Brown hounded for calling Manila ‘gates of hell’

In this Monday, May 13, 2013 photo, author Dan Brown poses for a portrait in New York. His new book, "Inferno," published by Doubleday releases on May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Dan Brown’s description of Manila as “the gates of hell” in the American novelist’s latest book has not gone down well with officials in the Philippine capital.

The book “Inferno,” which is being sold in the Philippines, includes a character who is visiting the city and taken aback by poverty, crime and the sex trade.

The chairman of metropolitan Manila, Francis Tolentino, wrote an open letter to Brown on Thursday, saying that while “Inferno” is fiction, “we are greatly disappointed by your inaccurate portrayal of our beloved metropolis.”

Tolentino objects to the “gates of hell” description, and to Manila being defined by what he calls terrible descriptions of poverty and pollution.

He says the novel fails to acknowledge Filipinos’ good character and compassion.

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