- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Social Contract Pr; Fourth American Edition edition (December 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1881780074
- ISBN-13: 978-1881780076
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 286 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Raspail’s credentials are a lifetime spent in world travel and dispassionate sociological examination. He is an expert on recognizing the elements that lead to the extinction of civilizations and societies and has written a novel (a novel, not a government document) whose premise is the end of Western civilization, drawing heavily on past European and African revolutions and biblical theology. Even as an English translation, the writing is powerful and a deeply intellectual and an analytical mind shines through. Apocalyptic scenarios are sketched with humour and whimsy and a clear appreciation of the absurd.
Raspail reiterates that this is a parable: a superficial story combined with a deeper message. People who read the novel, anxiously searching to apply labels of racism, imperialism, supremacism, fascism etc, will be quickly satisfied, since after all one of the central themes is the toxicity of this behaviour and its consequences to society, and they are immediately and effectively caricatured. Don’t be intimidated by anyone into missing this incredible novel, every page is precisely tuned to evoke an emotion. The intellectual terrorism wielded abundantly by characters in the novel, is in plain view in many of the reviews and articles that you see. Raspail has an earthy approach that is more easily identified with the many societies he has observed, and his unflinching imagery may be unpalatable to some and courageous to others.
As with “The War of the Worlds”, “1984”, “Animal Farm” and “Fahrenheit 451” (to name a few of the most visible books of this nature), those most in need of the reflection this novel should inspire, will be the quickest to denounce both the novel and its creator, presuming to know him through a story he has told. But fiction novelists and fiction movie-makers are free (today and hopefully always) to imagine "what-ifs" and develop powerful themes, even if apocalyptic or dystopian, and readers and movie-goers are still free to read and view, and to examine their own minds, societies and consciences.
How can anyone have been so accurate? It's almost unbelievable. While Raspail didn't use the term "social justice warriors," the work of these people is seen as a key to the loss of our culture. He has the Pope as a social activist and mentions that the World Council of Churches. Raspail has the liberal media continuously pecking away at western values and promoting racial guilt. Things become so bad that police officers really do little to enforce laws and norms are weakened more and more. The military is soft and more concerned with social issues than defense. More and more the media grind away at social and economic inequality. More white guilt. And on it goes. Previous third world immigrants are shown as mostly invisible to white Europe but are seething, in Raspail's words, with envy and hate. At the first chance, they join with the new third world immigrants, and European culture is forever changed and the white race is lost.
Horror comes at the end of the book as a motley group of 20 or so whites who are still defending the south coast of France are killed in a bombing raid by the new multi-racial government. A document is later found noting the 20 had fought and killed some hundreds of "ganges' and "fellow travelers." Raspail's point is to show how easy it would have been for Europeans to defend themselves had there been any remaining will or belief in the West of its institutions.
Looking at current events and reading Raspail is beyond unsettling. How could anyone see this coming so clearly from 44 years ago? I mean no hyperbola but Raspail provides the most terrifying book I have ever read.