5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not For Me,
This review is from: Hell (Paperback)
I found the premise of this book intriguing - a depiction of the afterlife in Hell told through the eyes of a selection of different characters. However, I found the book as a whole extremely disappointing.
The book follows various characters - who all seem to be linked, even if to a vague degree - as they gradually find themselves entering Tsutsui's version of Hell. The version of Hell put forward doesn't seem so bad - it's a place where people can absolve themselves before moving on to somewhere else. In fact, it seems in general to be a much better place to be than "the real world". It's worth pointing out that this is as far as the book goes. There is no underlying story, and little is brought to a conclusion at the end. Also, at times I found the text quite hard to follow. It's tricky to discern how some of the character's died - or even if they died.
The absence of chapters, and the way in which the author jumps randomly to and from each character's story made the narrative hard to follow. The style of writing isn't to my taste as it is quite shallow. I do prefer much more depth to a book, but this is merely my personal preference, and may not prove a problem for another reader.
One final thing to note is that the book I have is only 190 pages, whereas Amazon state the page count goes to 300. I'm not sure whether this is a misprint, or if I've somehow come across a shorter version? For me it's no bad thing, as I don't think I could have stuck with another 110 pages.