BOOK Niven and Pournelle's Inferno

a modern retelling of Dante’s* Inferno*. anyone read it?

Many, many times.

Quite good–but the ending–not theologically correct.

Jerry is a believer, dont know about Larry.

I guessed one of them must be. there’s a sequel, Escape from hell on the way, February 2009.

Even worse than the theological problem, the narrator who is obvious very well-read and recognizes everybody from Henry VIII to Billy the Kid fails to recognize his tour guide, Benito Mussolini!?

Puh-leeze!

the authors give enough clues so they’re playing fair with the readers. while mussolini might be expected to be found in hell, his stand-in for virgil is a surprise, one of the last persons anyone would expect in that role.

the theology doesn’t bother me.

Actually, Carpentier dosn’t recognize William Boney–and yeah, we the reader get it right away, I think its the one “suspension of disbelief” Larry & Jerry ask us to swallow if we’re reading a book about Hell in the first place…:smiley:

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