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e-Book Hell: A Novel download

e-Book Hell: A Novel download

by Robert Olen Butler

ISBN: 0802145094
ISBN13: 978-0802145093
Language: English
Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (October 12, 2010)
Pages: 240
Category: United States
Subategory: Literature

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Robert Olen Butler (born January 20, 1945) is an American fiction writer. His short-story collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1993.

Robert Olen Butler (born January 20, 1945) is an American fiction writer. Butler was born in Granite City, Illinois, to Robert Olen Butler S. an actor and theater professor who became the chairman of the theater department of Saint Louis University, and his wife, the former Lucille Frances Hall, an executive secretary.

Robert Olen Butler is the author of ten novels and two collections of stories. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and a National Magazine Award in 2001 (both for fiction), he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Hatcher McCord is an evening news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. He’s not the only one to suffer this fate-in fact.

Its main character, Hatcher McCord, is an evening news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. He’s far from the only one to suffer this fate-in fact, he's surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters, including Bogart, Shakespeare, and almost all the Popes and most of the .

Robert Olen Butler has published twelve novels-The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The Deep Green Sea, Mr. Spaceman, Fair Warning, Hell and (forthcoming this August) A Small Hotel-and six volumes of short fiction-Tabloid Dreams, Had a Good Time, Severance, Intercourse, Weegee Stories, and A Good Scent from a Strange. Mountain, which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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In a deceptively understated manner, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler introduces us to a pair of improbable modern lovers.

An American spy in Paris solves a legendary mystery as the Pulitzer Prize–winning author's "thrilling historical series" continues (The Wall Street Journal). Former Chicago journalist turned globe-trotting spy Christopher Marlowe Cobb has already lived many lives-from London to Mexico to Berlin-when he returns to France in 1922. In a deceptively understated manner, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler introduces us to a pair of improbable modern lovers. plants the seeds of a tragedy that will haunt his readers long after they finish this lyrical love story.

The new novel from one of American literature's brightest stars, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, Robert Olen Butler's uproarious new novel is set in the underworld. Its main character, Hatcher McCord, is an evening news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. He's not the only one to suffer this fate--in fact, he's surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters, including Humphrey Bogart, William Shakespeare, and almost all of the popes and most of the U.S. presidents. The question may be not who is in Hell but who isn't. McCord is living with Anne Boleyn in the afterlife but their happiness is, of course, constantly derailed by her obsession with Henry VIII (and the removal of her head at rather inopportune moments). Butler's Hell isn't as much a boiling lake of fire--although there is that--as it is a Sisyphean trial tailored to each inhabitant, whether it's the average Joes who die and are reconstituted many times a day to do it all again, or the legendary newspaperman William Randolph Hearst, doomed to obscurity as a blogger mocked by his fellows because he can't figure out Caps Lock. One day McCord meets Dante's Beatrice, who believes there is a way out of Hell, and the next morning, during an exclusive on-camera interview with Satan, McCord realizes that Satan's omniscience, which he has always credited for the perfection of Hell's torments, may be a mirage--and Butler is off on a madcap romp about good, evil, free will, and the possibility of escape. Butler's depiction of Hell is original, intelligent, and fiercely comic, a book Dante might have celebrated.
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Eigonn
I liked this book. I had read the New York Times book review and picked up a copy on a whim.

Butler's view of Hell is that it's full of people, almost all people that have ever lived. They're tormented, but not really too much. People occasionally catch on fire or are caught in a flaming sulfurous rain or feel compelled to throw themselves off of a building, but it's still a far cry from a Bosch painting.

Hell in this novel is really about compulsion. Bill Clinton is forced to unzip and wait for any woman to come by, Anne Boleyn is still obsessed with Henry VIII (although nominally she is Hatcher, the protagonist's, girlfriend). J. Edgar Hoover still cross-dresses.

There is very little retribution or punishment in this hell, other than a little Hitler hunting. The punishments that are inflicted on individuals are more psychological and personal than societal.

