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The Demolished Man Paperback – July 2, 1996
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Unfortunately this e-edition seems to have been rushed. It is filled with typographical errors, which are made more annoying because the author used odd typography to help you fell the setting. For instance, one character is named 1/4main (Quartermain), and another is Wyg& (Wygand). I am NOT saying these examples are mistakes, but somehow every instance of the word "marry" is spelled "many". There are numerous other instances. I hope it will be cleaned up.
A near future world where a small minority has developed their latent ESP, Bester's world is a compelling mix of utopia and dystopia. The mind police have virtually eliminated crime, either by rooting it out beforehand, or by always catching their man after-the-fact. But this safety comes at a dear price, where the unenforcable promise of the ESPers is only guarantee of privacy that most have.
However, Ben Reich, as head of a major corporate powerhouse, feels that he can outsmart the ESPers. Haunted in his dreams by a mysterious man, and driven by uncontrolled passions, Reich decides to eliminate his chief rival, D'Courtney. The murder sets off a brilliant battle of wits between Reich and the head investigator, Powell, which can only end in the "demolition" of Reich, or the total embarrassment of Powell.
Who gets demolished? What IS "demolition"? Why would Reich risk so much to kill D'Courtney? With so many pressing questions, it was amazing to see Bester wrap this book up in such a fulfilling way. A great mystery with a clever ending, set in a compelling near future world - despite its age, "The Demolished Man" remains a standard-bearer of its field.
But the science is fantastical (a failing of 50's SF) and if you don't like the writing style, you'll most likely not finish the book, so do take a peek first.
P.S. Also if you like this novel read The Stars, My Destination. I think, this is the best novel Alfred Bester written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the 1st Hugo Award Winner from the early 1950s. Good story line. Detective work to solve a murder. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jimmy C. Harcrow
A truly great book that stands up well against it's age. Alfred Bester was a fantastic writer. Definitely one for your library.Published 1 month ago by Dylan McConnell
While the ideas were probably innovative at the time, the book is really dated at this point, and some of the characterization is problematic.Published 4 months ago by M. Shinners
Tight blend of futurescape and human psychology that keeps your attention. Dated to be sure but full of vivid character images with interplay easily making up for the 50's feel of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Betterbones
I wish I could live in this world. What a ride! Wow! The Esper society was so cool to read about, and I loved the synesthesia in the book.Published 5 months ago by Anne
The book is great!
You can tell that it was written decades ago because there is a pile of ideas and twists (not all of them unexpected) which gives it raw power that is... Read more