- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Satan in the Suburbs
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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.
`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.Read more ›