The main character is a TV anchorman named Hatcher. His job gives him carte blanche to travel around Hell and meet interesting people, with Dick Nixon as his autohomicidal chauffeur, no less. Along the way he discovers that he has free will because Satan cannot read his mind. He then sets out on a quest to reach heaven, loosely aided by Judas Iscariot and Virgil, among others. He sets out to accomplish this by contacting his ex-wives to find out what was wrong with him.

What happens when he achieves his goal is what the book's really about. What is heaven? What is hell? And maybe, just a little bit of what is life? That's the question that the author really tries to poke at, I think, although I'm not sure how successful he really was at that. The ending was a little predictable, IMHO, although where he places the road to heaven is kind of novel.

All in all, a good read with great descriptive passages and a surprisingly strong set of characters, although maybe not so surprising, given that he had all of history to work with. Anyone who likes Vonnegut or Tom Wolfe would probably like this book.

For the record, the Kindle formatting was atrocious, dropping letters all over the page.

Balladolbine
Hatcher McCord, anchor man for the Evening News in Hell, is like all the denizens of the infernal region, tormented and tortured in a way that has been uniquely tailored for him. Denizen's are repeatedly incinerated and then molecularly reassembled, repeating again and again for eternity the very things that they despise.
Hatcher lives with Anne Boleyn, whose beauty—when her head is attached to her body—instils within him an vehement arousal, a desire for a coupling that is never to be satiated—such is the nature of Robert Olen Butler's hell.
The inhabitants continually ponder the problem of why they are there, what they did to deserve their predicament, and why everyone, even the most pious of humanity, seemed to have been sentenced to an eternity in the pit. Hatcher begins to realise that Old Nick is not as omnipresent as he had thought, and investigates the rumour of a back-door. Hatcher's adventure leads him to encounter artists and philosophers, ex-presidents and ex-wives with ironic and humorous consequences. The story culminates in a wonderful twist, a realisation that is both gratifying and profound.

Moogugore
Read it fast, its getting dated quickly, unlike me in my thirties. It's really a sweet book with some lines and scenes that are astonishingly imaginative and really flocking hilarious. This is a serious author who's really letting it rip on all of us, but ultimately in a really affectionate way, turning Sartre's dictum upside-down. I guess all the critics beat me to that one ten years ago. Mr. Butler sir, I salute you. Any women who would leave you for some old businessman...., ah, who am I to judge, whore and fool that I am. Forget all that. Read the book, the rest of you.

Opimath
I'm on a kick reading books about Hell and people who have been there. Most are action-oriented, this book was more philosophical, although there are a few good action scenes. Resounding theme of the book is "why am I here, I wasn't that bad". However since it seems just about everyone is there, the question becomes is there a way to get out?

The protagonist is the nightly news guy for Hell. He is maneuvered through various situations to make him a better person which sort of works. In the end he comes to grips with a resolution to his deliema.

The book is well written, but it kind of left me with what's the point. Several interesting scenes (hunting with the Devil is a hoot), but the ending was disappointing. To be fair, a hard story to end in a satisfactory way.

GAMER
This book is sharp, funny and wildly imaginative. Anyone who is educated and has a wicked sense of humor will enjoy and appreciate it. The ending did not live up to the rest of the book but don't let that deter you.

You will be greatly entertained by each doomed soul's personal version of Hell...for example: William Shakespeare must learn to use a personal computer to type up all his plays only for the system to crash over and over again. That is just one small example in a hive of intertwined stories of lost souls paying their penance.

Iseared
This is a very creative story about a man's damnation and his relationships to the people who are right there with him. I feel like I could relate to the main character; but sometimes the author slips into the thoughts and shoes of others. He pulls off an amazing stunt in clever writing that ties it all together. I was a little disappointed with some of the Christopher Moore-like amateur and gratuitous sexual comedy, but I guess it worked to some extent.

Anarasida
Basically reads like a humorous, modern retelling of The Inferno. It has some very vivid and interesting imagery. Its vision of hell is a mixture of the old fire and brimstone place of torture from the old stories, and a newer place of burocracy and constant PITAs, which certainly comes across as a terrible place to be in my opinion. The main narrative is sometimes muddled and lost in the details, but the trip through hell is still creepy and fun.

Great book!!! You will not be disappointed. Bought a second copy for a friend. It was delivered quickly.

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