Milton in Purgatory
Fairlight Moderns Novella
by Edward Vass
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Pub Date 01 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 02 Sep 2019
‘Smart, funny, and an excellent writer, Edward Vass is the ideal guide for a journey into the beyond.’ — Dr Owen Clayton, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Lincoln
‘A weird and wonderful tale, full of violent twists and turns. This surprising début novella punches above its weight and pulls no punches.’ — Jennifer Rushworth, Lecturer in Comparative Literature at UCL and author of books on Dante and Petrarch
‘A funny, original and quintessentially British account of a twenty-first-century man confronted by the afterlife.’ — Abbie Walker (@ab_reads), London Book Fair’s 2019 Bookstagrammer of the Year
‘Dark, twisted and occasionally hilarious. The journey of young Milton through afterlife does not only call the reader out on philosophical dilemmas but also gives a long hard look on contemporary folly. An interesting debut novella.‘ – Edith Soosaar, Bookstagrammer (@alibraryinmyluggage)
Average rating from 33 members
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 Purgatory standout was its very real heart at the story's centre. There was some genuinely lovely commentary that felt quietly sincere within the tale, and its inclusion made it much more than simply a fun, throwaway read.
I absolutely loved this book. Thank you.
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 novel. I found myself putting everything else on the side line 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 everyday like it’s your last and treating everyone with respect. There is so much to talk about with this book but unfortunately it’d all be spoilers. But I wanna say thank you to Fairlight Books for letting me get an advance copy through NetGalley.
I most certainly recommend this book. Milton In Purgatory is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.
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