for the dying part that is.

Edward Vass then creates a wonderful series of events as Milton works his way through Purgatory, meeting some great characters on the way. If one day a cult is built around this book then count me
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Milton in Purgatory by Edward Vass is a novella which follows Milton Pitt, whose life quickly goes from mundane to bizarre. After being hit by a car, Milton’s existence is thrust into a multitude of strange situations filled with odd sensations and curious characters. The reader follows him as he attempts to grapple with whether or not he has died or if he is simply having one of the most unusual hangover dreams known to man.

I can honestly say this is one of the most strange and wonderful
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2018
You can find my full review on my blog, The Writerly Way, here.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Fairlight Books for an eARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I love Dante’s Divine Comedy (which isn’t really a comedy, regardless of what the title says) and actual comedy, so a modern re-imagining of it from the point of view of a British teen? Yes, please.
After all, we all know the British are the best at cynicism, sarcasm, and dry humor. They’ve had time to perfect them, obviously.

Anthony Ferner
A bit of a curiosity. Quirky, downbeat humour about a young man who is hit by a car and pays a visit to Purgatory. Reads like a mash-up of Dante, Lewis Carroll and (of course) Milton, as reimagined by a sweary twenty-something Adrian Mole.
Buddy Gott
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I first read the book description of Milton in Purgatory, I instantly became curious about the story. I was also very intrigued by the book’s cover and I immediately had several questions. Is there something evil going on with the sharp-looking objects above the person in the chair? Speaking of which, do people get comfortable-looking chairs like that in purgatory? Also, what’s going on with that butterfly in front of that person’s obscured face? Are there butterflies in the afterlife? I’m ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fiction, uk
What did I just read?! Milton in Purgatory is a fantastically bonkers novella about Milton Pitt, a perfectly average 26-year-old who wakes up in a hungover fug, sets off to work, dies, and begins progressing through the various stages of the afterlife.

What starts out as reading a bit like Nick Hornby-esque lad-lit, turns into the surreal silliness of Douglas Adams or Robert Rankin if they were writing The Good Place. So in other words, this was right up my street. I genuinely laughed out loud
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read around a third of this before giving up on it. The prose was fine, if a little pretentious in places, and the plot is certainly imaginative, but it was a bit too weird for my particular taste.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is bright and draws you in to Milton’s mediocrity. He tries to be friendly and chat to others, but he doesn’t really know what to say.

There is a problem with this type of story, it is that we have probably read it all before, encountered the religious jargon and the stereotypical language. The author embraces all these difficulties and elevates his piece to new heights of imagination and spiritual invention.
He has a funny turn of phrase and sees humour around this dark subject. While
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
For certain films, plays and books it is sometimes necessary to experience them a second time in order to appreciate their full meaning and appreciate all the nuances. This was the case with Edward Vass's début novella which takes a dark twisted look at modern life and what may well lie beyond it. Milton Pitt is certainly someone who sees the glass as half empty as we encounter him waking up in his Oxford flat about to embark on another day doing a job he loathes. He has dreams of a better more ...more
Kate Sherrod
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
A lot of crazy originality, irreverence, grotesque imagery and banal self-reflection is packed into this tight little volume, which takes its Everyman through his death and into the beyond in the tradition, if not the form, of epic poets of yore. The best bits I cannot share here because spoiling the best bits would take away from the fun (which is why this only gets four stars from me; five star books don't require the element of surprise to be enjoyable, but without its surprises this book is ...more
A rather amusing and unexpectedly sweet book, that starts on the last day of Milton Pitt's life, but truly begins when our hero is unceremoniously knocked down by a car while on his way to a job he despises. From there on in the story transforms into a sardonic and surreal roller coaster ride, with a range of memorable, as well as madcap characters dotted along Milton's journey into the afterlife and beyond.

While the dark humour and originality throughout was terrific, what made Milton in
Nicki Markus
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Milton in Purgatory was a fun, amusing read. The story followed a serious of violent and eventful twists as Milton tried to come to terms with his death and afterlife, pursuing the path to his final destination. There was something decidedly British about this work too--something in the style of the dry, black humour that felt like 'home' to me. This novella was a quick, entertaining read that held my attention and kept me chuckling throughout. I would definitely read more from this author in ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a gem! Beautifully written. A unique look as what happens after we die. I'm in awe of the author's imagination.

