- Unknown Binding: 76 pages
- Publisher: Share the Wealth Productions (1998)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006R7DVQ
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,091,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Battle Neverending Unknown Binding – 1998
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I just finished reading, Battle Neverending by <a href="[...]">Saab Lofton</a>, the radical columnist formerly with the Las Vegas CityLife. What a read! As I followed the fictional interview between Tomorrowman and Bill Moyers, I found myself wishing that what was written here would be historically true. Meaning, we'd look back on that story and see what really happened: Nader as president, all nuclear weapons are destroyed ... it sounds like a world straight out of the utpian future we hope for.
Lofton has a special way of connecting to his readers. He's honest with us. The dialogue between the characters is realistic. I could easily visualize these interactions taking place even though they sometimes take place in fictional places. And yet, Lofton is up front about this being a work of "edutainment," or "infotainment." It is an effective and intelligent blend of fact and fiction.
Scattered throughout the fiction are bits of the real world; quotes from Stephen Hawking, Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6) --- 666, Ray Bradbury and others. This blur between the world as most of us see it and the world that Lofton envisions induces a whirlwind of fruitful green energy that plants the seeds of change deep within the consciousness of all who read Battle Neverending.
This is definitely a book that folks will point to at some point in the future as an influence on their lives. A book that radical organizations will be sure to stock on their shelves so that new members might get a sense of the vision they feel. This book is a must read, not just because it's written by Saab Lofton, but because it will reignite the smoldering flames within you and encourage you to keep fighting against the corporatist, capitalist elite.
Battle Neverending's first short story, "Rapture," delivers Lofton's views on The Nation of Islam and its collusion with White American Capitalism. In it, a guardian spirit named Dudley who dares to question the Collective Consciousness's (God's) ways is sold out to the Garbage Man (Satan). The story reads more like a comic book at times, but Lofton makes excellent use of both the Biblical book of Job and Heinlein's Job: A Comedy of Justice. Ultimately, Lofton very entertainingly tells us that we are all pawns in the larger game.
"Make Love, Not War" is hands-down the best story in the collection. Written as a diary of the starving-artist, J.B. Stoner, "Make Love" relates how Stoner was kidnapped by a Dr. Moreau-type mad scientist, ironically named Dr. Noah, and taken to "Paradise Island." Dr. Noah's breeding experiment involves mating black men and white women (Frederick Douglass would be proud). This story carries one of Lofton's primary theses: the inevitable mingling of the races into, as Lofton puts it, a world of Lenny Kravitz/Halle Berry look-a-likes who no longer oppress or exploit on the basis of race; however, what Lofton ultimately shows his audience is that while, in his mind, this ideal race may be laudable and unavoidable, it cannot be externally forced by Dr. Noah types.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This collection of short stories peppered with poems is committed literature in the truest sense of the word with a much needed sense of the fantastic thrown in to blow your mind... Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Master of Time and Space
There's probably not too much to add to the reviews already up. This is a great book that everyone should read. Read morePublished on November 14, 2006 by Charles