This is the passage, with which Declan Hughes, chooses to preface his book ‘The Colour Of Blood’
The words are taken from Dante’s, Divine Comedy, Inferno.
“We from the bridge’s head descended, where
To the eighth mound it joins, and then, the chasm
Opening to view, I saw a crowd within
Of serpents terrible, so strange of shape
And hideous, that remembrance in my veins
Yet shrinks the vital current…
Amid this dread exuberance of woe
Ran naked spirits wing’d with horrid fear,
Nor hope had they of crevice where to hide,
Or heliotrope to charm them out of view”
From what I have read of the book so far, these preface words more than adequately sum up the whole essence of the story. A very intense read, I need to get my thoughts together, so a full report will follow soon.
Updated 22nd December 2010…..
A complete synopsis, brief author biography with links, plus my thoughts about the finished book, are available by clicking here