Saturday, 29 June 2019

Book Review: Milton in Purgatory by Edward Vass (Literary Fiction)

Title: Milton in Purgatory
Author: Edward Vass
Publisher:
Fairlight Books
 
Publication Date: 1 August 2019
Pages:
125
Format:
eBook- EPUB
Genre:
Literary Fiction
Source:
ARC via NetGalley

 


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 simply dead?

In this richly inventive and humorous novella, Edward Vass brings the themes of Dante’s Divine Comedy 700 years into the future.


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 the future, and I recommend Milton in Purgatory to readers looking for a quirky literary fiction read that can be read and enjoyed in a single sitting. A solid four stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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