And terrified. Good night, sir. Reich shouted: "Jonas! Why should I have all the fun? Thank you. Reich arose from the bed and toweled himself before the cheval mirror, practicing the smile.
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Action and more action - enough unexpected zigzags to keep any reader guessing. These Telepaths take up many roles in society, such as physician and police commissioner. To add complexity to this brain peeping, the Espers are categorized by the level they can penetrate: 3rd Class Espers can peep the conscious mind to discover what the person is thinking at the moment, 2nd Class Espers can peep below the conscious level to the preconscious and 1st Class Espers can peep all the way down to the unconscious, the deepest levels of the mind.
If all this peeping sounds like an invasion of privacy, you are spot-on - it most certainly is an invasion of privacy! Deep Psychology: Coupled with brain peeping, the characters in the novel pepper their conversation with Freudian terms like id, ego, superego.
Sigmund Freud was a huge influence back in the s and Alfred Bester picks up on the prevailing psychological theory in a major way. The further the story progresses, the more this sinister apparition is connected with Freudian theory.
Also connected ah, Freud! Ben Reich needs help from powerful 1st class Espers to cancel out those other damn Espers working for the police.
Since Tate can only exert his Esper powers when in the same room with Ben, our passionate tycoon with "the killer instinct" requires an additional shield for his murderous mind - an especially potent advertising jingle he can repeat over and over when in the presence of an invasive peeper. By the way, back in the s companies hired psychologies and put heaps of energy into making certain their advertising jingles would be unforgettable, especially when broadcast on that new piece of mind-controlling technology, the television.
Lincoln Powell, Ph. They both arose. Instinctively, their hands met in the four-way clasp of final farewell. Back in the s the computer was in its infancy but forward-thinkers envisioned infinite possibilities for the new calculating tool.
The Unexpected: One of the many unanticipated events in the story is a case of female hysteria. Disgusting Cultural Assumptions: Unfortunately, Bester falls into the trap, so pervasive at the time, in his treatment of women and minorities. Growing up in the s myself, I had firsthand experience of such appalling attitudes. Also, in its portrayal of s America, not to be overlooked by more general readers. Two outstanding book covers:.
The Demolished Man
Major characters[ edit ] Ben Reich, who lacks moral integrity and is willing to take considerable risks in order to see his wishes carried out. His personal mantra is: "Make your enemies by choice, not by accident". Lincoln Powell is a Class 1 Esper in his thirties. He is Prefect of Police, which in this case means chief detective. He is handsome, intelligent, charming and well-liked. As the story opens, he is being considered for the Presidency of the Esper Guild, but since he is single and not married to another Esper, as Guild policy requires, he is disqualified.
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His father, James J. Bester, owned a shoe store and was a first-generation American whose parents were both Austrian Jews. Their first child, Rita, was born in Though his mother was born Jewish, she became a Christian Scientist , and Alfred himself was not raised within any religious traditions; he wrote that "his home life was completely liberal and iconoclastic. He played on the Penn Quakers football team in and, by his own account, was "the most successful member of the fencing team.