The Philippines Would Like a Word With Dan Brown

Government official unhappy with 'gates of hell' description

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 23, 2013 6:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – Manila officials were probably excited to learn that one of the characters in Dan Brown's latest sure-to-be blockbuster visits the city. That is, until they read the descriptions of the child-sex trade, pollution, and poverty, all of which prompted the character in Inferno to declare, "I've run through the gates of hell." Well. Manila official Francis Tolentino has written a strongly worded letter to Brown and his publisher complaining of the "inaccurate portrayal of our beloved metropolis" and demanding a correction of some kind, reports AFP.

Tolentino even pored over Philippines travel records and declared that Brown has never visited the country. If he had, says Tolentino, Brown would know that instead of being the "gates of hell," Manila is actually ... wait for it ... the "doorway to heaven," reports ABS-CBN. (And people call Brown a hack.) No word yet in response from the Da Vinci Code author.

This book cover image released by Doubleday shows Inferno, by Dan Brown.
This book cover image released by Doubleday shows "Inferno," by Dan Brown.   (AP Photo/Doubleday)
Author Dan Brown speaks at Avery Fisher Hall Wednesday, May 15, in New York.
Author Dan Brown speaks at Avery Fisher Hall Wednesday, May 15, in New York.   (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)
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