Abandon All Hope
What if hell was a dorm room with two beds, two desks, and three people, with nothing to read but Paddington Bear erotica? Abandon All Hope runs with this idea in a playful upheaval of Christian heaven and hell mythology. The approach of satirizing good and evil is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, in which significant ethical questions are revealed through humor.
Abandon All Hope is snort-out-loud funny. Can’t wait to see it on stage and screen.
I sat down this past Saturday with Abandon All Hope in my local coffee shop and ended up being there all morning as I got pulled into the captivating story that Peter has written. The setting of a dorm room is perfect for raising the tension between characters. What more of a personal yet, stress-inducing location exists? The characters are all well developed and I think my only “complaint” was I didn’t get to spend even more time getting to know these three. You see their strengths, passions, and vulnerabilities as fellow humans on life’s journey.
In summary- highly recommend!
Picked up Peter Fenton’s book on a rainy night and finished it the same night. The characters were so relatable. It was easy to get hooked into wanting to know what happened to them and if they indeed learned from their experience.
I also really dig the mystical idea of our unconscious life being interrupted in a very real way. People freezing in place for a moment to see things differently. Teresa’s character was interesting to me and I knew there would be a twist. You did not disappoint. I went back and read the forward after I finished the book. I am glad I did it that way. It was a great way to wrap it all up contextually.
Like the way you think and write. We need folks out there who can successfully live among dissimilar viewpoints while staying open and loving! You have that disposition and it is refreshing. I thank God for multifaceted creative expression… especially ones that help us stretch and grow.
Thought-provoking, funny, and ultimately hopeful, this was a great little book that I really enjoyed. It reminded me of The Good Place meets Dogma (in a good way!). The characters are very well developed, each of them “good people” by their own standards but struggling with what that really means morally and theologically, and the plot is an intriguing one. I’d really like to see it as a stage production one day.
Love Abandon All Hope! Bought the Kindle edition. Peter Fenton is a unique author that blends hilarious writing with profound thoughts. This is a great read. Made me smile and laugh, and then put the book down at key moments to reflect and think. Rare find. Highly recommend this important book! Thanks Peter!