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Satan in the Suburbs

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ISBN-13: 978-0851246284
ISBN-10: 0851246281
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Spokesman Books (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851246281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851246284
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970). Philosopher, mathematician, educational and sexual reformer, pacifist, prolific letter writer, author and columnist, Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential and widely known intellectual figures of the twentieth century. In 1950 he was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 1950 for his extensive contributions to world literature and for his "rationality and humanity, as a fearless champion of free speech and free thought in the West."

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anna Belkine on June 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
No matter whether you've read a great volume of Russell's work, or just got one of those small paperback collection of his quotes, or even if you've just been trying to impress people with knowing Russell, secretly piling his essays into the huge "must read" crate in your basement- I think you are going to like this book. (I've seen many people in the latter category- enticed by the astuteness of his quotes and then later trying to pick up Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy.)
As an introduction to Russell, I strongly suggest Satan in the Suburbs- it is out of print, but worth owning. It is a collection of sardonic tales about the nature of human thought, logic and moral values. In Infraredioscope,four "apocalyptic knights" in the form of Advertisement, Diplomacy, Science and Money with amazing efficiency take over the world. Zahatopolk tells a tale of a rebel movement in a grotesque world of the inca-based empire. Satan in the Suburbs tells of...well, a satan opening a little practice in the suburbs, who uses reason to corrupt his customers. The Nightmares of Eminent Persons, if your publication includes it (it might if it`s published after 1954) is also very amusing, provided you have some knowledge of history and philosophy.
I would never discourage anyone to read his more popular works, like History of Western Philosophy, Ethics and Politics, Atheism, Why I am Not a Christian, etc. However, fiction, especially short fiction, has a certain power of delivering things lightly and subtly and to a wider range of people. This power is most efficiently utilized in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hans Castorp VINE VOICE on June 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I only wish this book was longer! 4 Stories of amazing fun, set in post-war England, featuring the horrors of the suburban satan, a group of radical conspiracyists in Corsica, laughs on every page, plus some worldly wisdom by the great thinker hidden amidst these truly sublime tales! Suitable for all ages and all eras, and it strides within many genres!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on August 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
In his typical ironic/sarcastic style, B. Russell wrote a bundle of brilliant and very `serious jokes', while in the meantime venting his in depth views on the world, life and mankind. His views are now more relevant than ever before.

Themes
`Satan in the Suburbs' exposes the evil spirit in (of) the world and `The Corsican Ordeal of Miss X' the destructive dictates of honour. In `The Infra-Rediscope', a secret committee is plotting a complete domination of the world, while `The Guardians of Parnassus' unveils the hypocrisy of the secret sinners and `Benefit of Clergy' clever deceit.

The World, Power
For one of B. Russell's protagonists, `the prince of the world has a malignant mind and a cold destructive intellect. Why is his wickedness so successful? Because in many (human beings) lurks the hope of splendid sin, the wish to dominate and the urge to destroy.'
The power of finance is not the only great power in the modern world, because there are also the press, advertising and science. The newspaper `The Daily Lightning' is one of these great powers, while advertising (manipulation) can `rouse to frenzy the passions of the public' for or against anything.
Those who search for unchallenged superiority don't care if mankind is better or worse off. `Private gains and private power are their sole aims. Lies, deception and terror are their means.' (!)

Life, mankind, hypocrisy
For one of B. Russell's protagonists, it is not only man that is rapacious and cruel. Life itself is cruel, since it can only live by preying upon other life. `Mankind is a mistake. I cannot understand how God can have tolerated so long the baseness of those who boast blasphemously that they have been made in His image.
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By Bruce McConchie on October 20, 2014
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Just what I expected
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