Full RTC!
Christine Abercrombie
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Milton in Purgatory was a fast and funny read! The concept was interesting with quirky details that allow you to sit back and enjoy the creative thought of Edward Vass.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Genuinely couldn't stop reading this book. I never thought I'd read one man's journey from death to the after-life, with such an amusing and imaginative tone.
Highly recommend reading this novella!
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading the fourth cover of Milton, I wasn't too sure what to expect. Within a few pages I was hooked. Loved the concept of the Narration, and had a really enjoyable time reading.
Amy Riddell
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Twenty-six year old Milton Pitt has a bit of a rubbish morning. He wakes up hungover, surrounded by his own sick, in a cluttered little house in Oxford. After pissing in his bedroom sink and prodding his sleeping hamster a bit, he shrugs into an ill-fitting suit and rushes to catch the bus to work. He almost thinks that he has forgotten his ticket, and when he gets off the bus he has to look at a squished frog on the road that some children are examining. He steps out to cross, and is rammed by ...more
My thanks to Fairlight Books for an eARC via NetGalley of Edward Vass’ ‘Milton in Purgatory’ in exchange for an honest review.

Twenty-six year old Milton Pitt lives an unremarkable life in Oxford. One morning on his way to the job he despises, he is hit by a speeding car and finds himself hovering over his dying body. From there Milton relates his increasingly bizarre after-death experiences.

This isn’t an easy book to review given its inherent strangeness. I was initially drawn by its striking
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, july-reads
Milton in Purgatory is one of ten new novellas published by Fairlight Books in their ‘Modern’ series. The cover art done by Sam Kalda is stunning and instantly grabbed my attention. Each novella will take place in a different location and showcase a new author. When fully collected, the spines make up a rainbow wave. I cannot wait to put all of them on my bookshelf. Fairlight Books has also provided reading/writing notes for each book online, making this series perfect for book clubs and ...more
Chad Guarino
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Milton in Purgatory, part of the latest batch of releases in the Fairlight Moderns novella series, is a black comedy about the afterlife dripping in sardonic British wit. Milton is a disaffected main character, stuck in blunt routine, working day after day at a vague office job emailing unpleasant people back and forth. This all changes one day when Milton, nursing a hangover, is struck and killed by a car. What follows is a surreal adventure through the afterlife where he meets his "Narration" ...more
Morgane Krauth
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, underrated
Thank you to NetGalley and Fairlight Books for providing me with an eARC of this book.

I don't know what I expected from this book, I guess I should have known it would be quite peculiar given the title but I was happily surprised by it!

This book follows Milton, a young enough guy that doesn't have a lot going for him and ends up dying at the beginning of the book after getting run over by a car (so not a spoiler I would say).

He then wakes up in a place he doesn't know and first thinks he's
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#MiltonInPurgatory #NetGalley

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. First off, I’ve never read a book like this before and I absolutely fell in love with the style of this novella. I found myself putting everything else on the sideline today so I could finish this book.

This story is more about than living in purgatory; it’s about the struggles of everyday life and how to not take anything for granted. It’s about living every day like it’s your last and treating everyone with
Pamela Scott
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

copy from @FairlightBooks via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed

I thought this book was crazy, in a good way. I’ve not read anything quite like it before. I had no idea what was going on half the time. This is a good thing. I love it when writers confuse and bewilder me. I hate it when I can see what’s coming. Did Milton really die? Did he have some weird dream? Who knows? Who cares? I was happy just to be swept up in the crazy ride. The book gets darker
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
An entertaining and well written novella. I loved the character development, the humour and the plot.
I look forward to reading other works by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Catherine Blanchard
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This a 3.5 rounded up. The writing at the beginning felt a bit self-conscious, and lots of the jokes fell flat with me but I thought it was fun, wonderfully blizzare story and the ending was great. Influences from Neil Gaiman perhaps?
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Edward Vass is the author of the upcoming novella Milton in Purgatory, published by Fairlight Books on 1 August 2019. Edward grew up in Devon, before leaving to study at the University of Lincoln. After graduation, he left the UK to teach English in the South Korean city of Daegu. This turned into an eighteen-month tour of Asia. During that time he began to experiment with writing and ideas for ...more