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Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S. Paperback – November 21, 2000
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Consider this: I was at a local coffee place with a friend who was leaving town. He ran into the coffee shop's lending library (take a book and either return it or replace it for the other interested readers around you) and came back out with a book that he said had caught his eye during his many excursions for caffeine.
The book was Jeremy Leven's 1982 "Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S."
Quite a mouthful of a title.
I nodded politely and began edging toward the door.
But my friend's description of the book ("Some doctor develops a computer program that believes it is Beelzebub, and proceeds to give it therapy") intrigued me. So, after a few weeks of tossing and turning, I decided to return downtown and check out the book.
The story is a little more complicated than that. Dr. Sy Kassler does indeed see a computer that may or may not turn out to be Lucifer, Prince of Darkness. But there are many hilarious twists and turns to this 500-page tome, and many different aspects to the plot.
SATAN: The computer, if that is what it is, is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Leo Szlyck. Szlyck is called to connect and create a mysterious bunch of wires and synapses to result in ol' Mephistopheles. But it is during the course of therapy that the Dark One asks us to ponder, "Think about what it must take to dare to be God's enemy."
THE UNFORTUNATE DR. KASSLER: Sy Kassler is indeed unfortunate. We first meet him coercing an STD-beleaguered, only-Italian speaking girl into his bed. Then there is his subsequent love affair with and marriage to the commitment-shy Vita, who turns psychotic after the birth of their first child. Kassler leads the life of a tragic figure.Read more ›
The novel is actually constructed in a beautiful homage to Dante's "Inferno," right down to the internal movement of the story, which spirals into each of Dante's levels of Hell, allowing the well-drawn main characters to commit each of the sins that would lead them to that specific level. If you can read this book in conjunction with "The Inferno," you'll appreciate its many levels even more. This may be a tall order, but it is truly worth the investment of time necessary.
I have read this book nearly once a year since I first found it in 1984. It's remained fresh every time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really a great book. A little basic psychology education may be required to understand the humor.
I must say, many of the reviewers fancy themselves writers and have... Read more
Some fascinating philosophic observations, and Satan's monolgues and dialogues are often very funny. It's just not a great novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by George Bogdan
Different, funny, and has such hapless characters.If you are seeking this book bc you saw film Crazy As Hell you will be disappointed.Novel has nothing in common with book.Published 8 months ago by Paula Lindsay
If that strikes your interest, then you should read this book. It is an epic tale of the conflict between humanism and spiritualism. I loved the book. My father...not so much. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This book was recommended to me by someone who knew how much I enjoyed Neil Gaiman's "American Gods". Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Bob Grommes
brilliant bio chemistry and brain stuff - and fun to read!!!
a dark comedy that is very engaging and entertaining---
I had this on my wish list for a long time. I came to this book while looking up a favorite old movie "Creator", written by this author. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Rachael A. Takei
Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S. is the funniest and most disturbing book I read in the 1990s (except the zine Murder Can Be Fun. Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Peltier Cooler
Great read, a little heavy-handed with its themes and metaphors, not as purely comic as the title blurbs would lead you to believe--it gets pretty dark and pretty dense with the... Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by McGoo