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The Young Inferno (Hardcover, 1st UK ed) Loot Price: R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 You Save: R47 (15%)

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The Young Inferno (Hardcover, 1st UK ed): John Agard
The Young Inferno (Hardcover, 1st UK ed): John Agard

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The Young Inferno (Hardcover, 1st UK ed)

John Agard; Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

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In the middle of my childhood wonder / I woke to find myself in a forest / that was - how shall I put it - wild and sombre." Using Dante's Inferno as his model, Agard sends a teenage narrator on a tour of Hell, squired by a fable-spouting Aesop rather than Virgil and encountering not only Charon, Mammon and their traditional like but Einstein and the Furies, here pictured as a street gang. Despite Kitamura's jagged, smudgy black-and-white figures (some of which will be recognizable to contemporary readers), the trek never acquires much emotional or poetic intensity as, unlike Dante, the author seldom names names, finishes up in an abbreviated 13 Cantos and skips over any mention of Lucifer. He also closes by having the narrator hook up with Beatrice (billed by Aesop with a wink as "The Good Fairy") in the library: "I danced in the chemistry of her eyes / and I could have chilled out there for ever." Steer readers who can't face the original to Marcus Sanders and Sandow Birk's weirdly campy but grand illustrated rendition, Dante's Divine Comedy (2004). (Poetry. 12-15) (Kirkus Reviews)
Can our hoodie hero make it through nine circles of Hell and back again? Will he find love with his soulmate, Beatrice? Discover the city of Dis where everybody disses everybody. Meet Frankenstein, the lovesick bouncer with the bling-bling. Come face to face with the Furies, a gang of snake-haired females in T-shirts. Prepare for a host of gluttons, bigots and plunderers from the world of history and politics. John Agard fires Dante's Inferno into the 21st century in a red-hot retelling, with wicked artwork from Satoshi Kitamura.


Imprint: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: August 2008
First published: April 2009
Authors: John Agard
Illustrators: Satoshi Kitamura
Dimensions: 250 x 180 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 80
Edition: 1st UK ed
ISBN-13: 978-1-84507-769-3
Barcode: 9781845077693
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > General
Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > General
LSN: 1-84507-769-5

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