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Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S [Anglais] [Relié]

Jeremy C Leven

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21 novembre 2000
Alas, poor Satan. He's not happy. No one seems to like or understand him; people have got him all wrong. And his relationship with God is a hostile one. Unloved and misunderstood, he's come back to Earth in search of a psychotherapist; he's prepared- if cured- to deliver the all-important Great Answer.In Jeremy Leven's wildly original comic novel, we follow the Prince of Darkness through his seven amazing therapy sessions. And we watch him grow increasingly well adjusted while his therapist, the unfortunate Dr. Kassler, descends deeper and deeper into hell.
--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Jeremy Leven, a renowned screenwriter, was educated at St. John?s College and Harvard. Satan is his second novel. Screenwriting credits include his first novel Creator, Don Juan DeMarco (which he also directed), and, most recently, The Legend of Bagger Vance. He lives in Woodbridge, Connecticut with his wife, Roberta Danza. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Satan" is heavenly. 16 janvier 2003
Par Matthew Weaver - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Java is filled with unlimited possibilities.
Consider this: I was at a local coffee place with a friend who was leaving town. He ran into the coffee shop's lending library (take a book and either return it or replace it for the other interested readers around you) and came back out with a book that he said had caught his eye during his many excursions for caffeine.
The book was Jeremy Leven's 1982 "Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S."
Quite a mouthful of a title.
I nodded politely and began edging toward the door.
But my friend's description of the book ("Some doctor develops a computer program that believes it is Beelzebub, and proceeds to give it therapy") intrigued me. So, after a few weeks of tossing and turning, I decided to return downtown and check out the book.
The story is a little more complicated than that. Dr. Sy Kassler does indeed see a computer that may or may not turn out to be Lucifer, Prince of Darkness. But there are many hilarious twists and turns to this 500-page tome, and many different aspects to the plot.
SATAN: The computer, if that is what it is, is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Leo Szlyck. Szlyck is called to connect and create a mysterious bunch of wires and synapses to result in ol' Mephistopheles. But it is during the course of therapy that the Dark One asks us to ponder, "Think about what it must take to dare to be God's enemy."
THE UNFORTUNATE DR. KASSLER: Sy Kassler is indeed unfortunate. We first meet him coercing an STD-beleaguered, only-Italian speaking girl into his bed. Then there is his subsequent love affair with and marriage to the commitment-shy Vita, who turns psychotic after the birth of their first child. Kassler leads the life of a tragic figure. And now he's treating Satan? God help him. Literally.
EVERYTHING ELSE: There's Lupa, the beautiful woman who falls in love and has an affair with the computer; Sam Zelazo, Kassler's boss and Szlyck's archnemesis and a multitude of other plotlines and characterizations that make the on-cover comparison to novels like Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" seem very apt.
It is a story that is very much about Satan's psyche and those of the people surrounding him. Leven compiled a classic comedic think piece with "Satan," and philosophers and comedy seekers alike should seek it out.
Author Robert Heinlein has a quote on the back of the book that is so appropriate to the tone and mood of the book that it deserves to be the last word:
"'Satan' is terrific! I could not put it down. However, Jeremy Leven will be lynched if they ever catch him."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Life-changing, and funnier than Hell... 7 janvier 2000
Par "james_t" - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Can a mere novel completely change your brain chemistry andirreversibly pickle your theology? This one WILL. You'll also laugh,cry and forever rethink what they've always told you about God and Satan. This book's perfectly constructed irony and pit-dark black humor makes it a worthy companion of 'Catch 22', but its characters aren't typical black-comedy pawns. Levin's players are fallible and funny, warm and loving, distinctively-drawn people for whom you'll care deeply. The females are especially strong, sympathetic and distinctive... The book is a hilarious send-up of psychotherapy doublespeak, a surprisingly profound yet entertaining meditation on philosophy and theology (from Satan's side of things), and a tear-provoking tale of Kassler's family, full of love for each other but hopelessly dysfunctional... If Kassler's 1970s-style recap of Job's bad luck streak doesn't plunge him to such wretched depths that he follows through on his planned suicide (and that's a big 'if'), he'll instead plumb the Devil's unhappiness via the strangest psychotherapy ever transcribed. If Kassler makes Satan happy once again, Kassler's reward will be to learn the answer to The Great Question, ''What is life?'' (Yep, the book tells us this cosmic truth, too -- worth the price of admission alone, as the carny pitchmen used to say) .... OK, enough gush. You've GOT to read this. PLEASE. I PROMISE it will be worth every second it takes you to find it. THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Some Books You Just Never Forget... 27 septembre 1997
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I was an 8th grader in a Catholic school when I found a copy of this lying on a teacher's desk, no doubt confiscated so as to protect some young, impressionable mind... Well, Satan called to me, apparently, and I was compelled to help myself to the book before the teacher returned to the classroom. I started reading it at lunch, and by the time school let out, I was hooked! Even at my young age, I recognized that this was one of the best stories I'd ever read. A great appreciator of sarcasm and dry wit, I often found myself sympathizing more with Satan than that "Poor Schmuck," Jeffrey. (If I were his wife, I would have left him, too!) I must have read it about 10 times. Unfortunately, my dad decided to save me from myself, and the book perished in the fireplace at his hands. Now, at the semi-seasoned age of 26, I want desperately to read it again. I've tried for years to find another copy, to no avail. If anyone can steer me in the right direction (I realize it's out of print, but would gladly accept a used donation!), I'd be immensely grateful!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A modern day take on Dante's "Inferno" 15 juillet 1997
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An intensely dense text that is at turns delightful, humorous and sarcastic while remaining thought-provoking throughout. On a humorous par with Douglas Adams' ("The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy") best, but on the intellectual level of Stephen Hawking, with Vonnegut's ironic tone thrown in for good measure.

The novel is actually constructed in a beautiful homage to Dante's "Inferno," right down to the internal movement of the story, which spirals into each of Dante's levels of Hell, allowing the well-drawn main characters to commit each of the sins that would lead them to that specific level. If you can read this book in conjunction with "The Inferno," you'll appreciate its many levels even more. This may be a tall order, but it is truly worth the investment of time necessary.

I have read this book nearly once a year since I first found it in 1984. It's remained fresh every time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sympathy for the Devil 13 mai 2001
Par Michael D. Weiss - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Rarely does a comic novel so deftly epitomize the cultural tendencies of an age like "Satan" does. The back cover to my copy makes that horrible mistake of writing "If you liked Garp and Rabbit, you'll love...." But even such well-intended literary comparisons don't do Leven's book justice. Original in its playful satire of psychotherapy and its supposed cure-all for human (mis)behavior, "Satan" is a hearty chuckle at mankind's interminable need to dose all the trouble in the world with a panacea of Absolute Truth. And indeed, the delicious bait in this novel is that ever-elusive answer to the "meaning of it all" as offered by the Devil--our first and most lasting scapegoat for evil, misfortune and misery.
Definitely a philosophy/worldview-changer like Kundera or Pirsig at their best....
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