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Songy of Paradise / by Gary Panter.
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ISBN:
9781683960287
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First Fantagraphics edition.
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Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, 2017.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 39 cm
General Note:
"Wherein Satan and a hillbilly re-enact the temptation of Jesus in the desert, hewing to John Milton's epic poem Paradise Regained but without Milton's verbosity."
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"Songy of Paradise is an inspired interpretation of John Milton's retelling of the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan after being baptized by John the Baptist and fasting for forty days and nights in the Judaean Desert. Panter's version doesn't rely on Milton's words, but faithfully follows the structure of Milton's Paradise Regained, with one notable exception: Jesus has been replaced by a hillbilly, Songy, who is on a vision quest before being tempted by a chimeric Satan figure."--Provided by publisher.
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Panter's version doesn't rely on Milton's words, but faithfully follows the structure of Milton's Paradise Regained, with one notable exception: Jesus has been replaced by a hillbilly, Songy, who is on a vision quest before being tempted by a chimeric Satan figure.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Panter's riff on Milton's Paradise Regained promises to entertain "without Milton's verbosity," and it manages to cut to the quick of the least acknowledged of Milton's religious verse epics. While many of the elements of Panter's satirical scuzz-punk rendition won't look familiar to Miltonians, the central drama will. A dragonlike beast of hell does everything in its power to seduce Songy, a none-too-bright wastrel hillbilly, to the dark side. But no matter what kind of foods, riches, and worldly power "the Lord High Demon Lucifer Satan Beelzebub" throws at Songy, he resists mightily, barking in irritation that "us simple mountain folk" don't need anything because "we are already filled to the gills with constant prayer and abiding fear." Panter's alternately rough-hewn and crisply detailed black and white etchings are as mixed as the writing's concoction of redneck satire and mock epic. While the oversized, gilt-embossed package is perhaps a tad pretentious, this is smart, weird, philosophical, and aggressive in all the right ways. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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